6427 Miles: A Tour of America
By Gerard Forgnone
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Nita lives in Grosse Pointe Woods, a well-run
suburban community of Detroit. Detroit city
proper is not run well, and ran out of money.
Nita took me around Detroit to see what's left.
This is a typical street about 5 miles from downtown
Detroit. There are few people living in this
area, because there are no services and no
jobs. The blocks are beginning to revert to
nature. As far as I'm concerned, reverting to
nature would probably be a good idea, then these
plots can become farms again, like they were in the
Trash is very common. There is nobody there to
enforce the littering laws, and no witnesses.
Below is a photo of a better street. The
houses here belonged to the wealthy, and were better
taken care of over the years, and therefore are
still in good enough condition to sell. Many
are, nonetheless, still empty, and can be purchased
Houses like this are available for very little
money, often just back taxes.
Here we are near downtown Detroit, along the Detroit
River. Behind us is the General Motors
Renaissance Center. Here's where you'll see
some amount of nice property, where the city of
Detroit is trying to turn things around.
Across the river is Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
We are actually NORTH of Canada at this point!
Inside the GM Renaissance Center skyscraper.
We're leaving the GM Renaissance Center on a free
elevated tram. While this is a safer, warmer
way to get around town, it hurt the small businesses
on the ground level...office workers would no longer
visit local restaurants and shops, and this hurt
The old and abandoned next to the newer and
We left downtown and headed back into the former
living areas of Detroit. This group of houses
has been made into Pop Art.
This is the old, long-abandoned Packard
factory. Very scary here! I wouldn't
want to wander here at night!
Nita found an estate sale near her home, and I found
this hand-painted cutout of what looks like Lady
Bird Johnson. I never in a million years would
have imagined that the former First Lady had a rack
like this! I think someone was having a
SCORE! Vintage liquid cleaner wax! I had
a little bit of this stuff left at home, and scored
these two nearly full bottles. Oh, the minor
joys of life!
Back at Nita's house. This is the view from
her driveway...very pleasant, clean, and quiet!
Tomorrow, south to Ohio.
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