A TALE OF TWO CITIES OVER 67 YEARS


bruce white shirtThis is a photo essay of contrasts and similarities between two cities. One is very close to where I live, and I pass through or visit regularly.  The other city is half a world away, and I’ll probably never visit.  I have a odd connection with the most notable date below, though. By coincidence my birthday is August 6, 1938.

The Japanese post 1945 photos were mislabeled.  They actually are of Yokohama today rather than Hiroshama. Yokohama was and is a much larger city. it was extensively fire bombed in WWII, but not atom bombed.  Present day Hiroshama is rebuilt in much the same fashion as Yokohama, but not nearly as glitzy. The essence of the story remains correct, regardless of the photo error.

1945 in Detroit, then the Arsenal of Democracy. 1945 Tiger World Series hat. They really did win that year.

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1945 Willow Run bomber plant – view toward Detroit midtown.

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Hiroshima pre- August 6, 1945
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August 6, 1945

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Hiroshima aftermath

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2009   Hiroshima today

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2009 Detroit today.  Less than one half the population of  1945.

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CAN YOU TELL WHICH CITY PROSPERED IN THE LONG RUN?

The Tigers, at least, were in a pennant race in 2009 and the World Series in  2012.  Detroit continues to decrease in population. It has gone down from over 2,000,000 to less than 700,000. As of today, its former Mayor K. Kilpatrick (convicted on 24 counts, including racketeering)  is on federal trial for various corruption charges while the current mayor Dave Bing, former Detroit Piston basketball player and successful steel company owner struggles to avoid a city bankruptcy.  Detroit city council seems to fight him on every item.

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5 Responses to A TALE OF TWO CITIES OVER 67 YEARS

  1. Sugar says:

    very graphic pics.

  2. doubter says:

    I believe these pictures are of Tokyo, not Hiroshima.

    • I learned after I posted that several of the photos are of Yokohama rather than Hiroshima. Fortunately, when one looks at present day Hiroshima, while not quite so glitzy it has developed very well.

  3. Rune says:

    The picture of Hiroshima is taken from the tallest building in the city; practically from the air, at night, in full lighting and angled to show the entire city.

    Furthermore, it’s a picture of Yokohama, not Hiroshima.

    Hundreds of thousands of people died, were crippled, lost their homes or lost loved ones on August 6th, 1945 and the following months. That’s 30 to 60 times worse than 9/11. Then comes Nagasaki.

    The picture of Detroit is taken on street level, in the day, and is aimed at a single, old building.

    Since 1950, production in Detroit has declined due to technology advancing and its not having kept up, to the advantage of other cities with modern technologies. This has nothing to do with welfare programs; it’s more caused by market economy.

    In the meantime, numerous other cities with pretty extensive welfare programs (London, Paris, Hamburg, Munich, Berlin, Milano, Stockholm, Hiroshima) are doing rather well for themselves.

    If you’re going to argue against socialism, please take the effort to not make a complete and total ass out of yourself.

    • As I say in the post, the pictures are of Yokohama, not Hiroshima. As for Detroit, it is true that technology plays a part. In my opinion, having lived in the area for decades, Detroit’s internal problems can be laid at corrupt and selfish governance which has afflicted the city most of the years after WWII.

      If you are going to find fault, the least you could have done is read the entire post so as to not make a complete ass of yourself..

      By the way, the picture of the Detroit houses – I have driven through a number of neighborhoods which look exactly like the desolation shown. In present day Detroit, at least Mayor
      Bing today is really trying the solve Detroit’s problems. He is the only mayor except for Archer, who has wrestled with Detroit’s current problems in recent decades.

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