Photo essay: Once-grand Gratiot Avenue in Detroit is ..
Also interesting are the photographs of downtown Detroit and St Louis after the hurricane, why doesn’t the US government fix these things? Because America has a trade deficit of 33 billion USD, and is a dying superpower itself.
Detroit urban decay photo essay
You wonder why certain cities like Detroit and Akron begin to market themselves to various underserved communities such as sex offenders or the homeless. Across the country large groups of people are being pushed to the margins of their communities, however we have large cities with lots of empty houses and plenty of space. Just as gays and other marginalized groups became urban pioneers in decades past, today's groups could find a home in cities that regular folk have abandoned.
The 2009 photo essay from TIME on the abandoned infrastructure of Detroit tells you all you need to know. It's the "broken windows" theory on an city-wide scale.
Abandoned Detroit Auto plants - photo essay
Much of what we’ve heard about Detroit in the news for the past 30 years has been negative. Detroit has high crime rates, decrepit streets, abandoned houses, etc. but it is also a place a where life springs up and there are still many places that are beautiful, interesting, and inspiring.
So, using a Google find something good going on in Detroit and tell us about it. This can be the restoration of homes, new restaurants and housing developments, new sports venues, museums, restaurants, up-and-coming neighborhoods, new businesses, famous people who live in Detroit and so much more. So, do a little search, find something good, and then write a journal about it.
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I left Birmingham late in 1982 after three different truck lines that I worked for during that year went out from under me. I had been born there and had lived my first 25 years there. I still know many people there, many of whom are struggling again for the 3rd or 4th time since 1979. A close friend lost everything he owned recently after putting-in 32 years at GM Truck & Coach after his plant closed permanently. Other friends would love to be able to leave but they can't sell their houses. Every Spring what's left of the roads there turn into a disaster area as the cold patch from the previous year is washed away. A trip down any major road there will tell the story as millions of sq ft of commercial space stands abandoned in any direction that you head. Even the Wall Street Journal wrote a piece on it a few years ago that I enjoyed, entitled "Down & Out in Bloomfield Hills". Imagine living in an urban area the size of Detroit, of four million people, with an unemployment rate over 20% and a 1 in 200 chance of selling your house, while the State and local government is increasingly unable to maintain existing services, as business after business after business and factory after factory closes its doors??? The effect has been a lot like flying a bomber over Europe early in World War II.
The Destruction of Detroit (Photo Essay) ..
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Fwd: DETROIT, DEINDUSTRIALIZED - a photo essay on Corporate ..
There have been several factors which have combined to hurt the Rust Belt cities. The imposition of the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts of the 1970s greatly raised the costs of doing business for Detroit's manufacturers, as did the cost of the ban on soft coal over acid rain concerns. The cost of coal exhaust scrubbers didn't help either. When we add these imposed environmental regulations to the extra cost of union labor as well as extra fuel and heating costs, and the extra costs associated with the declining availability of Iron and copper ores from northern Michigan and the Mesabi Range, together, the added costs of operating large heavy industries dependent on hot metal industries in the area made many such plants non-viable, which is why many of the older plants were not modernized. Even robotic assembly couldn't save Pontiac Motor, as other costs had grown too much. Greatly increased levels of allegedly "fair" foreign trade since NAFTA has been the death knell of many of Detroit's remaining heavy industries.