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May 13, 2014

"30 Photos Showing The Restoration Of Detroit"

I've linked to some Detroit "ruin porn," so here's another side. (I'll note that 15 before-and-afters and a huge area like Detroit is not that impressive by itself.)


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Ted Craig

Several photos are of the same buildings, only interiors and exteriors. Also, most of these buildings are within the few square miles of downtown Detroit.


Seems like most of the refurbishment was government projects and not a sign of economic revitalization. All in all, the before/after photos a few years ago showing the rebuilding of East Germany were more impressive.

And, Dequindre Cut Greenway looked better before the refurbishment. Although, theoretically, it is a project in progress. But for government programs we know how that usually goes.


I'm in the Detroit Metro area. There is some [not a lot yet] decent redevelopment going on in Detroit. Will it be enough? I have no idea. I see no reason for Detroit to have a much bigger population in the near [10-20 years] future than now. The reasons for living in Detroit are not as strong now as in its growth and stability period [1910-1975 say]. What it has is a lot of existing structure that could be used [a lot of it crumbling] and a great geographical location.

What it doesn't have is a central reason [jobs] for people to live there and create the support jobs that make a good, big city. I don't see that changing.

Right now the small [if it exists at all] population growth is among young professionals who will undoubtedly debark the moment they have children old enough to go to school. The jobs they have are not going, I think, to be increasing in double digit percentages.

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