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AYN RAND predicted the downfall of DETROIT

In Ayn Rand’s book…..ATLAS SHRUGGED……..She described how American Cities would die…….she called hers Starnesville.  Detroit fits that description.  BANKRUPT.

Ayn’s description:

A few houses still stood within the skeleton of what had once been an industrial town. Everything that could move, had moved away; but some human beings had remained. The empty structures were vertical rubble; they had been eaten, not by time, but by men . . . The inhabited houses were scattered at random among the ruins; the smoke of their chimneys was the only movement visible in town . . . Beyond the town, on a distant hill, stood the factory of the Twentieth Century Motor Company. Its walls, roof lines and smokestacks looked trim, impregnable like a fortress. It would have seemed intact but for a silver water tank: the water tank was tipped sidewise.


This is Cass Technical High……where I went to school in 1958.


For Sale  $100.  The Chas. W. Hauschrr building.


What isn’t dumped in the street…..is stolen.


80,000 houses are in this condition.  Anything of value has been stolen……….plumbing and wiring ripped out and sold.


This is the house where I lived in 1950.


The only sign of life near here is a liquor store on Jefferson Ave.


A hundred abandoned schools.  Illiteracy is almost 50%.





Snowed under in DETROIT

DETROIT got dumped on ….AGAIN.  Biggest snow fall since 1880.


My friend, Richard Bell, from Cass Tech High school…….[we were students together in the Art Department in 1959]……sent me these photos.



Dick now lives in California……but has returned to Detroit to see the disaster for himself.



I don’t think her little shovel is gonna do the trick!


One of the grand old houses near downtown………making a  come back.

Thanks Dick for the photos.


City of Detroit 111……the STEAMER

The steamer….CITY of DETROIT 111…….was built in 1910 by the Detroit Shipbuilding Co.  It was designed by Frank E. Kirby.


In todays’s dollars…..the ship would  cost $38 million.  It was the largest side-wheeler in the world……….traveling between Buffalo, Cleveland and Detroit.


The interior decoratios were designed  by painter and architect Louis O. Keil.


The “Gothic Room” with it’s gothic architecture.







The ship was taken out of service in 1950 and sold for scrap six years later.  The GOTHIC ROOM was salvaged and can now be seen in the Dossin Great Lakes Museum.

THANKS for all my Birthday Greetings

Danka……..gracias……….Mercí……for all my Birthday Wishes.  How many candles were on that cake……….too many…………took a blowtorch to light them all!


This photo………..with me in my favorite ROY ROGERS shirt was taken with a brownie camera 65 years ago when I lived on Lincoln street in Detroit.  WOW!

How those years have flown by.

DETROIT……….I was there for the last 2 weeks

On Grand River Avenue………across from the abandoned Train Station………

was this very interesting GRAFFITI.

Click on to learn more about it.


DETROIT…….Houses that are Homes

My sister, Wini, and I drove around our old neighborhood……..and this is what is left of it…….and some people are actually living in these houses.

CLICK ON TO SEE MORE:      Detroit City Tour of Ghetto (final cut) – YouTube

I was born in this house on the corner of Alexanderine and Cass Ave.  Looks like someone is trying to restore it.

This reminds me of the time that City Marshals evicted us for non-payment of rent.  A neighbor let us move into their garage in the alley.  Then local kids broke into the garage and stole it all.

Three little kids were on their porch.  We gave them a pumpkin………and they ran inside.

Sidewalks grown over……ghostly !  The entire city block looks like this.  Only 3 houses left standing.

The man who lives in here came out and shooed us away.

A guy came out and told us he would call the police if we didn’t leave! WE LEFT!

My friend Lucy used to live here.  She was the dress buyer for Sak’s and Korvettes.  She now lives in Heaven. {I hope}.

Someone is trying hard to maintain their home.

We lived on this corner for 10 years………..

This Catholic church was just down the street on Trumbull Ave. Now it is the only building left for 12 blocks.  Homeless people are living in the basement.

Sad !  What happened to the family who lived here?

They were having a Bar-B-Q in the front yard!  I was NOT invited to chow down.

He is actually trying to restore this house.  GOOD LUCK!

Entire neighboorhoods are GONE.  Sidewalks GONE.   Families GONE.

This church was called HOPE GOSPEL when I was a kid. It’s still there on the corner of  what used to be Lincoln and Willis streets.

Now the church is on the corner of Aretha and Temptations!.  I get the “temptations” part………but Aretha?

Dionne Warwick sings “A House Is Not A Home” at St Lucia Jazz Festival – YouTube

DETROIT IS BANKRUPT………and burning down!

Detroit is BANKRUPT!  They have no more $$$ in the budget for tearing down the abandoned and burned out houses.  Tens of thousands have been demolished……..78,000 are waiting for demolition and the city only tears down about 1000 a year.  Kids have fun burning down the others.


This is 195 South Military…..where I lives as a child in the 50’s.


There are 43 firehouses …..but many of they have no fire fighters on duty.


95 percent of the fires are arson.  This was our living room and dining room.


Other fires are just labeled “suspicious”. They have only 15 ladder trucks with only have 27 engines…….duh!  This was our kitchen.


They only have 15 ladder trucks.

There are only 8 Batallion Chiefs to deal with the thousands of fires.


Peeling paint….or ART?  Both !!!


My childhood home is just one of the thousands of yearly  tragedies in Detroit.