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Anyone know of any good Detroit web cams? The only ones i can find are of Campus Martius and a web cam from the cultural district that pans around.

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Well, there's the always blurry skyline camera. WDIV has a camera on top of the Penobscot Building that they use to show live pictures of the weather downtown on their newscasts. That would make a much more interesting image, IMO.

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There's also the Detroit River camera on Belle Isle

http://www.glmi.org/webcam/wcmain.htm

Then there's WXYZ's suburban webcams

http://web.wxyz.com/weather/webcams.html

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Yeah Allan i was hoping someone knew of how to access the cams on the Penobscot and Ren Cen etc. I was looking for something more in the city rather than a skyline shot. Thanks anyway.

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Yeah, I can't help you there. Preservation Wayne used to be allowed to take tours to the roof of the Penobscot Building, but they are repairing the roof now, and have said that they are not going to let us up once they are finished, so I guess you have to watch the news if you want to see the views.

We need to get a Broderick Tower webcam or something, lol. I've made the climb up to the roof probably 30 times...it would be nice if I could enjoy the view from home.

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Cant you secretly place one up there? It seems like you know the owner or something maybe you could get him to put one up. :)

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I suppose I could secretly place one up there, lol. As far as I know, the Broderick is not allowed to have electricity above the 6th floor. There is a wire that runs up to the roof though, since in November some morons decided that they were going to put 15,000 Christmas lights around the top of the building. The idea was to light it up like this:

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The Broderick was once the most well illuminated building in the entire world. I have some of the 1928 exterior lighting plans, which were quite elaborate. There are still lights up there, but I don't know if they'd even work if they were turned on.

Anyway, the scheme these guys had did not work. The guys who did it found power on the 4th floor, but it wasn't nearly enough to power all those lights. As a last ditch effort they confronted the bar manager, who had no idea this was going on, since they were entering the building through an opening upstairs. Needless to say, he was not impressed, and had employees go up to take down all the lights. Today some of those lights are strung up in the bar, and on the second floor. It would've been cool to see had it worked. However, at the same time, the bar would've been shut down.

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I too would be impressed to have a webcam up there. However, I have a feeling it would probably be thrown off onto Woodward Ave. Sounds like a project for UrbanMichigan.com!

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Yeah, it probably would get thrown out onto Woodward. Everything from flaming doors to glass, cinder blocks, satellite dishes, and antennas have been thrown out of that building at some point in the last few months. Fortunately that problem should be solved now that the building is sealed.

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Does the owner plan on incorporating exterior lighting into the renovations when he turns it into a residential building? You guys have probably noticed that im a huge fan of having Detroit towers lit up at night.

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Allan, I have a piece of garbage weather proof webcam that produces a real good image, but doesn't rotate all that well. The only problem is, it requires an extra long LAN cable. Even if one could extend down 34 floors, it would have nowhere to go after that. LOL

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Zissou,

I really doubt the owner has thought about lighting yet. He's just trying to get the building renovated. He's had setback over setback over the last 20 years. The plans are approved, and have been approved for some time. The owner is now holding up the renovation of the building over stupid crap. And when the owner is not holding things up, the city is. Kwame has repeatedly tried to get the city in on the Broderick deal, but the owner refuses to let him. For a while it was to the point that the city was going to take the building.

They want to do a restaurant on the 33rd floor and a "rooftop element" that is lit at night. I am bit concerned about this rooftop element...I don't want them to destroy the look of the building. But things change, so who knows. I will just be happy once the building is renovated.

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Youre right. The most important thing right now is just getting the building renovated and people in there. Little touches like lighting will come after he can get some people in there.

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I use the CMart webcam to virtually travel to Detroit every day...now what am I going to do? It appears that it fell and we get to look at the side of compuware and the advertising for lofts at 1001 woodward.

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Are there any Detroit webcams that are not skyline shots from the river? I found one from Belle Isle, but it seems to only work half the time.

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There is one in the cultural center that pans around. It shows some skyline but other buildings as well. I think its an earth cam.

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Detroit is severely lacking in the number of webcams it has. And most of those are in the burbs...I haven't quite figured that one out. Who wants to look at Sprawlfield?

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I gave the suggestion of a webcam to the Operations Manager @ the Kales. She didn't think it was possible but will look into it.

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That would be a good location for one. I probably couldnt bring myself to look at it though until the Statler was completely gone.

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