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Drinking from the Fire Hose
and trying not to drown

Date: 2011-01-03 10:19
Subject: Heads up
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Tags:detroit, rl
Detroit in ruins: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2011/jan/02/photography-detroit#/

This entry was originally posted at http://mrs-sweetpeach.dreamwidth.org/268681.html.
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User: suespur
Date: 2011-01-03 23:37 (UTC)
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I'm sure you're familiar with it, but in case you aren't, check out The Ruins at DetroitYES.

It's so frustrating what's become of Detroit. What I wouldn't give to see all those buildings when they were in their prime...
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User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2011-01-04 19:43 (UTC)
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Oh yes, I very often wonder what it was like back in the day.

In the mid-eighties my then-husband-to-be took a job with Ford Motor Company and we moved from Mt. Pleasant (MI) to Detroit. At the time it was common to see "Demolished by Neglect" stenciled on buildings and/or the sheets of plywood that replaced missing doors and windows. Sometime later I learned that Demolished by Neglect was the work of the Urban Center for Photography in Detroit. I was up until one last night trying to find out whether the UCPiD still exists. I don't think it does as it is remarkably difficult to find information about it out here on the web.

Anyway, I've been reading and saving articles about Detroit's disappearing architectural heritage since 1987. I've visited The Ruins many times and it's a big favorite.

Looking at Detroit and the the still ruined parts of New Orleans , it's hard to believe they're part of America.
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User: greenlady2
Date: 2011-01-04 04:14 (UTC)
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My God! That's so disturbing.
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User: mrs_sweetpeach
Date: 2011-01-05 04:46 (UTC)
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It's damn near criminal to let old and wonderful buildings rot like that. But for disturbing, did you see this article from 2009?

The Singularity
Posted by jdg | Friday, April 03, 2009 | abandoned places, Detroit, photography Comments (95)

Last week I read in the morning paper about a street here where 60 out of 66 homes were vacant or abandoned on a single block. The reporter called it a "ghost street." Yesterday I found myself in the area. Other than an errant sofa, the street was completely empty, almost peaceful. I took a photo of every house on the north side of one block and then stitched them together. If you were to compare the current international housing crisis to a black hole sucking the equity out of our homes, this one-way street near the northern border of Detroit might just be the singularity: the point where the density of the problem defies anyone's ability to comprehend it. These homes started emptying in 2006...


Edited at 2011-01-05 04:46 am (UTC)
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