Jan 31 - Modern Day Detroit in Pictures

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 02-01-2011, 05:31 AM         #61
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I hate when these articles make something look like its the worst place on earth. I'm from detroit and I have lived in 3 major cities (Atlanta,Phoenix, and Dallas). I have never found a place more fun and more live than detroit. From the females to the clubs to the casino, and the culture here is nice. Detroit is ok if you ain't in the streets stepping on ppls toes and tring to be hard you will be str8. I have never been robbed or even got into any confrontation and I'm in the club every weekend. Its funny everybody leaving cause once it bounce back s**t is gonna skyrocket. You can even go to canada and have fun. I love this city
 7 years ago '10        #62
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I'm sorry but it must be done...

 02-01-2011, 06:07 AM         #63
freakbucket 
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nothing new here. detroit HAS to do something with that train station.
 7 years ago '04        #64
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 Trill Clinton said:
This n*gga did not just post the Conyers s**t..

I'm gone after graduation...f**k this.
lol no s**t....

Great pictures... but we love Detroit so f**k yallllllll
 7 years ago '06        #65
itzadirtyworld 6 heat pts
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Aye fu7k da haters they showin da old buildings lol just watch the video they show the old cass tech all ragedy and beat up but right across the street theirs a brand new crispy clean cass tech

Just wait till next year when da lions take over the NFL and head to da bowl on u ducks cus we better than green bay and chicago
 7 years ago '04        #66
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 WestCoastHB09 said:
the first pic reminds me of a level in bioshock 2.
 7 years ago '04        #67
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 klew said:
Actual footage from a City Council meeting.



Getting owned by an 8th grader
that kid roasted her ghetto a.ss
 7 years ago '07        #68
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I love Detroit, most of these are from the old train station and Packard plant.
 7 years ago '06        #69
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Lol @ them using pictures of old abandoned buildings to discribe detroit...
 7 years ago '04        #70
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What Detroit REALLY is, a Gold mine for anyone with an investment mind state! It all land unoccupied land, its like a new frontier so much space to BUILD!! But people watch the news and get scared, they don't want to invest out of fear. Detroit has had some of the most influential Black icons call this place home. People need to dry there f**king eyes and get over what has happened here, get some investors here to really rebuild. But honestly since Detroit was once the number one spot for working class Blacks this was allowed to happen and I'm just being honest. The city can be saved, but the leadership over the last 20years has been just like Matt Millen, incompetent and just plain don't give a f**k and that includes the current people in power. They have no plan to recover they pretty much just trying to make it thru the day or their term, no 10 to 15 year plan that I've heard of, the real shame is that after all the destruction no true LEADERSHIP has emerged. But I believe things will turn around not now but soon. DPS and DPD need a MAJOR makeover Joe Clark style and sadly I don't see that happening soon either, the school system is setting these kids up to FAIL period, and I'm a product of this failed system, by the Grace of God I was able to make it thru and go to college but most aren't that fortunate, these kids are starting to buy into the ol slavery mentality of things just aren't gonna be good for them they youth is rapidly losing hope. I will stop there this is something I'm passionate about, its not a joke people yall need to be mature and understand this s**t is real...
 7 years ago '11        #71
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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.”










f**k yall i love my city
 7 years ago '04        #72
tommymm96 2 heat pts
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what a s**t hole
 7 years ago '05        #73
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those pictures aren't even of buildings in the hood...
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the buildings in those pictures they use for movies and s**t...they should have took pics of the ghetto...not the michigan theater and the old train station...they turned the old michigan theater into the parking lot for the michigan building...it just looks like that in those first couple pics cause they cleared it out for the 8 mile movie...and they used the old train station for transformers and a bunch of other s**t...fake a.ss article...
 7 years ago '05        #75
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 freakbucket said:
nothing new here. detroit HAS to do something with that train station.
they use it for movies...
 7 years ago '10        #76
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i love my city but its the gutter the only thing tht looks good in the city are the casinos and the new stadiums this is the city with the most random acts of violence if u can live in the d u can live anywhere the whole city is the ghetto not just a little part like in other states where just a 2 or 3 mile radius is considered the "hood"
 7 years ago '04        #77
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The uglier the city gets, the more creative the people get, the more motivated they are to do something about it... Violence and destruction aren't the only byproducts of a downed economy... Watch what comes out of Detroit in the next 10 years...
 7 years ago '06        #78
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that white dude had a hard time gettin them to be quiet on the interview..."LADIES AND GENTLEMEN PLEEEEAASE"....lol
 7 years ago '09        #79
Acid Rap 78 heat pts78
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Props to everyone in here from the D defending that s**thole. At least yall are tryna to put a positive spin on one of the s**ttiest places I've ever had the non-pleasure of visiting. It's empty s**t, vandalizm, and empty buildings everywhere. Even downtown was f**king desolate as f**k. Gotta ask for timed permission to take a p!ss at Mcdonalds. :disdain2:
 02-01-2011, 10:16 AM         #80
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Yo this s**t is crazy, someone was telling me about it last week and then I seen the pics on AOL. That's crazy how bad out economy is right now. Makes me wonder if the end is really upon us. Real talk, with all the craziness in the world; random murders, mysterious animal deaths and s**t, make u think....
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