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Post  LivermoreDave on July 1st 2013, 1:55 pm

During the mid 70"s I traveled to Detroit, one such visit was my first at a certain location. I arrived at night and after business hours so traffic was very relaxed. I thought it may be of value to locate the business that night to provide a much smoother journey the next morning while maneuvering "rush hour traffic". The address wasn't clear to my finding! I parked the truck, walked across the street to a service station that remained open. As I walked up to the facility several black gentlemen were sitting around enjoying the evening. I spoke to the men politely and ask of the location I was seeking. They explained the business's where-a-bouts, I sat with them long enough to drink a Coke, thank them for their help then drove to the motel. That is something I wouldn't do today!

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Post  rmcomprandy on July 1st 2013, 2:54 pm


It is an honest shame to the Detroit government that at one time this was the most advanced assembly facility in the world and this carnage is what remains.
I am old enough to remember when it was going strong. My dad worked there for 25 years.

Taking the time to change all the blueprints from British measurements to North American measurements then producing over 54,000 Rolls-Merlin engines, (with some big improvements over the British originals), for the World War II Pacific conflict, (used in the aircraft and the gasoline powered PT boats), was a MAJOR reason for the USA winning the war in that region before dropping those A bombs.  And, they did it for NO profit over 4 years which probably was the start to Packard going out of business.

It is just wrong that federal money won't be granted for that building which produced those engines to stand as a "Historical Monument" but, it is allowed to be this way instead. After all we could be speaking Japaneze.

Hell, The first site of MOTOWN RECORDS in Detroit was granted money to become a "Historical Monument" so, I guess that was more important.

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Post  Barney on July 1st 2013, 3:35 pm

Truly sad.
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Post  austin460 on July 1st 2013, 9:41 pm

Always makes me sad to see once great Industrial buildings going to rack and ruin. I have seen quite a few here in the UK fall into dis-repair. The governments should learn this is all part of the rich heritage of industrial nations. When I see these building I always think that in the current climate you will never see that amount of investment again everything now seems to be built quick and cheap especially here in the UK.
Changing the subject slightly didn't Detroit have one of the most magnificent railway stations in the world at some point is that still there or has it also gone to ruin.
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Post  61coon on July 1st 2013, 10:46 pm

That is sad to see a part of American history ruined like that.
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Post  rmcomprandy on July 2nd 2013, 12:30 am

austin460 wrote:Always makes me sad to see once great Industrial buildings going to rack and ruin. I have seen quite a few here in the UK fall into dis-repair. The governments should learn this is all part of the rich heritage of industrial nations. When I see these building I always think that in the current climate you will never see that amount of investment again everything now seems to be built quick and cheap especially here in the UK.
Changing the subject slightly didn't Detroit have one of the most magnificent railway stations in the world at some point is that still there or has it also gone to ruin.

IT is still standing ... a hulk in ruin. The property taxes on it get paid so it simply exists; an eyesore you can't miss because it is almost 10 stories tall.
Like the Packard buildings ... made of concrete not steel.
It is owned by the same idiot billionaire, Maddy Maroun, who owns the Ambassador Bridge Company and that monumental bridge to Canada is in disrepair and on its way to being trash. It is now closed to pedestrians because of the bad footing on the cement sidewalks and suspect railings. Maintenance is only done on the roadway.

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Post  patfromjersey on July 2nd 2013, 12:41 am

I love looking at the old pictures from the industrial revolution years. What a shame it's all gone. Sad 
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Post  bbf-falcon on July 2nd 2013, 2:31 am

61coon wrote:That is sad to see a part of American history ruined like that.

X2:shock: Crying or Very sad 

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Post  dfree383 on July 2nd 2013, 4:57 am

Whats wierd is I'm watching a new city being built here in Saudi...... Its like being in the USA in the late 1800's..... sucks that we can do the same anymore.
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Post  72mav on July 2nd 2013, 9:16 pm

dfree383 wrote:Whats wierd is I'm watching a new city being built here in Saudi...... Its like being in the USA in the late 1800's..... sucks that we can do the same anymore.

We could Dave if we werent holding up the world with OUR money. Screw the globalists! Keep it here.
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Post  dfree383 on July 3rd 2013, 4:28 am

72mav wrote:
dfree383 wrote:Whats wierd is I'm watching a new city being built here in Saudi...... Its like being in the USA in the late 1800's..... sucks that we can do the same anymore.

We could Dave if we werent holding up the world with OUR money. Screw the globalists! Keep it here.

It would be very tough for the USA to do anything like this here reguardless of the money...... we have become to complex, to demanding and to expensive to do it..... The rest of the world can't afford our products. If you would see what the Construction workers are being paid here your jaw would hit the floor............ and as far as money, believe me the rest of the world has a whole lot of it too, the US is just a part of it.

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Post  LivermoreDave on July 3rd 2013, 2:04 pm

This topic brings to mind a thought or two! The government whether it's local, state or federal wish not to use the time old adage of: "teach me to fish and I can feed myself". Instead these agencies seem to prefer damaging any hopes of fishing in place of delivering a fish!

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Post  austin460 on July 23rd 2013, 9:49 pm

So sad now its a whole city not just Studebaker that's bankrupt hard to believe.
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Post  rmcomprandy on July 24th 2013, 2:26 am

austin460 wrote:So sad now its a whole city not just Studebaker that's bankrupt hard to believe.

Actually, Studebaker did not go bankrupt to end its existance. All its holdings were bought by American Motors at the end of 1966.
Kieser which purchased Willys Overland years before was sold again in 1970 to become another part of American Motors with Hudson and Nash, (and the defunct Studebaker), which in the early 90's merged again with Chrysler Corporation.  They did go bankrupt a few years ago after partnering with Daimler who bailed on Chrysler.

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Post  AZFairlane on July 24th 2013, 6:49 pm

It looks like Europe and Japan after WWII, and not a single bomb was dropped. Sad Mad 
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Post  John Myrick on July 26th 2013, 12:52 am

Lems on FB ?? what's this world coming too Shocked 
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Post  Lem Evans on July 26th 2013, 1:05 am

John Myrick wrote:Lems on FB ??   what's this world coming too  Shocked 

It was emailed to me....I am not on FB. cyclops 

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Post  John Myrick on July 26th 2013, 1:25 am

Lem Evans wrote:
John Myrick wrote:Lems on FB ??   what's this world coming too  Shocked 

It was emailed to me....I am not on FB. cyclops 

Thank goodness........thought the world was ending
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Post  Lem Evans on July 26th 2013, 1:51 am

Very Happy 

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