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Looking southward at the buildings along this street.

Downtown Detroit seen from Windsor, Ontario.Penobscot Building, completed in 1928, seen in the background.

The Penobscot was the eighth tallest building in the world upon completion (566 ft or 173 m), and was the tallest building in Michigan until 1977, the year of construction of the Renaissance Hotel tower.

From one of the few snow storms earlier this winter

how do you suppose things got to be like this?

who knows? god has a plan. except for defectives like you, of course.

me? whaddya mean?

you musta been born a bad seed, is all I can figure.

really? does it show?

well, yeah! not that I mind, but you might want to consider changing your shroud once in a while.

but I do! every other year. whether it needs it or not.

I bet that gets you a lot of dates.

it does! not with real girls, of course.


we are here on a charitable mission.

maybe. seems to me you're just looking for money.

we do need money to survive in this world.

you know what they say: money is the root of all evil. what do you think about that?

yes, however, I have it on very high authority that it is not the evil itself.

we should thank god for that.


Looking down Michigan Avenue toward Campus Martius.

how do you like the new headquarters, vinnie?

this? we're moving in here?

well, yeah. what, you don't like it?

what's to like, paulie? it's a dump!

don't let the boss hear you say that, vinnie. not ever.

right! I mean, it's perfect!

it just needs a little fixing up, is all.

no shit.

In the collection of images from Walter Weible, there are some that really got my attention. This is one of two... the other will be shared in a day or two.


The image shows the Michigan Central Detroit station during the steam era. I'm not sure of an exact date, but the tower and third rail electric should give an approximate date. The locomotive exiting the train shed has a drop coupler, so I'm guessing it could be a hudson locomotive that the NYC was so famous for...


This image was scanned from a medium format negative, tweaked and has been reduced considerably in size.

Representing some of Detroit's brands. I know there are more...


Explored January 1, 2013. Peaked at #2.


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Detroit yesterday, as seen from Windsor.

A night-time view of the city I am from. I love the lights on the Detroit river at night.


If you are visiting Detroit for photography, bring your passport. The best views of the skyline are from Canada (Windsor). It's not hard (or expensive) to cross the border for a short time.


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edna? wanna go for a walk?

not now, stanley. my favorite TV show is starting.

I need some exercise.

well, go take your walk then.

ok. see you in a couple of hours.

that long? to take a walk?

and to stop at the ice cream store, of course.

I see. well go work those muscles then.

I will. I totally abuse the machine.

hot fudge sundae, I presume?

2 scoops. I'm cutting back.



First National Building, Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan

March 19, 2017


Women's City Club, Park Ave, Detroit.


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hey moe, I finished the job. come check it out.

ok, let's see. what the? wait a minute! what is this?

whaddya mean? you asked me to paint the bridge. you don't like it?

paint the bridge? no you idiot! I asked you to decorate the fridge!

oh. the fridge. that's why you said don't leave the door open. I get it!

I need a beer. we got any cold ones?

look in the fridge. the very boring fridge.

nice bridge, though.

ain't it?

Sunrise in Detroit from the top of an abandoned factory.

Detroit, Michigan

March 19, 2017


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I've seen things like this happen on television and in movies, but nothing, and I mean nothing can describe the feeling of being right there in the moment, feeling the intense heat and witnessing the struggle that firefighters go through while trying to contain a fire of this magnitude.


*No one was hurt. =)

Detroit Skyline; Detroit Riverwalk; February, 2017

good morning, herr doktor.

look at this, my boy! my new theory has been completely substantiated!

what theory is that, doktor?


what's that?

cracked pots! previously thought to exist only in the brains of scientists studying salmonella excretions in joy-riding pigs! as it turns out, it's everywhere!

it certainly is in here.

right! I mean, what did you say?

nothing, herr doktor. nothing at all.

Detroit, Michigan

March 19, 2017


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Detroit People Mover | 2013

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