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Old Posted Dec 11, 2006, 7:18 AM
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USA Sprawl Festival continued: Detroit

Link to the first thread in this series.
USA Sprawl Festival

Or, click on the following links to see just individual cities in that thread:

Kansas City
Some northern Denver suburbs
Albuquerque
Seattle
Las Vegas
Dallas-Fort Worth
Some western & southern Minneapolis suburbs
Orange County, California
Philadelphia
Tucson
Orlando
Northern Virginia/DC
Cleveland
Houston
Atlanta
Indianapolis
Long Island, New York
Jacksonville
Boston

And the 2nd round ones:

Phoenix-East
Phoenix-South
Phoenix-North
Phoenix-West
Portland
Silicon Valley
Los Angeles
San Bernardino County
San Diego - south
San Diego - north
Buffalo
Broward County, Florida
Dallas-Fort Worth II
Riverside County, California
Denver - south suburbs
Orange County II
Bergen and Passaic Counties, New Jersey
Milwaukee
Columbus
El Paso, with some Juarez
San Antonio

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DETROIT

Windows Live Local only had suburban Detroit coverage starting roughly at Novi and Farmington Hills and going southward, so all of these pictures are of Detroit's western suburbs.







Dunno what this was, but it looked pretty cool so I included it.








Looks pretty nice for a trailer park,




Older sprawl.








Nice new townhouses.






There's a lot of lakes and ponds here (as in photos above, too). In a way it's almost like Florida.




Big factory.




The requisite business/industrial park. Part of the sprawl.




Some non-sprawl, for comparison.


Semi-rural sprawl. There's no clear line between the suburbs and the rural areas around here. They just *very* gradually faded into one another.


Newer houses around Detroit seem to like these really peaky roofs.


More lakes and wetlands.




And still more lakes. Actually these look like very large detention ponds.


Sprawl? Or rural?


Semi-sprawl.






Fore!


Some older not-very-sprawly development with some new infill being built.


If Detroit had a Levittown, this is what it would look like.






The future is now!




Another non-sprawl shot to break the monotony.




And yet another not-really-sprawl pic just for the heck of it.
Actually the streetside commercial area in this pic and one of the ones above is fairly auto-oriented, when you get down to it. Though I'm sure it wasn't originally that way.




This one should get an award.


Office park.


More peaky roofs on McMansions.




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Old Posted Dec 11, 2006, 7:42 AM
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It sucks that every aerial shot ever taken of Metro Detroit seems to be taken in fall or winter. lol

I'd wish this could go more into Oakland County and include Macomb County to show some of the diversity of the sprawl and non-sprawl. The Woodward Corridor would be particularly interesting to see from the air. Western Wayne is rather homogonized in its sprawl.

BTW, were any of the Downriver (southern river suburbs) Communities included in Local Live?
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BTW, were any of the Downriver (southern river suburbs) Communities included in Local Live?
I ventured down near the airport and a bit southward for some of these shots, but that's as far south as I got. I seem to recall their coverage stopped around there, but my memory could be scetchy on that.
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A lot of those made me gag

BTW, How do you save an image from live local ? Because I can't just right click and save like other pics, and I've tried different things but nothing works.
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Some of those look like inner city Toledo.

For shame Detroit! For shame!
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Yep looks like sprawl.

But not surprisingly, it doesn't look that different from the 40 other sprawl threads you have listed.
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Yep looks like sprawl.

But not surprisingly, it doesn't look that different from the 40 other sprawl threads you have listed.
Actually there is one pretty big difference. Driveways. All the exurban sprawl in the east/central makes it seem like there's a fire sale on concrete over there. In the western cities there's more of a tendency the garage to open directly at the street.
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It sucks that every aerial shot ever taken of Metro Detroit seems to be taken in fall or winter. lol
It makes some areas look very, very desolate, and i hate that as well.

I see Bond missed Taylor-tucky. He sure didn't missed Canton or Novi though

what a **ckin waste. Almost every lake up there is surrounded by these beasts.



For the record, besides Taylor, which is a joke, almost all of downriver is very economical, and even semi-urban sorta like this.

Thats an aerial of Allen Park.

However, Western Wayne County is by far the worst.

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This seems like the only place other than Seattle so far that has trees and plants in the middle of some of their cul-de-sacs.
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Yeah, Ill. I hate that he could only show western Wayne. If I had to live in Sprawl, it definitely wouldn't be in western Wayne.
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A lot of those made me gag

BTW, How do you save an image from live local ? Because I can't just right click and save like other pics, and I've tried different things but nothing works.
Use the "Print Screen" key (just to the right of your F12 key), then open a blank Paint document and go Edit->Paste. After I do that I select a sub-area within the image to keep out all the directional arrows, scale and other stuff that Windows Live Local puts on its images, and then select Edit->Copy. Then I close the Paint document without saving it, then re-open it again, and then Edit->Paste the newly saved image.
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Use the "Print Screen" key (just to the right of your F12 key), then open a blank Paint document and go Edit->Paste. After I do that I select a sub-area within the image to keep out all the directional arrows, scale and other stuff that Windows Live Local puts on its images, and then select Edit->Copy. Then I close the Paint document without saving it, then re-open it again, and then Edit->Paste the newly saved image.
Thanks, I'll try that.
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I tried it and it worked Thanks

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I continue to love this series.
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Use the "Print Screen" key (just to the right of your F12 key), then open a blank Paint document and go Edit->Paste. After I do that I select a sub-area within the image to keep out all the directional arrows, scale and other stuff that Windows Live Local puts on its images, and then select Edit->Copy. Then I close the Paint document without saving it, then re-open it again, and then Edit->Paste the newly saved image.
John, when you paste the screen capture into paint, you have the ability to move it around. So all you have to do is position the top and left margins where you want them, click somewhere outside the pasted area to finalize the paste, then drag the right and bottom margins (using the little blue dot in the middle of each of those sides) until you have them where you want them and save the final image. No need to close and reopen paint. In fact, if all your images are going to be the same size, then click on Image > Attributes to find the width and height of the first image, and once you've set the top and left margins of subsequent images, go to Image > Attributes and enter the width and height from the first image, and you're finished.

BTW, I've enjoyed your sprawl series.
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Yep looks like sprawl.

But not surprisingly, it doesn't look that different from the 40 other sprawl threads you have listed.
Look at the threads of South Florida, Detroit, Phoenix, Denver, Seattle, Boston, and Houston... this sprawl from metro to metro is easily distinguishable and does not look alike. It may be equally monotonous within its metro, but it sure isn't monotonous across the country.
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John, when you paste the screen capture into paint, you have the ability to move it around. So all you have to do is position the top and left margins where you want them, click somewhere outside the pasted area to finalize the paste, then drag the right and bottom margins (using the little blue dot in the middle of each of those sides) until you have them where you want them and save the final image. No need to close and reopen paint. In fact, if all your images are going to be the same size, then click on Image > Attributes to find the width and height of the first image, and once you've set the top and left margins of subsequent images, go to Image > Attributes and enter the width and height from the first image, and you're finished.

BTW, I've enjoyed your sprawl series.
Thanks Randy, I've actually done something like that for a few of my shots. But for most it's more work than it's worth. Most of them are good-enough as-is.

Anyway thanks for the compliment.
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All of Downriver is covered by Bird's Eye View.

Trenton


Lincoln Park


Allen Park


Woodhaven


Gibraltar


Brownstown TWP



Flat Rock



Huron TWP



Southgate



Taylor
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i didn't recognize anything. Then again recognizing sprawl may be an oxymoron.
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