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Oh my, the Kupchek's have really let their place run down... (explore 12/6/11)

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I was struck by both the dichotomy of Detroit neighborhoods, as well as the apparent permanence of these now very real conditions. There are glistening Victorian mansions which stand next to singed, abandoned churches; complete with remnants of human scat piles and soiled clothing strewn about. But, what is most interesting about this environment, is how seemingly unfazed these people are who live amongst this fragile landscape. They just get on with their lives and don‘t really fuss about it all. I think in a way, that is all very encouraging to me; if nothing else than to simply witness the perseverance of some very determined and courageous people. Perhaps it’s their pride keeping them grounded in spite of the challenges. Of course, it would be natural to want to flee – who wouldn’t want to? That’s exactly what many others have already done. But, how about appreciating the steely will and hometown pride of those who choose to keep their stake firmly in the ground? I admire that. I too have pride in Detroit, having grown up in the burbs... just a fascinating place on many levels. I believe Detroit’s woes are not too uncommon; just a bit more amplified by the sheer scale of the car industry decline. .

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Taken on November 6, 2011