August 8th, 2013 at 6:20 PM ^

I really enjoyed the lines about how he believes the rest of America wants Detroit to fail.  I guess it appealed to that part of me which falls for the nobody-respects-us cliche.  Although in this case I think it's fair to say in this case that you don't have to invent the disrespect.

The Transformers surprise was a nice touch too.

Then I was disappointed that, despite the anti-ruin-porn thing, he basically focused on ruin porn.  And empty places.  It undermined the whole first half of the essay.


August 12th, 2013 at 10:49 AM ^

I'd argue that's not the only reason.  I think, along similar lines, coastal types also root for Detroit's failure to confirm their preconceived notions of the supposed superiority of their own locales.  It's a fairly true stereotype that the coasts think that anything in between is a rusted-out, worthless backwater.  If Detroit is awful, they can point there and say, "see?"

Maybe that's another way of saying the same thing.


August 14th, 2013 at 1:13 PM ^

I think it also has to do with the synonimity of "Detroit" the city with "Detroit" the US Auto Industry. There is a lot of stigma (rightly or wrongly) about the US Government's involvement in GM and Chrysler's bankrupcies. Many people dislike what happened and actively root against and/or don't support those two companies, which I think can lead to people rooting against "Detroit".

That said, I am biased but I think that cars now are better than they have ever been, and Ford, GM, and Chrysler are all putting out some absolutely great products. The notion of "foreign" automakers is a lot smaller too, Toyota's US Tech Center is in Ann Arbor, and next week I'm going to visit 4 customers (I work for an Auto Supplier) near Detroit: 2 US OEMs, a French based supplier, and a German based supplier. All of them are located in Metro Detroit. Oh, and US auto sales might hit 16M again this year, which is pretty much the normal, pre-recession number. People seem to forget that the US Auto Industry pulled the US out of the post-9/11 recession (0% for 60) and that they are doing a great job of pulling the US out of this one too.


August 8th, 2013 at 6:20 PM ^

As a very amateur photographer, I always wanted to go after some ruin porn, but my moral compass never let me do it.  It's just too sad and even if I wasn't going to try to monetize the photos, something just seems wrong about it.

That said, I got this book for XMAS a year or two ago:

So maybe I'm a bit of a hypocrit.