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(BBC)   Oh ho ho ho. You went skiing in the Alps? How droll. Running with the bulls? A passing fancy. You want to know about my vacation? I went to Detroit to see the poors   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 81
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2013-10-05 03:54:24 PM
Slum tourism?  So they teach Detroiters how to fish for life?
 
2013-10-05 04:17:28 PM
It's obvious really. They just want to live like common people. They want to do whatever common people do. They want to sleep with the common people...like you. 'Cause they think that poor is cool.
 
2013-10-05 05:01:10 PM
What's wrong with this?  The poor travel by bus to tour rich people homes with a bucket and a broom.
 
2013-10-05 05:03:25 PM
The truly brave will love our Camden NJ backpacking camp out special.
 
2013-10-05 05:04:56 PM
Tiorted.

I just noticed that "Detroit" spelled backwards sounds like an urban dictionary entry.

Perhaps:

Tiorted: the feeling one experiences after watching a major American city descend into dystopic bankruptcy while Boeing, AIPAC, and both major political parties seek to attack Syria.
 
2013-10-05 05:07:47 PM
People have been doing this shiat for years.  Plus, old article is old.


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2013-10-05 05:11:03 PM
affordablehousinginstitute.org

It's not exactly a new passion in America either.
 
2013-10-05 05:12:39 PM
 
2013-10-05 05:12:40 PM

Public Call Box: [affordablehousinginstitute.org image 850x571]

It's not exactly a new passion in America either.


Pet Shop Boys wrote a song about it, 30 years ago.
 
2013-10-05 05:23:03 PM
This is not a new phenomena, and Detroit could use more dollars coming in.
 
2013-10-05 05:23:40 PM
Can't we just have a foobies thread?
 
2013-10-05 05:25:18 PM
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2013-10-05 05:26:56 PM
I think touring shiatty places is pretty dumb. You could easily get mugged, raped, abducted, and it'll take a long time before someone reports about the crime to the police. Much worse, maybe even the police has connections to the criminals.

If you want to feel good about yourself by knowing how poor other people are, just go give a donation or something to a local charity and take a picture of your receipt and say you just saved a bunch of babies' lives.
 
2013-10-05 05:28:37 PM
CSB time... back in the days when gasoline wasn't so pricey, we used to "car cruise" - looping through town endlessly, hitting on girls, playing our music, occasionally getting into fights, etc, etc... I knew some spoiled girls who liked to talk on and on about how bad things were for them, how bad their parents were, so when the occasion arose, I would take them down to Detroit - specifically to the Cass Corridor to see how bad it can really be. It was like a "scared straight" for girls who are upset that they can't keep their horse at the very best farms available or get a new car on their 16th birthday, particularly when they see the crackhead hookers or a homeless guy shooting up on the bus bench.

Today I'd add a side trip to Davison Ave, where even the McDonald's has its workers safely encased in bullet-proof glass.
 
2013-10-05 05:31:39 PM
You have our gratitude.
 
2013-10-05 05:32:51 PM
I would go to Detroit for the photo opportunities.

But then again, if the place is a shiat hole, there will be people there who will kill me for a few dollars.

Conclusion: Fark you, Detroit! Raggedly-ass American city.
 
2013-10-05 05:34:58 PM

LesserEvil: CSB time... back in the days when gasoline wasn't so pricey, we used to "car cruise" - looping through town endlessly, hitting on girls, playing our music, occasionally getting into fights, etc, etc... I knew some spoiled girls who liked to talk on and on about how bad things were for them, how bad their parents were, so when the occasion arose, I would take them down to Detroit - specifically to the Cass Corridor to see how bad it can really be. It was like a "scared straight" for girls who are upset that they can't keep their horse at the very best farms available or get a new car on their 16th birthday, particularly when they see the crackhead hookers or a homeless guy shooting up on the bus bench.

Today I'd add a side trip to Davison Ave, where even the McDonald's has its workers safely encased in bullet-proof glass.

encased in bullet-proof glass

really?

 
2013-10-05 05:35:56 PM
"Ahh, Thunston! Good to see you on this fine day! How are you old bean?"
"Wondrous, woundrous, I'm about to partake in a spot of poor hunting."
"Indeed, indeed. Mind if I join in your slum safari? I even have my poor rifle."
 
2013-10-05 05:38:58 PM

Public Call Box: [affordablehousinginstitute.org image 850x571]

It's not exactly a new passion in America either.


Please - the Schermerhorns of Fifth Avenue hardly need an introduction from you...
 
2013-10-05 05:40:33 PM
Detroit is no favela or shanty town.

But Detroit is surprisingly beautiful, like many of these impoverished areas.

I'm all for educational tourism. You just have to try to avoid exploitation. It's a balancing act. Riding a tour bus thru the township may not teach you anything...

Most all tourism has some embarrassingly awkward moments.
 
2013-10-05 05:42:39 PM
Wasn't there a murder for hire a few years ago? Some model got killed in South Africa somewhere when they were touring a poor area, was it soweto?
 
2013-10-05 05:44:08 PM

FrancoFile: Public Call Box: [affordablehousinginstitute.org image 850x571]

It's not exactly a new passion in America either.

Pet Shop Boys wrote a song about it, 30 years ago.


Goddamnit, now it's stuck in my head.
 
2013-10-05 05:45:22 PM

Trocadero: FrancoFile: Public Call Box: [affordablehousinginstitute.org image 850x571]

It's not exactly a new passion in America either.

Pet Shop Boys wrote a song about it, 30 years ago.

Goddamnit, now it's stuck in my head.


You think you're mad, too unstable?
 
2013-10-05 05:46:38 PM
Every single one of you who is able to read this, Thank your lucky stars.
 
2013-10-05 05:46:48 PM

some_beer_drinker: LesserEvil: CSB time... back in the days when gasoline wasn't so pricey, we used to "car cruise" - looping through town endlessly, hitting on girls, playing our music, occasionally getting into fights, etc, etc... I knew some spoiled girls who liked to talk on and on about how bad things were for them, how bad their parents were, so when the occasion arose, I would take them down to Detroit - specifically to the Cass Corridor to see how bad it can really be. It was like a "scared straight" for girls who are upset that they can't keep their horse at the very best farms available or get a new car on their 16th birthday, particularly when they see the crackhead hookers or a homeless guy shooting up on the bus bench.

Today I'd add a side trip to Davison Ave, where even the McDonald's has its workers safely encased in bullet-proof glass.

encased in bullet-proof glass

really?


I myself have been to quite a few service orintated establishments that keep a very thick wall of glass between the workers and the custimors
 
2013-10-05 05:47:41 PM
I'm seeing a great future for enterpresing hostage taking start-ups.
 
2013-10-05 05:48:30 PM
Paraphrasing, but the only people who think that being poor is "interesting" are the rich.
 
2013-10-05 05:49:29 PM

Bslim: I'm seeing a great future for enterpresing hostage taking start-ups.


Or immersion experiences.

/cue up Bill Murray in The Man Who Knew Too Little
 
2013-10-05 06:01:42 PM
Variations of this shirt have been around for nigh on 30 years.  Of course, most likely to be seen on white suburbanites.

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2013-10-05 06:04:27 PM

hoodiowithtudio: Wasn't there a murder for hire a few years ago? Some model got killed in South Africa somewhere when they were touring a poor area, was it soweto?


Are you referring to the couple who was on their honeymoon in south africa, the husband set them up to be kidnapped during a slum tour and his wife murdered so he could have her money?

Her name was anni dewani and that was outside of cape town.
 
2013-10-05 06:05:18 PM

FrancoFile: Bslim: I'm seeing a great future for enterpresing hostage taking start-ups.

Or immersion experiences.

/cue up Bill Murray in The Man Who Knew Too Little


Blockbuster Video... Des Moines, Iowa...
 
2013-10-05 06:05:32 PM
Dems and racial indentity politics has turned the rock city into a third world hell hole
 
2013-10-05 06:07:24 PM

Nemo's Brother: Dems and racial indentity politics has turned the rock city into a third world hell hole


Don't forget massive corruption and incompetence.
 
2013-10-05 06:14:24 PM

o'really: hoodiowithtudio: Wasn't there a murder for hire a few years ago? Some model got killed in South Africa somewhere when they were touring a poor area, was it soweto?

Are you referring to the couple who was on their honeymoon in south africa, the husband set them up to be kidnapped during a slum tour and his wife murdered so he could have her money?

Her name was anni dewani and that was outside of cape town.


Btw, that was 3years ago and they still haven't managed to extradite the husband back to africa yet. He's british millionaire.
 
2013-10-05 06:18:19 PM

Bermuda59: You have our gratitude.


Send him...to Detroit.
 
2013-10-05 06:19:26 PM

hoodiowithtudio: Wasn't there a murder for hire a few years ago? Some model got killed in South Africa somewhere when they were touring a poor area, was it soweto?


no it was actually a rich area but the perp was a paraplegic.
 
2013-10-05 06:24:08 PM
There's a trend of slum tourism, or you could go to northern Thailand and probably not catch a half brick to your head.
 
2013-10-05 06:33:25 PM
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2013-10-05 06:34:37 PM
Slum tourism... would explain why those bug-eyed gray UFO aliens show up here on Earth every so often.
 
2013-10-05 06:38:06 PM
I went on the tour of Dharavi a few years ago. It was fascinating and very sensitive to the residents. No photos allowed.
 
2013-10-05 06:44:42 PM

wildcardjack: There's a trend of slum tourism, or you could go to northern Thailand and probably not catch a half brick to your head.


The danger is half the fun.

Think of an African safari, but you're not allowed to shoot back at attacking animals.
 
2013-10-05 06:55:26 PM

some_beer_drinker: LesserEvil: CSB time... back in the days when gasoline wasn't so pricey, we used to "car cruise" - looping through town endlessly, hitting on girls, playing our music, occasionally getting into fights, etc, etc... I knew some spoiled girls who liked to talk on and on about how bad things were for them, how bad their parents were, so when the occasion arose, I would take them down to Detroit - specifically to the Cass Corridor to see how bad it can really be. It was like a "scared straight" for girls who are upset that they can't keep their horse at the very best farms available or get a new car on their 16th birthday, particularly when they see the crackhead hookers or a homeless guy shooting up on the bus bench.

Today I'd add a side trip to Davison Ave, where even the McDonald's has its workers safely encased in bullet-proof glass.

encased in bullet-proof glass

really?


Yes. I have been to a lot of "rough" urban areas in cities around the US, and that is the only location I have ever seen like that. I believe McDonalds has a long-standing corporate policy against putting armor between the workers and the customers - so you KNOW it is not a safe place to be out in the open.

8 Mile is a strange demarcation, as well.... south side of the road is cheap gas, and lots of signs saying stuff like "off premises surveillance" (so armed robbers know it is pointless to try and find the recorders to trash them, and kill the workers), north of the road, far more "civilized".

When I spent more time driving through town for work, I recall seeing a lot of young men in wheelchairs - the effects of injuries from drive-bys and gang fights.

Some parts of downtown have become more gentrified, though... not without some resistance from those who would keep the city down, though.
 
2013-10-05 06:59:56 PM
deadhomersociety.files.wordpress.com

Look Smithers, a blue-collar bar let's go slumming
Also, Christian Hansen from the article sounds like a major A-1 douche

Meanwhile, Christian Hansen from San Francisco says: "The most interesting thing is the working conditions of the people. I didn't expect them to be so industrial."
 
2013-10-05 07:03:09 PM
For what it's worth, Detroit won the bid to host the 2014 North America Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC).
 
2013-10-05 07:05:12 PM
Say what you will, that takes balls if you're white and there isn't a hokey game on.
 
2013-10-05 07:05:47 PM

ReverendJynxed: Say what you will, that takes balls if you're white and there isn't a hokey game on.


Heh hockey too. Freudian?
 
2013-10-05 07:07:26 PM

anfrind: For what it's worth, Detroit won the bid to host the 2014 North America Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC).


That's because post-apocalyptic dystopian cities are standard fare in the genre.
 
2013-10-05 07:07:36 PM
invictus2:I didn't expect them to be so industrial."

And by industrial it was like a friggen' Cabaret Voltaire open air theatre with Ministereal overtones.
 
2013-10-05 07:22:34 PM
Slum tourism: Patronising or social enlightenment?


I've got my own opinion, but I'll let you decide.
 
2013-10-05 07:28:47 PM
I did take a bus tour of the katrina flood damage, in 2007 or 2008. I am still not sure whether it makes me a bad person. Fwiw, I did learn a good bit about the whole mess.

/yes, yes, CSB
 
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