Jan 31 - Modern Day Detroit in Pictures

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 7 years ago '07        #21
GrezyNclean 172 heat pts172
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 RAZAH CUTS said:
uhhhhh, no you wouldn't....

Chicago maybe, Memphis maybe, but none of those cities you named is suffering the ravaging that Detroit is....none...

look at the stats and re-read...i think you missed some key figures...
Stats?

I'm talking about the article tht was posted by the TS....there are no stats really, just photos of my city and descriptions of them.....

besides I already said wat I thought about the stats given in the Fox News Report...
 7 years ago '06        #22
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so sad......
 02-01-2011, 12:17 AM         #23
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Looks like a dope place to shoot a movie or some s**t..


I remember seeing some videos of n*ggas spelunking in these places nd findin mad s**t.


Other than that... I wouldn't live there. >__>
 02-01-2011, 12:20 AM         #24
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Getting owned by an 8th grader

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good lord that lady was in contention for mayor??

kid straight owned her
 7 years ago '05        #25
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From what i have red I'm not trying be rude or nothing but after race riots of the 1960s when most of the city got burned to the ground. Detroit never really recovered from that and the city went down hill since. All the white people and indusy left they got scared. And thats part of the reason. But aslo free trade did't help matters.


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 7 years ago '04        #26
J. Jones04 
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Not all of the D looks bad but a lot of it does. But its alot of citys here in michigan that just look run down. Ben Harbor, Saginaw, Highland Park, and if anybody ever has come here to flint knows its ugly here. They need to bring some jobs so people can have some stability around here!
 7 years ago '10        #27
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I'm born, raised and currently live in suburban Detroit and yes, it is very bad, however, not as bad as these pictures would lead you to believe. The final battle in Transformers was shot here as was Gran Turismo. Those pictures are of dilapidated buildings that the city simply cannot afford to tear down.
 7 years ago '05        #28
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 klew said:
Here's an article on the history of a once proud city.


What is the city’s status today?
Outside the city’s downtown core of office buildings, Detroit looks like a postapocalyptic nightmare. The collapse of the auto industry, political dysfunction, and epidemics of crime, drugs, and arson have battered Detroit like a slow-motion hurricane, leveling entire neighborhoods and causing a major chunk of the population to flee. Nearly 30 percent of the city, an area almost the size of San Francisco, has been abandoned to “urban prairie”—vast, depopulated stretches of high grass and shattered asphalt. An Asian plant species sometimes called “ghetto palm” sprouts from the remains of abandoned buildings, where wild pheasants are occasionally sighted. The torched skeletons of homes are commonplace. In the 1980s and ’90s, demolition permits outnumbered building permits by more than 10–1. Nearly 30 percent of the city’s remaining housing stock—more than 100,000 units—lies vacant.

Who lives there?
Once the nation’s fourth-largest city, with a 1950 population of 1.85 million, only 770,000 remain, with an estimated 1,000 residents leaving every month. When the homicide rate dropped 14 percent last year, mayoral candidate Stanley Christmas said, “I don’t mean to be sarcastic, but there just isn’t anyone left to k!ll.” After World War II, Detroit was home to 1.6 million whites. The population today is 83 percent black. One-third of Detroit—and nearly half its children—lives in poverty, and one-quarter of the adult population didn’t graduate from high school. The median household income is $28,730, about half the national average, and the unemployment rate recently hit a Depression-level 29 percent. In July, the median home price was $7,100. (That’s not a typo.) “This is a whole city that is poor,” says Wayne State University professor Robin Boyle.

What went wrong?
Detroit’s fall, like its rise, is inextricably tied to the auto industry. Founded around 1700 as a French fort, Detroit didn’t begin booming until the early 20th century, when Henry Ford and other automobile visionaries launched an industry that for decades would define American ingenuity. When Detroit successfully shifted production to meet the military needs of World War II, the city became known as the “Arsenal of Democracy.” But a race riot in 1943 was a harbinger of postwar trouble. Despite its history as an engine of the American middle class—and a creator of the black middle class—Detroit began to unravel. Between the mid-1950s and the late 1960s, the city lost more than 100,000 factory jobs, and whites began fleeing to the suburbs. Detroit’s black neighborhoods were hit particularly hard, losing several plants. In 1967, tensions exploded. Over five days in July, rioters fanned out over the city, setting hundreds of fires, and looting black and white businesses. When it was over, 43 people were dead, 1,300 buildings were destroyed, and more than 7,000 people had been arrested.

How did that affect the city?
The riots were a blow from which Detroit never recovered. White flight accelerated, and businesses fled, too. In 1972, Motown, the city’s iconic record label, decamped for Los Angeles, abandoning its 10-story headquarters and the city that had fueled its success. Crime soared, and the Motor City gained a new nickname, “murder City,” becoming the nation’s official homicide capital. Even good news turned bad. When the Detroit Tigers won the 1984 World Series, fans celebrated with a frenzy of mindless destruction, burning cars and breaking windows. Two weeks later, Detroit’s increasingly ominous “Devil’s Night”—the eve of Halloween—was marked by rampant arson, with 810 fires overwhelming police and firef!ghters. Detroit was broken and on the verge of anarchy.

What did city government do?
Not much. Detroit’s first black mayor, Coleman Young, elected in 1974, was unable to halt the city’s slide, presiding over 20 more years of decline. With its tax base disappearing, city services were overstretched, and Detroit continued bleeding jobs, wealth, and people until the present day. (Detroit’s last mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, just completed a four-month prison sentence for perjury stemming from a s3x scandal.) The public school system is so bad it’s now under emergency control of the state. “I am extraordinarily concerned about the poor quality of education the children of Detroit are receiving,” says U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “I lose sleep over that one.”

Is there any hope?
Yes, but a real revival remains a long shot. City officials are
hoping that a trickle of homesteaders now moving in to take advantage of dirt-cheap housing will turn into full-scale gentrification. (See below.) They’re also hoping that a new generation of hybrid and electric cars will pump new life into the U.S. auto industry. But the city’s new mayor, former Detroit Pistons legend Dave Bing, is currently facing a nearly $300 million deficit and city bonds approaching junk status. The city is so desperate for cash, it has sold the brass poles from some of its firehouses. Bing says he’ll have to make major cuts in the city’s budget, with many layoffs. “I think it’s difficult for people to accept the pain that we have to go through,” he says. “If we don’t handle the problems that we’ve got today, there is no long term.”

Reimagining Detroit
If Detroit has a future, it can be glimpsed in a new generation of urban homesteaders who have begun reclaiming ragged neighborhoods, renovating old housing stock, and turning abandoned lots into gardens. The city has a massive supply of usable industrial locations and plenty of cheap labor, a combination that could once again attract entrepreneurs. Mayor Bing is encouraging residents to leave deserted, far-flung areas of the city and move to populated zones; if he can effectively “shrink” Detroit’s geography, he figures, he can better provide essential services like policing and sanitation. “We’re not going to roll over and die,” said George Jackson, CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. “To me, this is war. And I think we’re going to win.”

ANYONE ELSE FIND THIS ARTICLE A LITTLE RACIST? ESSENTIALLY IT SAYS, BLACK PEOPLE STARTED MOVING IN, WHITE PEOPLE STARTED MOVING OUT AND DETROIT COLLAPSED IN ON ITSELF. WHILE THIS MAY BE TRUE, THEY FREQUENTLY REFERENCE COLOR WHEN THEY MENTION A WRONG, AND THAT COLOR ALWAYS SEEMED TO BE BLACK...
 7 years ago '04        #29
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 Chest Rockwell said:
Getting owned by an 8th grader
Whoa.... She did own her. "Im a kid, your an adult"
 7 years ago '10        #30
Figueroa 34 heat pts34
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Damn that's crazy, I've got a homegirl from the D and she's glad she left. Didn't think it was THAT bad tho... Them pics remind me of that Prypiat city that had to be evacuated because of the Chernobyl meltdown.
 7 years ago '07        #31
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 onlybuilt1906 said:
I'm born, raised and currently live in suburban Detroit and yes, it is very bad, however, not as bad as these pictures would lead you to believe. The final battle in Transformers was shot here as was Gran Turismo. Those pictures are of dilapidated buildings that the city simply cannot afford to tear down.
Gran Torino?
 7 years ago '10        #32
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referring to the pictures, why is it so messy and what is that place?
 7 years ago '05        #33
Afnorth123 10 heat pts10
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s**t looks like the history channels Life after people
 7 years ago '07        #34
r.burgundy 16 heat pts16
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from here on out detroit should be tha settin for every apocolypse movie
 02-01-2011, 01:30 AM         #35
PR0TENTIAL 
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No matter what way you cut it, this s**t is very sad.
 7 years ago '05        #36
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 bookerx3 said:
feel like I am watching "Life After People" looking at those pics.


the building had all those books and the books were abandoned as well...damn...
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 Afnorth123 said:
s**t looks like the history channels Life after people
Thats what i was thinking maybe that where they filmed some of it.
 7 years ago '05        #38
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 onlybuilt1906 said:
I'm born, raised and currently live in suburban Detroit and yes, it is very bad, however, not as bad as these pictures would lead you to believe. The final battle in Transformers was shot here as was Gran Turismo. Those pictures are of dilapidated buildings that the city simply cannot afford to tear down.
i knew that game was real......

but if you meant Gran Torino...that's not helping your case since that movie was filled with a racist old man, gangs, and little girls getting their a.ss beat...
 7 years ago '05        #39
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median house is $7,100...i might snatch up a neighborhood...:dancingcool:...
 7 years ago '08        #40
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I read the entire article and it seemed factual enough with approximate stats. Bringing race in is a mid blow, but when you think of it, what large black owned companies do you know off top that could fill the void of gm and ford!? How many black entrprenuers do you know that could re hire 100,000 people?

Few to none.........................Excatly!

To me showing those pictures represents the reality that your city can't afford to tear down buildings that look like something out of fallout 3! I can understand wanting to defend your city, but lets be real stats like those don't lie! You could be on the upswing, but is it enough to really bring your city back to former glory in the next 10 yrs? I doubt it.

As for the city council vid...........................................:smh :

I hope those kids grow up fast to take over cuz they got better sense than that chick! Plus whats up with the reporter, he was really the geek!
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