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Old 08-16-2012, 04:38 AM
 
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Googlemap W. Robinwood st and take a drive heading east from John R. to Woodward. What the hell happened here? I remember when 7 mile and Woodward was a very vibrant area. Take the tour yourself and see what it has become. Shaking my head in disbelief. I'll make it easy for you. Start here... john r at robinwood st detroit - Google Maps and drive yourself west towards Woodward. Enjoy the show! OMG! Make sure you cross Charleston street and keep driving towards Woodward, it gets worse as you go.

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Old 08-17-2012, 01:37 AM
 
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Googlemap W. Robinwood st and take a drive heading east from John R. to Woodward. What the hell happened here? I remember when 7 mile and Woodward was a very vibrant area. Take the tour yourself and see what it has become. Shaking my head in disbelief. I'll make it easy for you. Start here... john r at robinwood st detroit - Google Maps and drive yourself west towards Woodward. Enjoy the show! OMG! Make sure you cross Charleston street and keep driving towards Woodward, it gets worse as you go.
google maps is something like 2 years outdated so in many cases those neighborhoods are even more abandoned. And many all right neighborhoods are starting to fall into disarray now. Detroit is down to about 1/3 of her population so expect many of these blocks.

It's simple what happened, the people are gone. I don't get why it's so fascinating.
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:16 AM
 
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I think the intersting part for many people is the fact that people just walked away form these buildings and left them. It is fascinating in the same way an old west ghost town is fascinating.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:07 AM
 
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It's simple what happened, the people are gone. I don't get why it's so fascinating.
How about the ruins of ancient Rome and Greece? Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu?
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:59 AM
 
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How about the ruins of ancient Rome and Greece? Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu?

The ruins of ancient Rome and Greece have some historical pull while Chichen Itza and Machu Picchu (besides the historical value) also have an air of mystery to them.

Walking down a Detroit block of abandoned SFHs has neither. Maybe sometime in the future, Detroit's biggest ruins (like the train station and packard plant) will have a historical draw (they almost do now, albeit nowhere to the level of Rome) but that's many years in the future.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:02 AM
 
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I think the intersting part for many people is the fact that people just walked away form these buildings and left them. It is fascinating in the same way an old west ghost town is fascinating.
I've been to abandoned small towns out west. There is something creepy about them, like you expect to find someone just around the corner.

I never felt that way on any Detroit block, partly because they never are fully abandoned and they are always surrounded by blocks with people. So there are people around you, and it never feels that desolate
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:08 AM
 
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Ever been to Del Rey?

Ghost towns I have visited are always full of people as well.

Tourists are people too.

Well in some places they are Fudgies, but Fudgies still qualify as people don't they?
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:15 PM
 
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I think the intersting part for many people is the fact that people just walked away form these buildings and left them. It is fascinating in the same way an old west ghost town is fascinating.
Actually, I have relatives who live in the city and moved down the street to a bigger house. They can't sell the old house because there's mold in the upstairs flat and the house will likely have to be demo'd (it was my childhood home too ).

However, I asked with Detroit's long list of houses to demolish, how long would it be before this one got demo'd? Everyone just sort of shrugged and laughed it off.

I sort of feel like we've inadvertently added to the decay of Detroit, but it's really not our fault. For one, my relatives are staying within the city, and two, it's the city's job to demo vacant housing that isn't fit for habitable living. Otherwise, someone's going to have to buy a $5,000 house and spend $70,000 or more to renovate it and bring it up to standard an expect not to make money on it.

I don't think that's too popular of an investment choice in this economy with Detroit's still horrendous services.
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:56 PM
 
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The ruins of ancient Rome and Greece have some historical pull while Chichen Itza and Machu Picchu (besides the historical value) also have an air of mystery to them.

Walking down a Detroit block of abandoned SFHs has neither. Maybe sometime in the future, Detroit's biggest ruins (like the train station and packard plant) will have a historical draw (they almost do now, albeit nowhere to the level of Rome) but that's many years in the future.
Well, I respect your opinion, but will have to respectfully disagree with you. I think it would have been interesting to be in Rome, Greece, Mexico, or Peru in the beginning decades of their decline. The decline of a city/civilization tells just as much (if not more) about the people living there then its growth.

Maybe it is not interesting to you because you are around it all the time? (forgive me, but I don't recall your situation). But for someone who lives out in the suburbs and rarely sees abandonment and blight on a daily basis, it is an educative opportunity to be able to drive a few miles and see what can happen to a neglected city.
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:05 PM
 
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Default The worst area?!!! HUH?

The whole bloody town! I haven't lived there in 27 years and they've torn up THE ENTIRE TOWN! I was there in 2011 and thought I stepped out of H. G. Well's novel! They've made it all the way "across 8 Mile" and completely torn up Macomb, Oakland . . . . all of those counties.
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