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Detroit from Above

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Continued from part one....

The jail and the Detroit Police Headquarters

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1001 Woodward

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Looking north towards New Center

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Park Place Apartments

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David Stott Building

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Broderick Tower

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The two new stadia have taken the place of several blocks worth of abandoned buildings

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Tiger Stadium now sits vacant

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Michigan Central Station sits alone, waiting for some sort of miracle to save it. It is supposed to be the new headquarters of the DPD, but time will tell whether that's just another dream, or will actually become a reality.

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Newly renovated buildings along Woodward Avenue

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Cass Tech High School

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SBC Building

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The End. :)

Part I

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The David Stott Building is one of Detroit's architectural treasures...one of my favorites. Completed in 1929, the building is 32 floors and 437 feet tall. At one point during the 1990s, the owners of the building did not pay the electricity bill, and the electricity was shut off. After trying to raise money to pay the bill, the tenants moved out, vacating the building. In poor shape, the building faced demolition; however, new owners bought the building and began renovating it.

I was in the building two weeks ago, and things are looking much better. Floors 15-32 are almost fully leased, although floors 2-14 remain unoccupided. The building's main problem is that it has small floor plates, which makes attracting large tenants difficult. This is the case with most of the older skyscrapers in the city, which is why most of them remain Class B or C office space.

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I definately agree about the ballpark. If I were building the park, I would've pushed it up right against Woodward, with the parking in the back. I would've built two parking garages with street level retail. Additionally, I would've incorporated the old YMCA, and possibly the Wolverine Hotel that into the park, creating apartments, condos, and a small hotel. The YMCA & the Wolverine Hotel were both demo'd for the two parking lots out front.

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Definately some views I've never seen of Detroit! I'm glad you posted these, I feel different about Detroit now. I love aerial shots!!

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Wow. Now I'm really disappointed that there was a misunderstanding when we were supposed to go to the roof at the "other forum's" meet. I have to get up there soon. Once again, great pics!!

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You had some great lighting for those pics. The sun going down and the haze in the background made for some very atmospheric shots. Great work!

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Thanks! I had some printed just for the heck of it, and they look pretty nice. Now, if only I had some wall space to hang them on....

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