Saturday, July 20, 2013


   So Detroit's dying.  Michigan's governor filed for bankruptcy to get the city out from under its massive debt.  A judge may have thwarted that but the money to pay those debts doesn't exist.  Detroit's been a disaster for decades with no present prospects of improving.  As much as Michael Moore wants to blame big business for Detroit's death, it's way more complicated than that, involving post-war suburbanization, white flight, US deindustrialization, one-party rule and massive, massive municipal corruption.
   In the past I made a couple of posts about Detroit and three years ago the luminous Mrs. V and I took a detour through the city on our way to Glacier National Park.  There's really no way to convey the vast devastation of the place but here's a few pictures anyway.

This beautiful building, though money was explicitly raised to renovate it, was demolished in 2011

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Todt Hill's Projects

Portfolio: Todt Hill Houses


   I was shown this site by my wife the other day. There look to be some amazing collections on its pages.  As I find cool things I'll post them.
   The luminous Mrs. V grew up in these one time models of municipal housing.  Until recently they were among the best projects in the city.  Changing times and attitudes have led to a slow downhill trending in quality of life for the place.  So it goes.