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From the Sky, Detroit Looks Like Sarajevo! (video)

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posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 01:02 AM

Chris Hansen traveled to Detroit, Michigan for a Dateline special that aired tonight on the state of what is probably America's most desolate city. And in aerial footage—devastation porn at its best—Detroit's grim plight was revealed.

"Today, from the air, parts of Detroit look like a war zone,"

Hansen said, before he listed some of the most shocking facts about the city's current state—the population is less than half of what it was decades ago; there are 400 liquor stores there, but only eight supermarkets.


Holy Hell you got to see these videos they made just insane that any city let itself be run into the ground-especially all the glim and glamour Detroit had, at one time-no more though. It is hard to believe they are videotaped in America! [I'm sorry I don't know how to put vids in my post-yet, and it is too late to learn].

Well, I say the Mayors plan to reduce the size of the city like 25% sounds like the best thing going for them to recover. Start demolistion NOW.

I found this one story that I believes tells how this city went from good to bad: THE RUINS OF DETROIT

posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 01:21 AM
This is so sad. I always bump threads about Detroit. These images look so much like my home town of Gary, Indiana.

I use google satellite to check out my old neighbors can't get street views. Either it's too dangerous for the drivers or no one is interested. People for the most part are blind to it. They don't think it can happen to their town.

posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 01:23 AM
Have you ever been to Sarajevo????????

(Second line)

posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 01:36 AM
Check out some pics of East St. Louis sometime.

Detroit is a prime example of what happens when you send all the manufacturing jobs overseas.

posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 01:48 AM
in the next 10 yrs
this is what MOST American Cities
are gonna look like

it'll look like the backdrop
of some Battlefield video game.

This is what Washington has turned
us into.

Thanks DC for all ur support
(sarcasm intentional)

posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 01:49 AM
That one story says Detroit went down because all the white people left lol! Well, I supposes that is one way of explaining things.

"It was not only Ford that had automotive plants in White Detroit: other companies such as Packard and Studebaker also had factories there when the city was majority White. Today, with the changed demographics and non-White city population, only the ruins of these once-great American industries remain."

posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 03:16 AM
Sarajevo was more beautiful than most USA cities and IS again so before you compare something inform yourself...

world was not created 1492

and i'm not bosnian just real

posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 04:02 AM
Looks like Fallout3.

I half expect to see a feral ghoul come out of that abandoned train station.

My most puzzling question... How do buildings that voluminous just go vacant?

It really looks like a neutron bomb was dropped there wiping out all trace of people.

When November rolls around, can we gather all the congressionals and herd them into Detroit and then fence it off like Escape From New York?

Then, launch some 'Charlie Manson' types into the city making a 'Running Man' reality TV show.

[edit on 4·21·10 by DrMattMaddix]

posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 04:11 AM
reply to post by DrMattMaddix


I love ur sense of humor

and great idea

will it be on pay per view???

posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 04:23 AM
Where did all the people go?
Is this due to folding of corps. and no employment or mortgage scams and default?
Is this going to be the pattern of the future?
Where did the people go?????

posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 04:29 AM
Man how many homeless could have stayed out of the cold in all those abandoned buildings. I`m sure they (or some volunteer) would do the maintanance to keep the structures in sound shape. I`m personally glad they don`t do that but it seems like something they would do. Just ship all the homeless to detroit. at least 10 could live in one house. And the "civilized" folk wouldn`t have to deal with them on their way to work. Then the government would normally release a virus into the population or generate some localized quakes or blizzards. Im glad they don`t. People need to see these people and have to deal with the guilt for not helping more. Maybe one of us will develop a conscience and solve the problem. But I have the feeling they already know how to solve the problem but society pretty much agreed they didn`t want to foot the bill for these people. Better to let them wander aimlessly and hopefully get hit by a car quick and mercifully or get picked up by a cop for shoplifting a bottle of wine.

posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 04:49 AM
reply to post by anon72

It's fair enough to point out the flaws of Detroit, of which there are many. But just remember that there is still potential in this city, and there are people here who will never give up trying to turn things around. You really have to live here to see how many kind and generous people there are. When Detroit finally starts to make a comeback, it will be because of Detroiters, and no one else.

To the OP:
The site you have linked to is racist, because it implies that you are more likely to do great things if you are white. The notion that Detroit's failings are because of the race of its inhabitants is an excuse to feel a sense of superiority or entitlement. White flight did happen in Detroit, and was a part of the equation, but that was a cultural incident, not a biological one. Internally, there is basically no difference between, for example, a black man and a white man. The differences are purely external. All other comparisons stem from the different cultural environments in which they were raised. I'm talking about basic 19th century human anatomy. Science since then has only supported this.

I am not looking to start an argument. But please have the heart to think of where others are coming from, before you judge them by the color of their skin.

posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 05:26 AM
In my opinion the whole stock market is responsible for this.

Since profit seems more important than progress for shareholders companies have to outsource their manufacturing to cheap countries.

I have seen the current Detroit before in a BBC Top Gear episode and it sure looked bad, but as long as government is in bed with the corporations, the banks and Wall Street nothing will ever change.

No one should have the right to have anything to say about a company he/she doesn't work for.

posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 07:52 AM
I received an email two weeks ago that compared immediate post A-bomb Hiroshima with Hiroshima today. Then it went on to compare Hiroshima today with Detroit today. It was enlightening.

I didn't save it, I wish I had.

Has anyone else seen it?

[edit on 21-4-2010 by butcherguy]

posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 08:13 AM
reply to post by Magnus47

Im sorry you took offense to this post, or rather the link to the paper that I included. Please, I just did a Google on Detroit in Ruins-looking for photos. I saw some articles but none that explained things the way that paper did-and good photos. They made their point. Call it racist but the point was still made. Take up any racist elements you wish to with the author of that papaer please. And please, find me an article written from the black persons POV I would appreciated. I got tired of looking.

Another statement you made:

You really have to live here to see how many kind and generous people there are. When Detroit finally starts to make a comeback, it will be because of Detroiters, and no one else.

I wish I could believe that but I think if/when Detroit does come back around it will be because of the US as a whole and not Detroiters alone-via massive tax dollar influxation.

Then Detroiters will be able to see how many kind and generous people there are in the US-by not staging a massive tax revolt in calls of rejection of the premise we should have to bail out another delapidated and politically corrupt city.

Just saying how it appears out this way-where I am at.

posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 03:57 PM

posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 04:59 PM
With properties here for less than $800 it is an indication of the pattern that will expand through the US economy and possible an indication of the coming path of capitalism.

Were not all doomed but with the ignorace and denial we are all exibiting it does not look good...!

posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 05:10 PM
The reason is not because white people left the city, it is a consequence. Only war or socialism could degrade city in such way. I suppose that there was no war in Detroit so the answer is obvious. This is the warning what would happen to you when you introduce a socialism. I don't know the particular politic situation in different cities but Detroit looks like democrats were in power there for long.

posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 05:15 PM

Originally posted by odyseusz
Only war or socialism could degrade city in such way. I suppose that there was no war in Detroit so the answer is obvious. This is the warning what would happen to you when you introduce a socialism.


Dumbest Post Frontrunner

How about the Main Employer , and all it's Suppliers have left or Downsized to

other markets.

Then the Trickle Down of Job Losses takes Effect.

[edit on 21-4-2010 by Sean48]

posted on Apr, 21 2010 @ 05:38 PM
I live 20 minutes outside the city. Mayor Bing estimates 50% of Detroit's inhabitants are unemployed. Nevertheless, the city has its charm.

There are slowly new changes that are happening in the city - for the positive. Now that we've ousted the last mayor - he's due for sentencing in about a month for non-payment of monies owed to the city - things are looking better. Bing is a practical businessman, and has taken a hard look at the budget. He's a great asset to the city. We also have Robert Babb, who is working to correct the public school system, which has long been eroded with fraud and corruption.

There's talk of leveling whole neighborhoods of abandoned houses, and even starting local farming communities in Detroit. The city has some of the most beautiful cathedrals and historic sites.

Regarding the whole race issue, the only historical note that I will point to is the race riots in the city during the 60's. That was the major event that led to the mass exodus out of the city.

The city's economic plan? In recent decades, the city encouraged casinos to move into the city. Bad idea. Now, most of the billboards in the city are for strip clubs, beer, or tobacco. The moral culture of the city has been degraded. Crime is high. If Detroit wants to make a comeback, the casinos will have to go.

If you look at photos of Detroit in the early 1920's, the city was a thriving, fashionable town, with plentiful jobs in the auto industry. City streets were clean, and people were out shopping. Today, Detroit is a disaster of a city. It's only major advantages are its sports teams, and the people who have family here and won't leave, hoping all the while that the city will make a comeback.

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