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Thursday, December 04, 2008


When I first drove through Detroit, I saw a poverty-stricken city, with burnt-out homes, tall abandoned office buildings and hotels with boarded doors and broken windows, and liquor-stores neighboring some reverend's loudly-advertised house of redemption. Poverty was not all, though. Worse still were the wide, well-laid boulevards, and the intricately carved stone facades... the evidence of better times. Not just poverty, but decay.

The industrial equivalent can be found driving into Chicago. One drives past Gary, Indiana, with huge factories standing abandoned.

But the "prize" for resembling Starnesville (from Atlas Shrugged), probably goes to a "Detroit suburb" built in the Brazilian jungle.