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Two French photographers document the decay of Motor City. Incredible post-apocalyptic photography.

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The ruins of Detroit

At the beginning of the 20th Century, the city of Detroit
developed rapidly thanks to the automobile industry.

Until the 50's, its population rose to almost 2 million people.
Detroit was the 4th most important city in the United States.

It was the dazzling symbol of the American Dream City with
its monumental skyscrapers and fancy neighborhoods.

Increasing segregation and deindustrialization caused violent riots in 1967.
The white middle-class exodus from the city accelerated and the suburbs grew.
Firms and factories began to close or move to lower-wage states.
Slowly, but inexorably downtown high-rise buildings emptied.

Since the 50's, "Motor City" lost more than half of its population.

Nowadays, its splendid decaying monuments are, no less than the Pyramids of Egypt,
the Coliseum of Rome, or the Acropolis in Athens, remnants of the passing of a great civilization.

http://www.marchandmeffre.com/detroit/index.html

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Wow, those photos are crazy.


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BethDeath wrote:
Wow, those photos are crazy.

The library still had books on the shelf!

eta: Someone needs to shoot a zombie movie in Detroit.

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Beautiful. Frame-worthy.

Nice find, dogbane.

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I'd live to move to Detroit buy some gorgeous old building for like $5,000, rehab it and open a restaurant. Then I realize I'd be in Detroit and have no customers.

These pictures remind me a lot of Rapture from Bioshock.

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Totally. I imagine it'd be cheap to pull all the permits and no set building necessary.

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In a similar collage of eerie pictures of the abandoned city, there was a photo of an evidence room in a police station that still contained evidence. An old revolver is clearly visible in the piled debris of evidence cards, chairs, and drawers separated from their cabinets.

I'll see if I can dig up a link later this afternoon.

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"the Colony" should have been shot in Detroit

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whisk.e.rebellion wrote:
I'd live to move to Detroit buy some gorgeous old building for like $5,000, rehab it and open a restaurant. Then I realize I'd be in Detroit and have no customers.

These pictures remind me a lot of Rapture from Bioshock.

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Totally. I imagine it'd be cheap to pull all the permits and no set building necessary.

Not actually a bad idea, some areas are starting to be revitalized. A loan of about 50,000 would be a good start IMO...
Really want to shoot some kind of paw film there now. :D

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Very cool.

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Damn.
It's just depressing to see some of those beautiful buildings in such poor condition.

If I lived in detroit, I'd find that dental office and recover the x-ray gear and chair :D That thing would make one hell of a recliner.

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really cool set! Great find.

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Really fascinating, especially when the stuff in the buildings hasn't been removed.

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Taxes are bad in Detroit. Even if you get a deal on a place, the city will tax you to the point that you essentially end up renting your place from the city. The photos that are online of the one abandoned police station in Detroit show that even helmets, vests and riot gas cannisters, along with evidence files, were simply left behind.


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I was wondering about the X-ray equipment myself, it seems untouched.

I admit, i don't know much about them, but wouldn't that pose a radiation risk even on a small level?

I remember reading about some kids who got real sick/died after messing around with an old soviet era machine after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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That Luben Apartment building would be perfect as a bug in spot! It's stone, tall, and even has crenelations on the towers. Bottom floor windows would need to be mortared in though.

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I am from Detroit and yes, it is like an Apocalypse happened there. The remnants of culture and beauty are slowly being destroyed by the ever present ghettoites and with the amount of drugs they are on are essentially zombies. Mindless drones seeking only to benefit themselves and feed off of other humans for their "braaaaaaaiiiiins" which break down to drugs, cars, hood respect, rims, drugs, guns, bling, and more drugs.


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the colony would last about 2 days in detroit before they got murdered


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Those photos from the HP police station are quite depressing. I found myself wondering how in the world people just got up and left everything. Like they all went out to lunch and never came back. All those cases, you have to wonder if they were ever solved? Were those missing persons ever found? Did anyone even care?

This is what the end looks like.

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Ohh man, those of the police station :shock:

Makes me want to sneak in a fake skeleton and chain it up in one of the cells though. No idea if anyone would ever find it but wouldn't that give someone a start :lol:

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The old UA Theater picture creeped me out!

It is really a shame. I live about an hour north of Detroit, and it once used to be a great city.

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I'm from Southeast Michigan. It's a real shame what has happened to that city -- from the mid-1920s through the late 1960s, Detroit was the happening place to be. Then came the 1968 riot, white flight, and 30 years of administrative, industrial, and cultural stagnation and rot under Coleman Young. Dennis Archer had a pretty good handle on turning things around and the city got a little better under him, but then came Kwame Kilpatrick. Kilpatrick was like the second coming of Coleman Young, if not worse. The only benefit was that Kilpatrick was ousted before he had a chance to be in office as long as Young was.

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Hard to believe such a powerful city has seen so much abuse and waste, to the point of this. Spooky and sad. And it's always weird for me to look at places where people just got up and left, that it'd gotten so bad that not even selling the equipment and materials left behind would've taken a ding out of their debt. That's seriously effed up.

My dad's family is from Michigan. I always wished I could go back and live up there, but I don't think Benton Harbor's the place to be anymore. I think most of them got the hell out of dodge in the 60's. Wiki says the town has rioted 5 times. Yeah... 4's my limit.


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Detroit is a wasteland that needs to be gated off and have the useless pieces of shit that live there rot out ,but not after we get out the few intelligent people who have something to offer to culture and society. Its a sad place, everytime I revisit I feel like I should be crying. I don't feel any pain for Detroit anymore, its the idiotic trash that lives there that makes it an undesirable place to live. I watched the council have a debate once and they were cussing each other out... It was ridiculous. I am so ashamed of that city. I wish it never existed.


Also, to the guy from Flint... Flint is the second Detroit. You should be used to the atrocities of Detroit if you live in Detroit.

I am gonna also take this opportunity to point out the fact that modern Hip-Hop promotes a trashy life style. It promotes "gangster" life style, selling drugs, abusing women, shooting people, etc... It makes it cool to be an utter piece of shit. Honestly, I someitmes wish I lived in a society that just banned this type of talk, yes talk, because that shit is not music. Yet they'd rather focus on violent video games besides something that has an actual effect on society, which is rap... How many of you know the suburban gangsters that produce nothign to society because they are too busy trying to be hood and doing drugs, because some illiterate moron told them to.


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My understanding is that Gangster Rap and Hip-Hop are different genres. Remember that Country and Western music has a long tradition of substance abuse, demeaning women and promoting violence as well.

Here's a funny mash-up: Hick Hop.

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Yes, Flint is getting just as bad. While not nearly as culturally diverse as Detroit in it's day, Flint did have some things going for it.

We have a saying in my part of the Big Mitten:

When something bad happens people in Saginaw say "Well, at least we're not Flint!"

People in Flint say "At least we're not Detroit!"

One jewel in Detroit that is still operating but has seen better days is the Masonic Temple. The place is absolutely huge, taking up at least three city blocks. There are rooms in the place that have been forgotten and left locked for who knows how long. They still hold plays and the like in it's theater.

Too bad the neighborhood around it is a no man's land, literally. If the buildings around it are not abandoned they are barred and surrounded by razor wire. No joke. It looks like WWI bunkers and trenchworks.

I know some folks who were there during the Riots in '67. They don't like to talk about it.

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