Detroit Minus the Ruins Porn

Friday, December 31, 2010
Posted in category Detroit

I’ll say it again: Detroit is a really great and exciting place to be right now. This is a city where some exceptionally unusual stuff is happening, and, as I told a friend recently, I wouldn’t miss this shit for the world.

From the Reader’s Digest, Canadian version, comes this: 9 Surprising Reasons Why Detroit Rocks. In January, I will begin publishing my articles on Detroit, from a local, insider’s (Anarcho-Capitalist’s) view, which is very distinct from the view of the curious onlookers from the outside media parade who come here to photograph the same old ruins porn. One of my articles is titled, “Can Anarcho-Capitalism Save Detroit?”

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6 Responses to Detroit Minus the Ruins Porn

  1. John Venlet says:

    December 31st, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Karen, I lack your enthusiasm for Detroit, and thus limit my exposure to the city, but I will look forward to your series of articles. About the closest I want to get to Detroit is 12 Mile and Telegraph, and that’s because I love the Corn Beef Special sandwiches at the Star Deli.

  2. Karen De Coster says:

    December 31st, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    John V. – there is much going on here that no outsider who reads about Detroit would know…..any more than I would know what is going on in Des Moines, IA or Anchorage, AK. I am always amused by people who think they “know” Detroit when they don’t live here. I get more condemnations from folks in overcrowded, overpriced cities where they live in studio apts for $2-3k a month and can’t park a car; it makes me chuckle. Or I get condemnations from folks in such exciting places as smalltown Indiana or Kansas, or elsewhere. Detroit is decentralizing because it has to, because it must to survive. The art and farming communities are thriving in the city because of the lack of government. Private investors are swarming here because there is much potential due to inept government that cannot regulate and swaths of cheap, high-potential land. More to come.

  3. clark says:

    December 31st, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    We’ve had some offers in the Detroit area that looked appealing, however; we declined as we’ve had only negative info about the area, the whole state for that matter.

    I suspect you’re about to change the equation somewhat?
    Look forward to that.

  4. Mark D says:

    January 1st, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    The most I’ve been exposed to Detroit is spending some time in the airport. I thought the city was beautiful as we were flying in. I was able to have a very interesting conversation with a gentlemen on the flight, we talked about everything from cars to the Red Wings and Tigers. His friendliness would put most Canadians to shame. Maybe he was just an oddball or something but none the less he left me with an excellent impression of the city. The few interactions I had with the workers and people in the airport were also favourable; but what do I know? I’m just a guy from Canada who doesn’t even have to worry about locking his house at night!

  5. clark says:

    January 3rd, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    It seems that survivalblog is not doing your city any justice, from their Odds ‘n Sods section, this must be, as you put it, “Ruins Porn” this was my first real exposure to such, all I saw was opportunity blocked by regulations and taxes:

    “Readers E.D.M. and Jonathan R. suggested Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre’s extraordinary photographs documenting the dramatic decline of a major American city: Detroit in Ruins.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2011/jan/02/photography-detroit

    These scenes look like something out of a post-apocalyptic movie like The Book of Eli. I think that Detroit has had a few too many mayors like Louis Miriani, Coleman Young, and Kwame Kilpatrick. It is no wonder that Paul Verhoven chose Detroit for the locale in his movie Robocop.”

  6. clark says:

    January 3rd, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Mark D says: “I’m just a guy from Canada who doesn’t even have to worry about locking his house at night!”

    I lived in one of those places once, until it wasn’t.
    The thing is, you couldn’t tell the difference after wards.

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