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Old 11th November 2004
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I found this website on another forum. I can't believe how runned down Mo-town is.

Ruins of Detroit
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In some very old sheds there are some amazing gadgets. :!
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Some of it kinda reminds me of Buffalo. I love those kinda old warehouses. Makes me wish I could buy one, just to hang out, ya know.
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I've been there, I know.
Where's all that Casino money going??!?!
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I've been there, I know.
Where's all that Casino money going??!?!
People say Las Vegas is the Detroit of the late 20th century, because of its rapid growth on account of one industry.

With Detroit building casinos, it seems like they want to be the Las Vegas of the 21st century.
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I visited Detroit in 1999, to see a baseball game at Tiger Stadium. I got the chills just thinking of all the great players that played there.

Anyway, on the way to the game, drive past this Detroit ruin..http://detroityes.com/downtown/54mcfull.htm

Drove up as close as possible, and could not believe the sad shape of this building.
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I had a good nose through this site last night. Detroit in itself means very little to me as a Briton, but some of the buildings pictured show superb attention to detail in their architecture - a detail sadly lacking in modern buildings It is a shame to see such find buildings fall into disrepair or destroyed ina ny country. Even here, we have destroyed many beautiful buildings in the name of "progress". It is often said that we have done more damage than the Luftwaffe - and in that comment I mean no offence to anyone - let bygones be bygones, please.

Thinking of Detroit, the next book I intend to read is Wheels, by Arthur Hailey.
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Thinking of Detroit, the next book I intend to read is Wheels, by Arthur Hailey.
A damn good book that! Actually most of Arthur Haileys books are an excellent read for their style. Great characters and great settings… Hotel is another goodie. And Airport 1975 (I think it was) was the inspiration for that funny movie "Flying High".

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The Michigan theater must of been really nice in its day. I can't believe they use it for a parking garage now.

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Thinking of Detroit, the next book I intend to read is Wheels, by Arthur Hailey.
A damn good book that! Actually most of Arthur Haileys books are an excellent read for their style. Great characters and great settings… Hotel is another goodie. And Airport 1975 (I think it was) was the inspiration for that funny movie "Flying High".

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I'm reading In High Places at the moment, I just finished reading Overload, before that I read Hotel. Before that was Flight Into Danger, a tiny book compared to the rest! I'd read The Evening News if I could find it! I'll read Airport again when I've finished Wheels. I love his books, but can only read them every 5 years or so else I remember too much of the plot and have to put it down

Finklejag, I saw those Michigan Theatre pics. Talk about an utter insult!
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OMG!
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Well at least they move all the homeless/"girls who provide services" a couple blocks away for the autoshow ops:
Detroit was been a lost cause for more than a decade, sure they have casino's now but I drive 4 hours north rather than the hour downtown. Besides the autoshow the only reason I go to detroit is to get to Canada.

This was only about 6 miles from my house (Not even in the same county as Detroit) was a cool building though.
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Thats a pretty depressing town. I love old buildings and factories, that just stand there in the shadows, seemingly not aware of time but becoming victims of it. Its inspiring, aweing, eerie and depressing all at once.
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People say Las Vegas is the Detroit of the late 20th century, because of its rapid growth on account of one industry.
One industry? They've got gambling, prostitution, tourism and construction (for now)...
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I've only lived in Detroit since 1996, and I've learned that Detroit is unique. I was always confused that one of the largest industries in the world (auto) can't seem to generate enough money to keep it in decent shape. But it is kind of a catch-22: You can't generate money if people won't come to live in Detroit. People won't come to live in Detroit if there's nowhere to work.

Detroit can't seem to keep it's head above water. Can't concentrate on buildings when there's that whole pesky crime thing happening. But there's be less crime if all the abandoned buildings were razed.

We just built a new baseball stadium. The old one sits a couple blocks away, rusting quietly.

There are any number of views & thoughts regarding Detroit, but one thing I have learned is that there are very loyal people here. Our Lions lose almost every gamne they play, but people still go out to watch them. I love saying I'm from the Detroit area (I can't say I'm a Detroiter as I grew up in Chicago), and I'm plenty happy here.

I choose to look at Detroit for what it has. It does have some amazing culture, history, buildings, and people. Sure I wish it was better, but every town's got it's issues.
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