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1 Million Views For My Youtube Video, "A Tour Of Detroit’s Ghetto"

I just logged into my youtube account and realized that my original Detroit ghetto video, “A Tour Of Detroit’s Ghetto”, has reached 1 million views! To be honest, I haven’t been keeping up with my youtube videos or this blog as much as I used to, but I thought that 1 million views is worthy of an update here.  Here’s a link to the video, but if you follow this blog at all, you’ve already seen it.

 

 

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3-30-2010 Update

I just wanted to give you guys an update on the next Detroit Ghetto video. The truth is, I haven’t even transferred the video from my camcorder to my computer yet. The last few months have been a blur with the death of my mother and now a cross-country move is fast approaching. I am in the process of selling my house in Florida and will be moving back to the Detroit area in mid April of this year. Hopefully this move will be as temporary as possible, I don’t want to have to be up there any longer than I have to. I love the Michigan summers but the rest of the year I personally find very dismal and depressing… cold weather and gray skies for 8 months out of the year just doesn’t do it for me.

This video will get done eventually, it just hasn’t been a priority for me lately.

I will leave you with this though:

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That’s right… Obama Gas”. I took these pictures while filming part 4 this past December. Only in Detroit!

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A Tour Of Detroit’s Ghetto: Part 4 Update

I just wanted to give everyone an update on the next Detroit ghetto video. I filmed it last week and got some great footage, and also tracked the route on my GPS which will hopefully (providing I am able to figure it out, editing KML files is new to me) be turned into a google earth tour so that you can see where exactly I went. I got some footage in the Packard plant as well as an abandoned high school, in addition to the usual residential devastation.

I really don’t know when I will be able to find the time and motivation to edit it all as I lost my mother on New Year’s Day, just hours before I was supposed to fly back home. It’s been an incredibly tough time for me this past week and to be honest, editing this video is not ranking real high on my list of priorities at the moment, I’m sure you all understand. I just wanted to say that it has been filmed and I will get it up here as soon as I can.

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Detroit Statistics That Will Shock You!

Believe it or not, there are a few people out there who actually think Detroit is a great place to live. I’m not talking about the metro area, but the actual city of Detroit itself… crazy, right? They tell me what a great history the city has, and how it’s got lots of culture and life… that may be, I don’t argue that. Heck, every major city on the planet his it’s own culture and way of life, that’s how big cities work. But, I can tell you what most major cities in America DON’T have:

80,000 abandoned buildings
75 out of Detroit’s 135 square miles are abandoned, and area larger than the entire city of Vancouver
1 in 47 are homeless
Median home price is $6,000
Unemployment is officially 29%, but is estimated at near 50%
Unsolved murder rate 70%
Lowest high school graduation rate in he country, only 21%

Are these the kind of things that define a great city? Would you want to raise your family in this type of environment? Of course not. That’s why everyone who can afford to do so is leaving the city and not looking back. And don’t blame this on jobs, there were plenty of jobs available in the 60’s during the riots. People didn’t flee Detroit in record numbers because they didn’t have a job, they left because they no longer felt safe.

FYI, I am not going to bother listing the sources of this information… a simple google search on any of the above FACTS will provide all the proof you need. Feel free to post your crazy Detroit statistics as a comment and I will add them to this post, as there are undoubtedly tons more.

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