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Old Posted Aug 1, 2013, 10:31 PM
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Detroit is my soul.

Greetings.

I used to be a bigger part of the SSP family. For six years I made my daily pilgrimage to this forum, I drove my poor Ford Focus (the first of two) to its grave darting to forum meets at cities near and far. I made friends here that I grew to cherish and still keep very much in contact here to this day. I even fell in love here once.

And then, life took some turns. The Great Recession forced me to leave my beloved hometown... in the five years since I've moved to Charlotte, became a teacher, earned a Masters and now am embarking on my first school leadership position. Life changed, and I left the SSP world for the most part behind.

Despite the cliche, I thought it was time to come home again. First, I have made my yearly summer pilgrimage to Detroit - MY hometown, the place where I yearn to still make my way back to at some point to add my contribution to the comeback underway - despite what headlines you read and the same ruin porn photographs shown across the mediascape. After spending weeks with family and friends, I took quite a few pictures from my dusty camera over the past few years. These may not be award winners, but they represent my ability to capture a dynamic, depressed, resilient and remarkable place that formed the person I am and continues to shape the person I strive to become.

Over the next few weeks I am going to make an effort - however small it may be due to another school year beginning to gear up - to share more of my present and recent past travels to you. Enjoy. And thanks SSP for allowing an old forumer the honor to come home.

Pictures from Summer 2011, 2012 and '13.

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Old Posted Aug 1, 2013, 10:35 PM
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Old Posted Aug 1, 2013, 10:52 PM
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Absolutely outstanding set! Detroit is a real city with real people. Not the sugarcoated sun belt crap. Can't wait to see more.
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That first picture gave me chills with the towers and the train rushing by. Despite its troubles, Detroit still has its big city bones. Just imagine at least one major tower added to that first shot! I know Downtown will make a comeback, I can't wait to see the improvements in 10 years time. Very well done TNTD.
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Detroit kicks ass. It's nice to see somebody writing about their city with such passion. You give the urban spaces and architecture of your formative years the credit cities deserve. Oh, and I especially dig the aerial of downtown. In Canadian photo forums the Detroit skyline pops up here and there (usually in relation to Windsor), but it's a real treat to see another vantage point of the core. Detroit is pretty impressive from the air.
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Never saw this angle. It gets me thinking to what it would look like if someone ever builds more towers in Lafayette Park.

Welcome back. Can you believe that in as little as a year and a half from now you'll be taking pictures from the Woodward Avenue streetcar? It's been a long time coming.
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That first picture gave me chills with the towers and the train rushing by.
Well yes, I actually kinda like that people mover thing. Although I read it was quite outdated in urban environments today, since light rail has been so much in the trend, I think it still might be helpful in particular conditions, and not only in airports. Excuse my butt but of course, I'm thinking about la Défense here again... You know, that highrise cluster built upon that huge post-war concrete slab in Paris, which too many over here still fiercely dislike. That exclusively pedestrian slab is so large that they're thinking about some project to help people in crossing it faster. So I read their idea was some cable cars so far, and I've been skeptical about it. I'd rather see something like that people mover hung over the slab and its too large pedestrian spaces; I'm sure that would fit it very well by running between the highrises, but I'm clueless about the costs. I assume some cable thing like what you see in ski resorts would be cheaper, otherwise they could consider this thing to redevelop the slab more seriously and make it finally more attractive to locals somehow.

Oh, good thread by the way, I like your scenes. People are like sorry or scared about Detroit, that's funny. I'm not worried about it.
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Well old friend, you have succeeded in bringing me out of retirement as well. It was a pleasure joining you in Detroit as your guest this summer. These shots will only add to the years of memories that I have made with you.

Detroit looks great. I'm proud to know her so well.
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Nice photos. Detroit impresses with its skyline. That aerial shot is sweet.
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Glad to see things are looking up for you TNTD. If you keep posting threads like this, things will be looking up for SSP too. Thanks.

btw, who the heck is this Sulley person?
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Old Posted Aug 7, 2013, 4:43 AM
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Nice shot of Southfield. I studied architecture at LTU for two years and the city looks great at sunset. I always knew we were close to home when I could see them from 275 on the way home from vacation when I was a little kid (I grew up in northern Royal Oak). I should get out there and take some decent pictures of the highrises in Troy/Auburn Hills/Pontiac.
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Well done! A balanced and accurate portrayal.
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