Sunday, October 20, 2013

Paleofuture Detroit

Non-sequitur to a large degree, but for a Sunday morning this works  With last week's PG theme of how Pittsburgh avoided being Detroit I caught this film of Detroit's future (circa 1965). Some dangerous hubris in how the PG framed all of that.  Plenty of municipalities in Southwestern Pennsylvania in as much duress as Detroit is today, and have been for decades.  Still, if anyone wants to draw simple parallels, was Detroit's path all that different from Pittsburgh in the era when this video was made?

Key phrases in there include "Planning with a purpose," but plenty of other Pittsburgh analogies could be made if you want to parse it in detail...   also note that Detroit was so optimistic.  The Prelinger archives which I presume is where this video comes from (but which I can't find a way to embed from) implies this video is part of a pitch for Detroit to attact the Olympics. Note that link has the full video, not just the first 10 minutes.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course they're optimistic - 1968 had not happened yet.

Monday, October 21, 2013 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger JRoth said...

I've actually seen a portion of this video a number of times before.

Thursday, October 24, 2013 6:10:00 PM  

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