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Old 07-25-2012, 10:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Yesterday i watched an interesting documentary called "Reqium for Detroit." Basically it looked at the history of detroit up to to the present time. Being interested in urban geography, I found the whole thing really fascinating and very sad. Here's this huge, historically significant city which was once thriving and full of life now a shadow of its former self - a change which just happened within a very short time.

I mean some of the images of some of these neighbourhoods are messed up. Everything derelict and destroyed - nobody around except for the odd unfortunate person lying on the street or whatever. It looks like a wasteland. In fact some residents described it really well. They called it a financial katrina. The appearance of a lot of the city resembled New Orleans after hurricaine katrina. it wasn't a natural disaster, but just by looking around you could see there was some kind of disaster that did this.

I found the whole thing pretty powerful. I don't really know how detroit can climb out of this hole.
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I heard that 30% of the city is vacant and they plan on turning those parts into farms and places for solar panels. problem is... where are they going to find the money to do that?
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I heard that 30% of the city is vacant and they plan on turning those parts into farms and places for solar panels. problem is... where are they going to find the money to do that?
the documentary touched on that. they have already started doing some farming and a lot of it has been done just by regular people. Old people who used to grow their own food have set up these farming 'gardens' on just regular old city streets. it's pretty cool.
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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When I went to Chicago and Indiana I always crossed the Detroit border and damn does it ever look bad. Just darkness everywhere and looked like no one had lived there for like 10+ years. Just looked like a wasteland. The recession and the downturn of the automotive industry fucked them up bad.
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When I went to Chicago and Indiana I always crossed the Detroit border and damn does it ever look bad. Just darkness everywhere and looked like no one had lived there for like 10+ years. Just looked like a wasteland.
Yeah i've ended up there a couple times for work, it certainly isn't pretty. Just get over the border and drive a couple minutes and it's slum city right away. Pretty sad.
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they have some great looking buildings downtown that are abandoned. there were/are houses priced under $1,000 as well.
Everyone that used to live in the city lives in the suburbs now.
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i got an aunt and uncle who've lived in detroit since the 1950s. they lived through the riots in the sixties, the steep recession in the 70s (that brought detroit to the brink), white flight, but they got out about four years before this hit. my aunt has stories from the great depression, and her and my uncle used to say that at least in the US in the 1930s, when what happened in detroit happened on a mass scale, a lot of people could still feed themselves in some way, shape, or form.
i remember her saying the scary thing was that wasn't the case now, and that her city and its working poor wouldn't survive it.
i was happy to hear that there's some hope there, and sense. one thing there is a lot of is vacant land, and as any indigenous person still fighting for whatever land is left will tell you, that's the basis for autonomy, self-actualization and community development.
thanks for the post fancy.
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Old 07-26-2012, 12:25 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Its sad to see all that great architecture left abandon. Its just insane how Detroit got so bad quickly
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