Detroit Real Time Ride-Along

They say hipsters are saving Detroit, but just how far do you have to drive from the “safety” of the downtown hipster enclaves until you reach certain death territory? Let’s find out…

  • Rosenmops

    Looks like after an apocalypse. I’ve never seen anything like that in Canada. But you never know what the future may bring.

    • Yet.

      • lolwut?

        Come to Vancouver, I’ll give you a tour of the Downtown East Side.

        junkies, trash, needles, open drug use, human feces….. it’s like
        a scene out of the walking dead..

    • lolwut?

      Main and Hastings.

      • Rosenmops

        Main and Hastings doesn’t have abandoned and falling down buildings scattered along miles of empty roads lined with giant elm trees and green fields of grass.

        At Main and Hastings the addicts are crowded into a few blocks of run down hotels and rooming houses. Detroit seems to be just the opposite. Hipsters have moved into a very small area in the Centre of Detroit and claimed it for themselves, but outside the hipster bubble in all directions the crackheads and criminals are scattered along the quiet tree lined roads, living in abandoned houses and apartments.

        Watch the video, it is amazing.

        • lolwut?

          DTES has plenty of vacant derelict buildings that are only now being
          torn down and rebuilt and the clusters of junkies and piles of trash and needles is much more then the corner of Main and Hastings.

          You have to put it into perspective, Vancouver is a tiny city compared
          to Detroit with a much much smaller population.

          DTES also has the highest concentration of HIV and Hep-C in the western world.

          A street market on Carroll street meant to herd the drug addicts selling their junk has done nothing but make the problem explode.

          I know, I live on Cordova in Gastown and work in the DTES
          have done so on and off for the last 20 years.

          I’ve worked at the Balmoral, the Regent, the American and several other hotels for various people including the notorious Paul Sahota.

          I’m one of the few people who has his cell phone number.

          He’s a crackhead also, as is his brother Gudi

    • Clausewitz

      Reminds me of some of the old ghost mining towns in Northern Ontario.

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  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I just joined the Liberals.
    Life will be easier for the next twelve years.

  • ntt1

    a result of half a century of democrat/progressive policies

  • BillyHW

    I’ve done this exact drive.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Johannesburg is MUCH worse.

    • Clausewitz

      Not for long.

  • DMB

    What particularly intrigued me about this video is how Detroit’s solution for their economic woes is the cities “art community”. Putting dresses on trees and tires, stuffed animals on derelict houses is some of the most intellectually lazy art one can think off. What little initiative these hipster artists have is quite astounding. This is definitely not even close to the sixteenth chapel level of art more like something a 3rd grader would come up with. It is awful and unpleasant to look at resembling more of adding junk to a pile of trash. Yet cities across the North America are looking to the “arts community” to essentially replicate this type of model failure for economic rejuvenation. These hipster artists shouldn’t be allowed to vote never mind be allowed to display their so called art in public at least without some kind of lit miss test on what qualifies for art and what qualifies for garbage.