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Old Posted Jan 19, 2018, 5:34 AM
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Detroit - Downtown - General Views and Modern Buildings

Detroit is the 23rd largest city in the United States by population (673,000) and is the largest city of the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn MI Metropolitan Statistical Area in Michigan (the 14th largest in the United States).

Downtown is located adjacent to the Detroit River that separates Detroit in Michigan from Windsor in Ontario. This thread features general views of the waterfront and skyline and streetscapes, as well as a selection of modern buildings dating from mid-century to recent completion.





















































































































































































All photos taken by geomorph in 2017.

For my other Detroit threads, see:

Downtown - Historic Buildings: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=231746

Midtown and New Center: http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...81#post8056581

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Beautiful public art and monuments. Where I reside people in general including the ones in authority do NOT know how to commission a decent public art piece. We have garbage here, the only decent public art pieces you will see in town are within the MGM City Center, corporate owned.
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Old Posted Jan 19, 2018, 12:22 PM
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Detroit has beautiful bones. Like the "Rust Belt" generally, the architecture is beautiful. I like Sun Belt cities like Atl, Clt, and Dallas, but those cities lack the architectural grandeur and stunning monuments that one finds in Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo.
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Old Posted Jan 19, 2018, 4:27 PM
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I'm always impressed with how clean the old limestone buildings are. No evidence of pollution - I guess they have all been cleaned/restored over the years?

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Detroit has beautiful bones. Like the "Rust Belt" generally, the architecture is beautiful. I like Sun Belt cities like Atl, Clt, and Dallas, but those cities lack the architectural grandeur and stunning monuments that one finds in Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo.
Yes from what I have seen here, there is definitely substance and style on the architecture of the buildings in Detroit not just one massive block of a building.

Vegas forget it, again the ones in charge don't care. We have a brand new Supreme Court/Court of Appeals in Downtown Vegas, what a joke of a building and the City Hall of Las Vegas another joke, they placed neon on a government building and it has a light show during the evenings!

What I admire the most in town as far as architecture is the Clark County Government Center, now that is one beautiful structure same with the Smith Center across the boulevard from the government center.
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I've uh...been to his little borther, Windsor, ON.
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This is a PHENOMENAL thread and wow-those historic buildings are BOMB!! My old home of Denver had quite a few however a lot were demoed there back in the awful 60's and 70's during the stupid urban renewal fling.

Again great job bud-thanks!!
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Old Posted Jan 22, 2018, 3:12 AM
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"You gotta lose your mind in Detroit, Rock City!"



"Detroit Rock City" by Kiss


I feel uptight on a Saturday night
Nine o' clock, the radio's the only light
I hear my song and it pulls me through
Comes on strong, tells me what I got to do
I got to

Get up
Everybody's gonna move their feet
Get down
Everybody's gonna leave their seat
You gotta lose your mind in Detroit Rock City

Get up
Everybody's gonna move their feet
Get down
Everybody's gonna leave their seat

Getting late
I just can't wait
Ten o'clock and I know I gotta hit the road
First I drink, then I smoke
Start the car, and I try to make the midnight show

Get up
Everybody's gonna move their feet
Get down
Everybody's gonna leave their seat

Movin' fast, doin' ninety five
Hit top speed but I'm still movin' much too slow
I feel so good, I'm so alive
I hear my song playin' on the radio
It goes

Get up
Everybody's gonna move their feet
Get down
Everybody's gonna leave their seat

Twelve o'clock, I gotta rock
There's a truck ahead, lights starin' at my eyes
Oh my God, no time to turn
I got to laugh 'cause I know I'm gonna die
Why

Get up
Everybody's gonna move their feet
Get up
Everybody's gonna leave their seat
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Old Posted Jan 22, 2018, 3:29 AM
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This awesome thread would make the Motor City Madman proud!

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This awesome thread would make the Motor City Madman proud!
Yep and Bob Seger too!!

Oh btw is the Stroh Brewery still in Detroit?
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Nice pictures of the motor city!
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Nice pictures!
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Nice set. Was the QLine running at this point, or had they only gotten in the rail?
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Nice set. Was the QLine running at this point, or had they only gotten in the rail?
Thank you for the compliment, yes the QLine was running and I used it for a short backtrack from New Center to Midtown!
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Seriously though great pics thanks for stopping by







Hard to pick a favorite but you can't go wrong with these two.
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Detroit's architectural gems almost make up for the inertness of its modernist duds. This is not just Detroit's failing, either. Almost every American city has decided to cleanse away the liveliness of the city in favor set pieces and empty sidewalks. It's a tragedy that we couldn't have encased really wonderful places like Detroit (and Philly, St Louis, Cleveland, Baltimore,et al) in aspic for a couple of generations until Americans got over their fixation with squat boxes. I hope Detroit really comes back and not simply as an euthanized city with postcard views.
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^Luckily, the last few times I have been to Detroit it has been very bustling and energetic in the downtown areas. I don't think one has to worry about Detroit becoming a sterile and empty (yet very pretty) set piece any time soon, anymore!
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Old Posted Feb 11, 2018, 4:10 PM
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Some great pictures there, thanks for sharing. I visit Windsor fairly regularly and often have thought there's some lovely buildings in the Detroit skyline. You've captured their essence well.
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Old Posted Feb 15, 2018, 2:33 PM
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Detroit has some great areas. You would not know that if you listened to the national media. The old sections remind me a lot of Chicago, but without the newer tall buildings.
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