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2013-07-26 01:07:28 PM  

The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: Looks like things have gone downhill for Slide 17 since the photos were taken:

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[www.detroitfunk.com image 450x299]

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I came here to say how that building in particular looked really nice and stuff, but never mind then. I see that Detroit has reclaimed it.
 
2013-07-26 01:09:08 PM  
Why haven't some of those been torn down?

Packard closed its doors in 1958.  You'd think that should have been taken care of by now.
 
2013-07-26 01:09:19 PM  
They forgot the library with all the books scattered picture.
 
2013-07-26 01:10:37 PM  

Enuratique: Why the hell is this coming from The Weather Channel?

Their attempts to create non-weather content pisses me the hell off.


3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-07-26 01:10:52 PM  

legion_of_doo: arashinogarou: The very first place I dropped the Street View marker, completely at random:

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Sad, so sad.

That's an improvement over a lot of places in Detroit.

No bombed out houses, the grass is cut, no homies pointing guns at you.



Well, that was the irony I was going for. I see it was a failed effort.
 
2013-07-26 01:11:40 PM  

Pontious Pilates: You know what'll fix all that right up? A billion dollar hockey arena, that's what!


Haha, someone doesn't understand how the Downtown Development Authority works.
 
2013-07-26 01:13:10 PM  

surmaaja: Picture 21 looks like the house they live in from Fight Club.


To me it looks like it should be a fun house in an amusement park
 
2013-07-26 01:13:38 PM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: Pontious Pilates: You know what'll fix all that right up? A billion dollar hockey arena, that's what!

Haha, someone doesn't understand how the Downtown Development Authority works.


I do not envy you, sir.
 
2013-07-26 01:14:11 PM  
That one of the theatre reminded me of the eldritch cavern from the Discworld novel Moving Pictures (except without the fish-eaten skeletons and the hole into the Dungeon Dimensions, obviously).
 
2013-07-26 01:16:59 PM  
Oh look. It's these pictures again.

/at least get some farking new ones
 
2013-07-26 01:17:45 PM  

ace in your face: I really want some of that furniture, but not enough to risk being gang raped by crack heads...


Someone thought it was risky enough to snag all the auditorium chairs (Jane Cooper Elementary School), see slides 3 & 15.
 
2013-07-26 01:19:24 PM  
One of the more disgusting parts of this, is the building pictured in slide 22 (Michigan Central Station) is owned by a billionaire. He's been order to clean it up, but uses his money and influence to let it rot as an eyesore. He also owns the 2 international crossings in Detroit too. He owns a lot of decrepit properties within the city.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_Moroun
 
2013-07-26 01:19:26 PM  
What did the Packard plant look like in the 70's and 80's? They haven't been around in 60 or so years.
 
2013-07-26 01:20:12 PM  
Some of those places, particularly the theatre, could be beautiful. So sad. :(
 
2013-07-26 01:22:11 PM  

mooseyfate: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: Pontious Pilates: You know what'll fix all that right up? A billion dollar hockey arena, that's what!

Haha, someone doesn't understand how the Downtown Development Authority works.

I do not envy you, sir.


Why? I moved out of Detroit years ago. That area is a shiathole. I'm posting this from the pool in Vegas while on vacation.

The view from the pool is millions of times better than the view in Detroit.

/hard rock is a little jersey shore-ish tho
 
2013-07-26 01:23:32 PM  
So much for the better parts of the city ...
 
2013-07-26 01:25:14 PM  
Why is this set now missing the dead homeless guy frozen in a flooded basement?

Even the Detroit slideshows are falling apart.
 
2013-07-26 01:34:33 PM  
I've seen so many of these "ruined Detroit" threads that now I don't even want to go there
 
2013-07-26 01:38:44 PM  
The library with shelves still full of books, a dentist's office with the special chair and x-ray gun, the pianos--why wasn't this stuff given away when the buildings were abandoned?
 
2013-07-26 01:45:15 PM  
This calls for a beer downtown tonight!

/say nice things about Detroit
 
2013-07-26 01:49:16 PM  

GeeksAreMyPeeps: Don't we get a photos-of-abandoned-Detroit thread every couple of months?


With mostly the same photos, but just coming from different sites.
 
2013-07-26 01:49:37 PM  
I didn't see any "urban"  people in those pictures.

Where did they all go?
 
2013-07-26 01:51:45 PM  

flondrix: The library with shelves still full of books, a dentist's office with the special chair and x-ray gun, the pianos--why wasn't this stuff given away when the buildings were abandoned?


When they did "white flight" in Detroit they did it hard.
 
2013-07-26 01:56:50 PM  

Enuratique: Why the hell is this coming from The Weather Channel?

Their attempts to create non-weather content pisses me the hell off.


Then whatever you do, don't turn to The Learning Channel.
 
2013-07-26 01:59:01 PM  

Enuratique: Why the hell is this coming from The Weather Channel?

Their attempts to create non-weather content pisses me the hell off.


To be fair, the pictured buildings are quite weathered...

GeeksAreMyPeeps: Don't we get a photos-of-abandoned-Detroit thread every couple of months?


Sure seems like it. Honestly, why don't people pick on Camden, NJ for once? It, too, is a less than ideal city with ruins porn to be had.
 
2013-07-26 02:00:30 PM  

Loud_Mouth_Soup: Oh look. It's this thread. And photos.

Again.

And again.

 And again.


There's this thing I learned to do called, "Move on to the next item."
 
2013-07-26 02:19:23 PM  

Weidbrewer: How many frickin' times are we going to greenlight this?  We get it:  Detroit's a shiathole.  It's always been a shiathole.  It always  will be a shiathole.  Right now, it just happens to be a shiathole with empty buildings and will be for some time.


It wasn't ALWAYS a shiathole.  Back in the 50's it was a boomtown, and one of the most productive cities on Earth.  Now, it totally sucks...

/shame, all of that beautiful architecture going to waste
 
2013-07-26 02:19:59 PM  
The Highland Park Police Station in Detroit. (Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre)

The Highland Park Police station is (was) in Highland Park, not Detroit.
 
2013-07-26 02:21:16 PM  

Boo_Guy: Build a giant wall around the city and ship all the prisoners there.

Maybe place cameras throughout to watch what the criminals are up to.


You need to run for mayor.

/seriously
 
2013-07-26 02:28:05 PM  
I would NOT buy that for a dollar. :-(
 
2013-07-26 02:30:50 PM  

Enuratique: Why the hell is this coming from The Weather Channel?

Their attempts to create non-weather content pisses me the hell off.


True story: Some cable channels started out as a niche, not thinking far enough ahead to the fact that they probably can't fill 24 hours a day with that niche or people will be less inclined to watch. And some channels started out as a service that has since become less needed.

The Weather Channel is the perfect storm (I'm so sorry) of these two things.

What's worse, these channels are often owned (or have been bought) by corporate entities that base everything they do on how it will affect their stock price. If the History Channel isn't making notable profits year-over-year, it has to become something else. Ditto the Learning Channel, MTV, etc.

MTV had the same problem as the weather channel: Their core product couldn't retain viewers, especially once other sources for that product became more accessible, and on demand.

Moral of the story: Don't name your channel "The ______ Channel." You'll be sorry.
 
2013-07-26 02:34:54 PM  
images.wikia.com
 
2013-07-26 02:46:26 PM  

GeeksAreMyPeeps: PowerSlacker: Enuratique: Why the hell is this coming from The Weather Channel?

Their attempts to create non-weather content pisses me the hell off.

I gave up on them a few years ago.  They've gone full retard just like MTV and the History channel have.

or SYFY


I have an annual subscription thing that lets me look at a bunch of different maps not available to everyone, ad free, and customize some weather stuff. If they ever screw with that stuff I will drop them like a hot rock, but for now it's worth it since I'm a weather junkie. I ditched their mobile app though because the redesign was TERRIBLE and the ads were way more intrusive. Intellicast is much better, on Android at least.
 
2013-07-26 02:55:20 PM  

waterrockets: Why is this set now missing the dead homeless guy frozen in a flooded basement?

Even the Detroit slideshows are falling apart.


Seriously???

I haven't seen that one
 
2013-07-26 03:09:33 PM  

QueenMamaBee: waterrockets: Why is this set now missing the dead homeless guy frozen in a flooded basement?

Even the Detroit slideshows are falling apart.

Seriously???

I haven't seen that one


http://detroitghetto.com/2009/11/man-found-frozen-in-ice-at-bottom-o f. html
 
2013-07-26 03:16:51 PM  
 
2013-07-26 03:19:57 PM  

mooseyfate: bangmaid: mooseyfate: Detroit. What a joke.

That's funny coming from someone who claims to work in "disaster restoration" in New Orleans. You obviously aren't very good at your job.

Yeah, I forgot, New Orleans is still completely underwater, we're bankrupt, and there's no hope in sight!!! Oh wait, the city is almost completely recovered and neighborhoods that were war-zones or worse before the storm are now pleasant communities. Oh, and small businesses are booming. Oh, and all the projects the company I used to work for are still operational, which was a huge chunk of New Orleans including Tulane University, Loyola University, University of New Orleans, Delgado CC, Xavier University, all of the Wal-Marts on the Gulf Coast, Audobon Aquarium, Audobon Zoo, nearly all of the major condo and luxury apartment buildings, every single hotel/motel our employees stayed in from top-to-bottom, all of the casinos, and really I could go on all day, but I think you get the point. Which is that you have no clue what you're talking about, not even in the slightest. But, hey, atleast you got someone to pay attention to you today!


We'll you obviously don't understand my point, so I guess I'll explain it to you.

If you were good at your job, you obviously wouldn't feel the need to go online and rip other cities that need disaster relief. Anyone in management knows that when someone points out others' shortcomings, it is because they are self conscious, have low self esteem, and suck at their job.

But hey, at least you got to rip on Detroit today. Good job.
 
2013-07-26 03:20:25 PM  
 
2013-07-26 03:24:20 PM  
http://historicdetroit.org/

It's easy to pick on Detroit in it's current state. If that make you feel good about yourself, that's cool. But at least tell the whole story.
 
2013-07-26 03:36:16 PM  

orezona: I was wondering what the Google Earth images would look like of the Packard plant...

https://maps.google.com/maps?safe=off&ie=UTF-8&q=downtown+portland+m ar riott&fb=1&gl=us&hq=marriott&hnear=0x54950b0b7da97427:0x1c36b9e6f6d185 91,Portland,+OR&cid=0,0,12923676400773890259&ei=_LXyUcjpH8THiwLByIGoBg &sqi=2&ved=0CL4BEPwSMAo

Woah. Looks like Berlin 1945 in some of the aerial shots.


It looks like the downtown Portland Marriott?  Glad I stay out by PDX when I am there
 
2013-07-26 03:37:39 PM  
The Hotel Fort Shelby (Slide 24) has been restored and back in business for a while now.  Its history is interesting, particularly its mid-70s incarnation as a disco flophouse.
http://www.forgottendetroit.com/fsh/history.html
 
2013-07-26 03:47:33 PM  
www.vinkamint.com

/michigander!
 
2013-07-26 03:50:11 PM  

bangmaid: mooseyfate: bangmaid: mooseyfate: Detroit. What a joke.

That's funny coming from someone who claims to work in "disaster restoration" in New Orleans. You obviously aren't very good at your job.

Yeah, I forgot, New Orleans is still completely underwater, we're bankrupt, and there's no hope in sight!!! Oh wait, the city is almost completely recovered and neighborhoods that were war-zones or worse before the storm are now pleasant communities. Oh, and small businesses are booming. Oh, and all the projects the company I used to work for are still operational, which was a huge chunk of New Orleans including Tulane University, Loyola University, University of New Orleans, Delgado CC, Xavier University, all of the Wal-Marts on the Gulf Coast, Audobon Aquarium, Audobon Zoo, nearly all of the major condo and luxury apartment buildings, every single hotel/motel our employees stayed in from top-to-bottom, all of the casinos, and really I could go on all day, but I think you get the point. Which is that you have no clue what you're talking about, not even in the slightest. But, hey, atleast you got someone to pay attention to you today!

We'll you obviously don't understand my point, so I guess I'll explain it to you.

If you were good at your job, you obviously wouldn't feel the need to go online and rip other cities that need disaster relief. Anyone in management knows that when someone points out others' shortcomings, it is because they are self conscious, have low self esteem, and suck at their job.

But hey, at least you got to rip on Detroit today. Good job.


You don't understand at all what the words "disaster RESTORATION" mean when used in conjunction, do you? Did Detroit get leveled by a Tornado? A flood? A fire? A hurricane? An asteroid? A tsunami? An earthquake? A stiff breeze? Oh, that's right, it was leveled by greed and hubris. Sorry, not a natural disaster. Keep trying, though, it's both fun and easy making you look like a fool.

/you also don't seem to understand the concept of being a manager, as constructive criticism is a key aspect of the job that will completely derail productivity if you don't hand it out fairly and in a timely fashion
 
2013-07-26 04:11:04 PM  

TheMaskedArmadillo: orezona: I was wondering what the Google Earth images would look like of the Packard plant...

https://maps.google.com/maps?safe=off&ie=UTF-8&q=downtown+portland+m ar riott&fb=1&gl=us&hq=marriott&hnear=0x54950b0b7da97427:0x1c36b9e6f6d185 91,Portland,+OR&cid=0,0,12923676400773890259&ei=_LXyUcjpH8THiwLByIGoBg &sqi=2&ved=0CL4BEPwSMAo

Woah. Looks like Berlin 1945 in some of the aerial shots.

It looks like the downtown Portland Marriott?  Glad I stay out by PDX when I am there


Well, that's what I get for not previewing.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Packard+Automotive+Plant,+Detroit,+MI &h l=en&sll=34.168218,-111.930907&sspn=16.313261,29.025879&oq=packard+pla nt,+de&t=h&hnear=Packard+Automotive+Plant&z=17

/I'll be staying at that Marriott this weekend
 
2013-07-26 04:18:24 PM  

orezona: TheMaskedArmadillo: orezona: I was wondering what the Google Earth images would look like of the Packard plant...

https://maps.google.com/maps?safe=off&ie=UTF-8&q=downtown+portland+m ar riott&fb=1&gl=us&hq=marriott&hnear=0x54950b0b7da97427:0x1c36b9e6f6d185 91,Portland,+OR&cid=0,0,12923676400773890259&ei=_LXyUcjpH8THiwLByIGoBg &sqi=2&ved=0CL4BEPwSMAo

Woah. Looks like Berlin 1945 in some of the aerial shots.

It looks like the downtown Portland Marriott?  Glad I stay out by PDX when I am there

Well, that's what I get for not previewing.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Packard+Automotive+Plant,+Detroit,+MI &h l=en&sll=34.168218,-111.930907&sspn=16.313261,29.025879&oq=packard+pla nt,+de&t=h&hnear=Packard+Automotive+Plant&z=17

/I'll be staying at that Marriott this weekend


I live two blocks from there, enjoy the brewfest. Check out the Schmizza Pub and Grub on SW 4th/Mill- great drinks/cheap food and cool staff. I'll be back there Saturday night.

/if I'm going you may not want to
 
2013-07-26 05:05:56 PM  

Enuratique: Why the hell is this coming from The Weather Channel?

Their attempts to create non-weather content pisses me the hell off.


It's stations straying from their intended format that made me finally just say "Screw it!", and cut the cord about 3 years ago. Surprisingly, there's more worth watching on the 18 over-the-air stations I get... for FREE!
 
2013-07-26 05:16:38 PM  

cgraves67: Enuratique: Why the hell is this coming from The Weather Channel?

Their attempts to create non-weather content pisses me the hell off.

The Weather Channel is losing ratings because people can get weather reports from their phones or the internet instead of watch a rotating regional report on tv. Only old people still watch it. So they are attempting to revitalize their market share with reality programming.

One of the many ways that the internet is killing tv.


But the main thing the owner of the Weather Channel is doing is lobbying and bribing republicans in congress to defund NOAA and other government weather tracking and warning systems so that people will be forced to depend on the Weather Channel for their own safety.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2011/02/18/207538/gop-cuts-noaa-sat el lite-weather-forecasting-and-hurricane-tracking/

This is similar to what they are attempting to do with the Postal Service. They want to privatize all government functions to make themselves and their donors/peers more money.
 
2013-07-26 05:22:00 PM  

bangmaid: Roller Bob: Why hasn't Hollywood bought the entire city to use for their apocalyptic sets?

They basically did about 4 years ago because the state was giving tax incentives. Then those incentives expired... So the filming pretty much left.


If I recall correctly, it wasn't quite like that. The incentives were put in place for filming in Michigan, and several companies started investigating it. A few (2 or 3?) small films were filmed here, and 1 game (I think?). Then the legislature decided the tax incentives were too liberal/expensive/godless/godknowswhat and killed them. I know the legislature that killed the incentives was heavily Republican, but I'm pretty sure it was the same legislature that instituted them, so who knows what the hell happened. Unless it was the governor who instituted the incentives... Not really sure on this point.

Now I'm not going to say the incentives were golden. There was some concern about how studios could bring in most of their staff from out of state and still get the incentives, but I think there was some excitement in the secondary businesses regardless (hotels, restaurants, etc).
 
2013-07-26 06:01:35 PM  
I was born in Dearborn, raised in a Polish area of Detroit.  We moved to CA when our neighborhood started to decline.  Still miss it though, especially the Polish city of Hamtramck (which is also hurting, but whatever).  Keep wanting to go back, but got no family there anymore, so it'd just be me driving around.

Now I'm depressed.
 
2013-07-26 06:05:01 PM  

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: mooseyfate: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: Pontious Pilates: You know what'll fix all that right up? A billion dollar hockey arena, that's what!

Haha, someone doesn't understand how the Downtown Development Authority works.

I do not envy you, sir.

Why? I moved out of Detroit years ago. That area is a shiathole. I'm posting this from the pool in Vegas while on vacation.

The view from the pool is millions of times better than the view in Detroit.

/hard rock is a little jersey shore-ish tho


Kickass! I guess I do envy you a bit.

/just remember, don't fark with the cazadores
 
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