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Friday, March 17, 2006
 
Urban Archaeology
I spent the first 23 years of my life in and around Detroit. The place has always held a heartbreaking grip on how I view several issues from race to mass transit, to urban sprawl, to architecture, to failed dreams and probably just about everything in between.

With this in mind, I have come across what very well may be the coolest all-original one topic blog ever. Detroitblog.org is the mind blowing site of a photographer who "explores" Detroit's abandoned buildings.

He found this: in the scattered debris of Motown Records' old headquarters before it was torn down.

I'm not sure why I just spent three hours reading every inch of his blog from top to bottom. I've never actually done that on any blog before.

Maybe it's because he's posted photos of the old Kresge Building where my grandfather worked.

Maybe it because he wrote about the odd little riverfront trailer park where I helped my friend Mike MacMichael deliver newspapers.

Maybe it's because he posts pictures from the Grande Ballroom where I saw punk rock acts in the '80s and my dad saw jazz greats in the '40s and '50s.

Or maybe it's just because he sees the same madness that characterizes the once proud city - the madness that now makes the place painfully intriguing, but almost assuredly will prevent me from ever calling Detroit home again.
 
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