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  1. GAS GUY

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    What kind of photographs or stories do you have of Detroit ? Post them up here. At one time Americas leading city, now mostly in despair, struggling to make a miraculous comeback. I will start it off with a string of recent photos.

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  2. Rufcut

    Rufcut Been here awhile

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    Nice, watch out for YBI. Keep the pics coming and be safe!
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  3. Mauser556

    Mauser556 Been here awhile

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    Once called the Paris of the Americas
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  4. Maky

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    Upper East Side...

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  5. GAS GUY

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    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Cool pics, where did everyone go. The city still shows about 4 mil so it can't all look like that.

    I rode north of that taking the coastal route to Sault St Marie in Canada a few years back. Even there, roads were rough, cracked streets and sidewalks, rusted fences and overgrown brush.
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  7. GAS GUY

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    Not sure where you found those numbers, but they are way off. At the city's peak in 1950, there were 1.8 million residents.

    Detroit's population, as of last summer, was 677,000.

    For the first time since before the Civil War, Detroit is not among the nation's 20 most populous cities.

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  8. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Wiki... what Toronto calls the GTA, greater toronto area, I thought it was similar to Detriot's population. Not much in comparsion these days.



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  9. GAS GUY

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    That Wiki number may include all of Metro Detroit. The suburbs. The numbers that I was referring to are within the actual city limits.
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  10. jd2577

    jd2577 The Boy Ruger

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    Amazing pictures and, at the same time, so sad and depressing to see a once iconic city falling to rubbish.
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  11. GAS GUY

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    The bustling Sunday afternoon Eastern Market, coupled with the Detroit Lions game, had the nearby streets practically gridlocked. The walking pace had me dripping sweat on the exceptionally hot late summer day. After negotiating my way through the crowds, I shot across Gratiot and began sifting my way through the small side streets looking for any indications of mural artists working their craft.

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    While briefly parking at an alley junction attempting to scope out a distant muralist up on a manlift, the unmistakeable smell of aerosol paint came wafting through the alley, between the crumbling buildings. Not wanting to ride down that particlar glass and debris strewn alley, I circled around and came across a grand scene. Some out of sight existing murals and a few artists live at work, making progress on new and exciting street art.

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    This couple came all the way from Oakland, California to convey their expressions on a crumbling Detroit wall. She is the Artist, he is her helper. Interestingly, when I asked her if they apply a lacquer finish over the completed work, as many muralists do in Toledo, she was unaware of the practice, but agreed that it was a good idea. It will be interesting to come back here in a few weeks and see what her wall becomes.

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    Here is a bunch from a day a few years back where some of us on here took a trip down there. Did a tour of a lot of cool places.
    Even got onto the roof of the Packard Plant with the bikes!

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    There's a guy on you tube who fixes up old houses in Detroit for out of town investors. I believe it's called The Shea Show. Some of his old videos are amazing when he could show peoples faces and all the destruction in Detroit. Seems for liability purposes he can't show faces anymore.
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    Yeah, the Shea Show is pretty cool.
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    Hamtramck

    An interesting and most likely little known fact about not only Hamtramck, but also Highland Park, is that they are both completely bordered by Detroit. Rare. A couple of cities within a city.

    The orange area on the left is Highland Park. The yellow on the right is Hamtramck. Completely surrounded by the Motor City.


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    It being such an amazing Autumnal day, the King was drug from the garage and a foray into the inner city was made in search of some new murals and whatever else may be stumbled upon. Detroit is never short of photographic opportunities. A person could probably spend a lifetime discovering new and interesting places while never leaving the city limits. Thought the Road King was done for the year, it being November, but this climate change business is working out for us northern riders.

    A couple of Oxford, Michigan Seniors were in luck today. After roaring down Grand River Avenue, blowing the cobwebs out of the old Evolution, I pulled into the parking lot of the first mural score of the day. There were a handful of parents and young adults milling around in front of the mural, so I politely parked a few feet behind them, waiting for them to finish up their photo session. Within a few minutes one of the parents asked if the kids could take a few pictures with the Harley. "Of course, no problem" I said. Then he asked if they could sit on it. "Sure, absolutely"
    Turns out they were taking their senior pictures. The boy didn't feel comfortable with actually sitting on it. The girl had no reservations though. Hopped right on. Looks as if they had dressed for the occasion, color coordinating their cloths for the Road King ! The woman with the huge canon of a camera, commented to the girl as she was snapping shots of her, that her Dad is going to freak. He must appreciate vintage iron. It was a really cool start to another day of exploring and seeking out culture in the Motor City.


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    Unfortunately the picture quality is not all that, as the angle of the sun washed out some of the detail.

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