Finally, nearly 2 years after most of it was filmed, I have gotten around to getting this video done. As mentioned before, I had some issues with my new computer, and was not able to transfer the footage from my ancient camcorder on to my hard drive. Well, I could transfer it, but the quality was shit. A few weeks ago I visited a buddy of mine who transferred the footage onto an external HDD using his computer and this worked, the quality of the footage was completely intact.
I have just finished editing the whole video and it looks great, I think you will all like it. One thing I did this time around was try to pack in as many clips as possible, and minimize time that is wasted from excessively long scenes, and sped up slow moving shots. I have a few final touches to make, and then it will be uploaded to youtube and posted here. So keep an eye out for it in the next day or two!
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.
I recently heard that Detroit had one of the tallest abandoned buildings on the planet, and after a quick google search, I confirmed it. The Broderick Tower ranks as the 6th tallest abandoned structure on Earth at 35 floors, or 369 ft. Also in Detroit is the infamous Packard Plant, one of the largest abandoned buildings in the word in terms of square footage at 3.5 million sq/ft. Read the rest here:
I was watching the news last night when an interesting story about Detroit’s 911 call center came on. The following was taken from myfoxdetroit.com:
Inside Detroit’s 911 Call Center
By SIMON SHAYKHET
DETROIT – Most people will never get to see the inside of the Detroit 911 call center. So, what really happens when you call 911 from your phone? We’re asking the tough questions.
It can feel like a roller coaster. Thousands of calls for help pouring in every day.
“In 45 minutes, I’ve gotten a hundred calls,” said Annette Day.
She is one of the best. Day is also one of 16 to 20 working during a typical shift at the call center, which averages 1.7-million calls each year.
“I believe we have made several improvements over the past couple years, and we’ll continue to,” said Detroit Police Commander Russell Decrease.
The improvements, such as quality monitoring, come at a time of tough criticism; citizen reports of hour long waits and being placed on hold.
However, ask these workers and you get a different story. Their numbers show only 30-percent of the calls they get are actual emergencies. As for the rest…
“Of those 70-percent, over half of them are prank calls,” Decrease said.
Also, factor in the false alarms coming from businesses. Then consider a call on a stolen car competing with danger to human life.
“Every time another run comes in where somebody’s life or safety is in danger, that run is going to wait longer,” said Decrease. “If somebody gets the recording, they will hang up. When they hang up, they don’t realize that they instantly go to the back of the line again.”
“We do care about them. We are working hard here to help service them and get them the help they need,” Day said.
However, she admits they need more hands on deck.
“We don’t have enough operators. We don’t have enough police or EMS (techs),” said Day.
The city is hiring 15 more operators this month. They still claim a two to three minute dispatch time for life threatening calls, and less than ten minutes from that to a unit on scene anywhere.