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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Disturbing photos of Detroit in Washington Post photo essay

(I am doing filing in advance of someone visiting this weekend--as you can imagine, my place is full of articles and reports, usually unfiled...)

I clipped a photo from the Post, which ran during the runup to the Republican presidential primaries there. They had articles, but photos too, mostly online.

While the caption to this photo isn't very accurate--you don't get this kind of deterioration after 42 months of recession, but because of 40+ years of outmigration, abandonment, and Depression--it is truly disturbing in so many dimensions.
The ramshackle remains of a home in a Detroit neighborhood are a reminder of the fallout of the economic downturn
The ramshackle remains of a home in a Detroit neighborhood are a reminder of the fallout of the economic downturn. Bonnie Jo Mount / The Washington Post

It's been more than a decade since I've been back to Detroit. The last time I was there I went around the city, looking at places that I had lived. Some blocks were completely devoid of housing. Schools that I had gone to are now closed.

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