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French777
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Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 6:34 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Would you rather time travel to Detroit's past
lets say 1870's, 1950 or 2050

I personally would rather go back to the 1950's because the future is just bigger,thinner TV's and faster computers and such
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Crumbled_pavement
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Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 6:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well my opinion is biased but I don't think 1870's Detroit, or 1950's Detroit for that matter, would accept me. That being said I would rather have 2050's Detroit....
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Detroitrise
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Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 6:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm perfectly fine right here.

There's no telling if we're going to see 2009, let along 2050.

In addition, I'm with Crumbled_pavement. I would feel rather out of place in the 1800s and early 1900s.
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Bobceng
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Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2008 - 7:47 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think the period 1925-28 would have been the most interesting to experience. A real mix of technology (auto/horse, gas/electric, first aircraft), but any of us would probably be able to blend in, get around, talk about subjects of the day, etc. The activity would be astounding.

And think about catching a tigers game at Navin Field (Briggs by then?)!
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Jman
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Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2008 - 8:28 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'll take some parts of the 50's and 60's and some parts of today.
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Ray1936
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Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2008 - 12:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh, give me 1870! I was in my teens and beyond in the 1950s, so been there, done that. Having grave doubts about the future, forget me for 2050. Y'all will be rioting over energy by then as the oil reserves peter out.
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Chuckjav
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Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2008 - 12:50 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

French777...I will take a tip from your moniker & go off the board for a trip to Detroit in 1701.

I would like to do some some fishing down by the river; want to be present for Cadillac's arrival.
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Ray1936
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Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2008 - 1:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It would be interesting to see how wide the Detroit River was in 1701, Chuck. There's been an awful lot of landfill on both sides in the last 300 years that has narrowed it. And Belle Isle would sure look different, too. Bet the water would be crystal clear.
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Chuckjav
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Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2008 - 3:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ray1936....Yes - the cool clear waters; can you imagine the fishing, the hunting...and fertile soil.

After a few months, I'd head north to Copper Country; stake a claim for some serious placer nuggets and boulders.
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Reddog289
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 2:27 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

and you get to buy land out in the burbs dirt cheap.
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Kahnman
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 3:21 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

And just think, the "urban prairie" would just be the "prairie"...
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Bobceng
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 10:48 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah, you could become the King of Melvindale, Ecorse, River Rouge, Rockwood, your choice!
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Mackinaw
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 11:00 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

1950 had plenty of social problems, but I'd want to be there just to take in what Detroit was like at its mostly highly functioning level, with transit, density, and a downtown that was the center of everything. And I could also protest "urban renewal" and the highway projects.

That said, let's live for today and make Detroit better in 2050.
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Thegryphon
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 11:43 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

1940s all the way
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Otter
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 1:00 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would love to be able to visit Detroit in 1950 - I find the midcentury modern era interesting in many ways - but 2050 beats all. I wanna see the future! It's all about the future, baby!
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Bobceng
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 1:55 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

OK, I'll give them 'til 2050; by that time I'll be 98. If they don't get it together by then, I'm outta' here.
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Gaz
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 2:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would choose Detroit's future. I think that it will be better than ever.
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Gistok
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 2:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would pick the 1940's to visit some of Detroit's now vanished movie palaces... the old Mayanesque style Fisher, the Hollywood, the Grand Riviera, the Downtown RKO, and the Madison. And of course I would like to have seen the National, the Michigan and the United Artists before their ruinous state.
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Rax
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 3:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think I'd go back to like 1986. I think that might be the most interesting time of all.
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Chris_rohn
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 3:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

1870's. Run for mayor. Win.

Lobby the state for the nation's first "green belt" with a radius of 10 miles to 50 miles from Campus Maritus. After all, its all timber/farmland anyway.

Return to 2008 and see how awesome it is.

(Message edited by chris_rohn on May 02, 2008)
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Mschievous
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 3:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Be nice if we could go back to the 50s, make a few changes and see how they'd affect us now.

I'd love to experience Detroit neighborhoods again before Dutch Elm disease took over those beautiful trees. I remember walking to school, caterpillars and worms all over the sidewalks and streets in the spring. Remember when we had to identify the different trees in the city by picking various leaves? Remember raking and burning the leaves in the neighborhood and how wonderful it all smelled? Driving down the Blvd under the bridge that said "do not blow horn", with your father blowing the horn as you went onto Belle Isle? I wouldn't want to experience the race issues we had then but I do have a certain amount of nostaligia for that era.


And how do you spell nostalgia, anyway?
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Retroit
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 8:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'd pick any time in the first 3 decades of the 20th Century. Detroit was booming: went from 13th largest city in America to 4th, dozens of car manufacturers, hundreds of auto suppliers, downtown buildings growing ever higher, no city/suburb animosity. True, there was racial discrimination unfortunately, but not the racial tension/upheavals that later came to define Detroit.
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Sludgedaddy
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Posted on Friday, May 02, 2008 - 10:50 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sherman, Set the Wayback Machine to Detroit of the early 1960's.....White Castle Pimp Steaks went for 12 cents a pop.
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Reddog289
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Posted on Saturday, May 03, 2008 - 3:39 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i,m a car guy so i,d have to pick somewhere between the 1955 and 1970. could stash parts for my 65 comet and parts for older cars, would love to see the production line at the olympia, or Al Kaline at Briggs. or even better the 57 Lions WORLD CHAMPS. Good idea but don,t mess up the space time deal.
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Swede1934
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Posted on Saturday, May 03, 2008 - 6:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It would be fun to go back to 1951 and the 250th anniversary bash. The free shows in GCP, the HUGE parade down Woodward and Jefferson, and the airshow at DTW.

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