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Detroit’s Urban Decay

August 15th, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

Shrinking Detroit has 12,000 abandoned homes – Yahoo! News

Detroit warzone by holly michel via flickr

A friend once tried to convince me to consider moving to the Detroit area. Their argument was that more jobs were available, and the area provided more activities and stuff to do. We decided to conveniently not talk about the fact they’d grown up in the area they were moving back to, and now after a couple years their situation hasn’t changed much. They’d made a simple mistake which wasn’t really their fault: Instead of understanding their main reason to move back (family proximity) they built up a lot of high hopes for how the move would improve their lives and were let down by the reality of the situation.

Not that the job situation in Michigan is better anywhere else, unfortunately.

In the last 10 years I’ve only been to the Detroit area only a handful of times. Twice for the North American International Auto Show, once to drop a friend off at the airport, and a few small-venue concerts.

It’s sad to see where the city is now after it has spent so long trying to improve its image.

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