Post Number: 13
|Posted on Monday, May 12, 2008 - 12:53 pm: || |
i was checking out the pictures of the ruins of detroit,and the history information.it seems like there are so many,detroit could have been a ghost town,especially with all the people we lost and the vacant buildings.to add to the vacant buildings,the empty public schools and some catholic schools have now been closing.some of the worse neighborhoods only have a few houses with few stores in the neighborhood.
Post Number: 2110
|Posted on Monday, May 12, 2008 - 8:11 pm: || |
I've noticed a sharp decrease in traffic volume around the busier thoroughfares (even during rush hour).
(Message edited by DetroitRise on May 12, 2008)
Post Number: 80
|Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 5:41 pm: || |
Ladia, I'm afraid it's much worse than a ghost town: people actually still (have to) live here!
Post Number: 647
|Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 5:42 pm: || |
Whatever happened to that "this thread is DUMB" graphic? This would be a perfect use for it.
Post Number: 235
|Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 5:59 pm: || |
If you want to see a real ghost town, head out to New Mexico. There’s quite a few completely abandoned settlements where the population consists of tumbleweeds and spiders. (When the village limits signs start listing elevation instead of population, you know you’re in trouble!)
Post Number: 648
|Posted on Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 6:58 pm: || |
That's the interesting thing about the Southwest--because of the blast-furnace climate, abandoned settlements, even poorly-built ones, seem to last just about forever out there. Most ghost towns in Michigan consist of a few foundations in the woods and not much else. The fact that Michigan was settled much earlier probably has something to do with it too.
(Message edited by BearInABox on May 13, 2008)
Post Number: 195
|Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2008 - 7:11 pm: || |
Roy Dodge, author of 'Michigan Ghost Towns', Vol. I, II, & III, defines ghost towns as a 'faint semblance' of their original form.
Because almost all of Michigan's ghost towns arose around lumbering operations, the towns that died after the lumber ran out either were abandoned or dismantled and moved. Probably the best known surviving ghost town in Michigan is Fayette, on the north shore of Lake Michigan. Here is a website with great pictures:
Fayette, and its stunning harbor, is something to see. There is a beautiful state park campground there, as well. The Keewenaw peninsula has a few standing ghost towns, such as Mandan, but the buildings are usually privately owned and used as summer places.