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Detroit squanders distinct urban past

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This is a pretty good article comparing Detroit's preservation record against that of New Orleans. Read the article (here)

How so many people can even contemplate not rebuilding New Orleans is astounding!

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Great find! I think this sums it up very well.

In Detroit, we have pretty much squandered our heritage of historic architecture. Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of important older buildings have been torn down since World War II. In their place, we've gotten little more than surface parking lots and, in some cases, not even that.

Compare aerial views of Detroit from the 1950s and today and you'll see a startling difference. The city has been thinning out at a steady rate, with fewer buildings remaining decade after decade.

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