Thread: Detroit in ruins
#1 Detroit in ruins01-04-2011, 12:33 PM
Detroit in ruins
Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre's extraordinary photographs documenting the dramatic decline of a major American city
The Observer, Sunday 2 January 2011
Many pics at the link.
01-04-2011, 01:20 PM
I'm not sure where the ballroom is, but the beauty of it is still visable. Maybe it's the old Grande Ball Room on Grand River? That building is barely still standing. Someone should get that light fixture out of there and into the Detroit Historic museum (the mural, too), before the building collapses and destroys them both.
I see a lot of those buildings on a daily basis, though. The UA and Michigan theaters were used for various scenes in Eminem's move 8 Mile. The train station has been used in a lot of movies, including The Island. It's fenced off, but people keep getting into it. It's kind of scary, as there abandoned train tunnels and such attached to it, and there are probably both living and dead homeless people down there.
The Lee Tower stands next to Northwestern High School. The base of the building used to be decorated with images of lions, which disappeared in the late 80s or early 90s, and were later discovered being used in a building in Chicago. The building is not really rehabitable at this point, but it's very tall and would be difficult to remove. Plus, a lot of the abandoned buildings in Detroit have asbestos in them and no one can afford to tear them down using the appropriate methods to contain the asbestos dust. If the dust were to spread to the school next door, well, DPS certainly can't afford the lawsuits that would follow.
01-04-2011, 01:22 PMDetroitís Vanity Ballroom with its unsalvaged art deco chandeliers. Duke Ellington and Tommy Dorsey once played here.
01-04-2011, 02:51 PM
I googled it, and found the building. It's on Jefferson, near Chalmers, near the city line with Grosse Point. It's a cool building on the outside, too. I drive by that one a lot, I have clients in the area. It used to be a very nice neighborhood, for the upper middle classes, and I was in a home recently in that area that was beautifully maintained. It's near the river, and some of the blocks still have the old boat canals in the backyards, not that many of the current residents can afford boats.
That building might still be salvagable. It's mostly intact, unlike some of the others shown. If I win the Mega Millions tonight, I'll buy it, have it restored and use it as an office for whatever charity I decide to start.
01-04-2011, 09:45 PM
Sheese, that is right near Gross Pointe! Such ruins near such weath.I long for the days when our President actually liked our country.
01-05-2011, 03:20 AMThe Obama Administration: Deny. Deflect. Blame.
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