not all those who wander are lost

I had to make it all the way downtown before work yesterday – and that was crazy. It was only Monday but already chaos insued in the Martial Law Football Zone.

I was transferring the Motown documents that I rescued after and during the demolition of the Donovan Building to the possession of the Detroit Public Library Special Collections director, Mark. He was as happy to recieve them as I was to donate them. They are now officially part of the DPL, here in Detroit, where they belong. Needless to say I was contacted by a wide variety of institutions, but never in my mind for one second did I consider putting these documents in any other collection. They are now happy and safe and will be cared for with love and expertise.

A few years ago when I was in the building I picked up a few crazy momentos. A doorknob, a few fan letters, a container for a Honeywell tape reel. That stuff I guess I’ll keep.

I did learn a valuable lesson during this whole thing about the American media machine. Its all about entertainment, and I’ll never look at any of it the same again.

The Fox Theater is all tarted up for the event – with its tower refurbished with garish computer controlled lighted letters. Stare at it too long while youre on the expressway and youll end up plastered into the sidewall.

That sign was originally up there back in the day – and the towers been sitting up there all this time.


superbowl bash

Thats an odd prioritization.

Heres the entryway on Montcalm to the stadium.

And heres the friendly welcome signage !

Woodward closed at Grand Circus Park

Piles of barricades waiting to lock up the rest of the City.

These individuals are not any of the chosen ones who are fortunate enough to be standing in line for the Super Bowl.

They are simply waiting for a bowl of soup.

9 Responses to Bowl of Soup XL

  • Oh, just fyi, being a photographer myelf I have to comment on that very first pic at the top.

    Thats an amazing shot of downtown.
    You happened to catch the perfect weather for the perfect shot.
    Makes home look like home.

  • I can’t beliee the stupidity of the Politicians in Detroit.
    We left in the 80’s and back then Detroit was still a thriving city with great opportunities.

    My god, give a fool a little power and they destroy a complete history.

    If you don’t get rid of the casinos, Detroit will completely die.

    Thank you for preserving the Detroit we all once knew.
    I enjoy your site as it brings back memories of the way it used to be.

    Walter Pantovic

  • wonderful site, amazing pictures of the city. you show it in a way nobody else can

  • Wow, that last shot and caption really moved me…

    Wonder how many bowls of soup we could have provided with the money spent to light up vacant buildings and other fakery around town?

    I’m going to blog it to share with some of my friends, if that’s OK… Credit will be given with a link back to your site, of course!

  • i agree,that first photo posted looks almost like a painting! Great hazy background to boot! Very nice job, Patty would be proud! HaHaHa!

  • dFunk, glad you are back! Your first pic, in particular, is incredible! Looks like a picture postcard–maybe you should print them and sell them to the out-o-townies! I am NOT kidding!

  • I’m glad to see these are going to a worthy institution. As you’ve seen, our media heritage is fragile. Corporations, the owners of most 20th century audio and video creations often think nothing about dumping their “assets.”

  • Great post.

    You don’t (at least I didn’t) really think about all the difficulties regular folks in the Super Bowl host city endure. On the behalf of folks in outstate Michigan who are really hoping that sbXL brings great things for the state, thanks!

  • haha, excellent spin on words for that last pic! i wonder if they’ll show scenes like THAT on ESPN? for all the “work” the city did getting all pretty for the out of towners, the national cameras and media better give some praise, dammit.