Monday, June 11, 2012

Detroit Photo Diary

Posted By on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM

The Association of Alternative Newsmedia held its annual convention in Detroit last week. A very strange city, indeed, and one with a downtown that makes downtown Memphis look like Paris. There are lots of architectural masterworks, most of which are empty shells. There is no retail to speak of, very few restaurants, maybe one or two coffee shops, if you know where to look.

There is magnificent public art — statuary, fountains — and lovely landscaping, with fresh plantings, flowers, ornamental trees, and a nice downtown ballpark. But there are few people on the sidewalks — a fact that is magnified at night. Three large casinos appear to some draw folks in, but a look around inside shows that penny slots are the dominant game of choice. A city that was once home to 2.5 million people now has a population of 700,000. And boy, are they spread out. I'll write more in my column this week, but here are a few photos I took ...

click to enlarge Interior of the fabulous Guardian  office building.
  • Interior of the fabulous Guardian office building.
click to enlarge Guardian building lobby
  • Guardian building lobby
click to enlarge Joe Louis fist statue. Note knockout victim underneath.
  • Joe Louis fist statue. Note knockout victim underneath.
click to enlarge Art dedicated to labor movement.
  • Art dedicated to labor movement.
click to enlarge The "People Mover," which moves very few people a very short distance around downtown for 75 cents.
  • The "People Mover," which moves very few people a very short distance around downtown for 75 cents.
click to enlarge Statue for the Underground Railroad
  • Statue for the Underground Railroad
click to enlarge Not sure. Maybe an ode to spaceships?
  • Not sure. Maybe an ode to spaceships?
click to enlarge A fine dining option. I went with "edible."
  • A fine dining option. I went with "edible."
click to enlarge A street entertainer whose specialty was walking very slowly.
  • A street entertainer whose specialty was walking very slowly.
click to enlarge An inadvertent street entertainer, perhaps just in from Jersey Shore.
  • An inadvertent street entertainer, perhaps just in from Jersey Shore.
click to enlarge Greektown, a block of restaurants next to the Greektown casino.
  • Greektown, a block of restaurants next to the Greektown casino.

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