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Pulitzer Prize Reporter Golfs The Streets Of Detroit

Interesting piece.  This is NOT about golf.

Start watching somewhere in the middle of the clip.

Former Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist for the New York Times, now local Detroit Fox 2 reporter Charlie LeDuff golfs the streets of Detroit from 8 Mile Road to Belle Isle, in an attempt to learn more about the city and its people.

Broadcast in Detroit on July 2, 2012.



This is a better clip:

Meet The Man Who Lives In Detroit's Abandoned Packard Auto Plant



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Reader Comments (9)

Golfing thru the Packard Plant was a hell of a sight.
Nov 30, 2012 at 11:55 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
DB. Just a great piece here. So much apprieciated. Thanks.
Nov 30, 2012 at 4:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Glad you enjoyed it. Excellent stuff, agreed.
Nov 30, 2012 at 4:19 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
At what point did Detroit decide that without corporations and government, noone could get anything done themselves?
Dec 1, 2012 at 2:18 AM | Unregistered CommenterOzymandias
I grew up in Detroit in the 50"s It was a great place. The history of the destruction of one of Americas greatest cities is but a precursor of America. I believe Detroit is what all of America will look like in 20 years. Poor, desolate and a third world country. China is now the center of Manufacturing build by America businesses who were looking at the bottom line and forgot about the people. The world trade organization and the establishment of the corporate entity destroyed America and the western world as we know it.
Dec 1, 2012 at 6:09 AM | Unregistered Commentermashall clark
I was born in Detroit. My Dad was doing his residency at Detroit Mercy Hospital in the late 60s, so we lived there for a few years. I went back last Summer to see a few Tigers games before heading to the Upper Peninsula. The downtown is still ok, though was pretty empty. The only hope for Detroit is to destroy tens of thousands of homes and reestablish neighborhoods where services can be provided.

At the peak it was 1.5 million and still has 750,000 residents. Should be around 500,000, but with welfare and other services, people are slow to leave. In the old days before unemployment benefits, Detroit would have shrunk much more quickly, as people would have been forced to move for jobs. Now, they linger for decades.
Dec 1, 2012 at 9:04 AM | Unregistered CommenterThe Verve
Wow, looking at Detroit was like watching the opening scenes of Revolution. Good eye-opener.
Dec 1, 2012 at 9:32 AM | Unregistered CommenterAnon
The Abandoned City of Detroit - Photography

Dec 12, 2012 at 1:39 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
I left metro Detroit in 2008 for a job in the Upper Peninsula. I miss it a lot...especiall the downtown. I was raised in the UP and lived in metro Detroit for 27 years (1981-2008). I was in my mid-twenties when I arrived and my early fifties when I left...still own a home in the suburbs which I rent...can't sell the place (luckily have a great renter...some aren't so lucky). Although the city was in decline when I got there in '81, it still had people and some business going on. I watched the decay...the people leaving over the next 2 and a half decades...so sad. You can blame the incompetent and corrupt officials, white (and black) flight, bussing in the 60's...all had something to do with it. At this point it probably doesn't matter anymore. How can you restore something so grossly debilitated...so destroyed? I believe Coleman Young was THE WORST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO DETROIT. He divided the city against the suburbs and fostered racisim for his entire term. He was also a corrupt egomaniac...but he knew how to speak "the language" and the residents of Detroit have idolized his memory which is completely undeserved. The state "manager" won't make any difference and they'll eventually determine that it's just as well to take their chances with a full bankruptcy. The future of Detroit?...the patient is critical folks...nothing left to work with...such a shame for such a once-proud city.
Mar 18, 2013 at 7:41 AM | Unregistered CommenterMissingDetroit...

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