Unless you find yourself a native of Detroit or the city's surrounding precincts, you may have an image of the metropolis as a hive of decay. We can hardly blame you. The media and visitors alike love nothing more than to feast their lenses on the area's decaying underbelly, but it's far from all bad – there are many pockets of the Motor City that are undergoing bona-fide revivals. Detroit was built on the back of the automobile, so it's ironic that the automobile arguably sparked the city's undoing – even before the industry nosedived. That's because the mass production of cars led to them being affordable to everyday people, which in turn led to suburbanization, a move that eventually stripped much of Detroit's core.

Of course, Detroit's 'ruin porn' certainly has a photogenic aspect, and YouTube user Tretch5000 seems know that fact all too well. The master quadrocopter pilot strapped an HD camera to his remote-control flying machine and proceeded to film both the good and bad sides of The D.

With a little bit of clever editing we get to see the area's tired industrial ruins and its once-mighty Michigan Central train station juxtaposed against the greenery of Belle Isle and just about everything in between. It's a unique perspective on a still-iconic part of America's automotive heartland. Take a look at the video for yourself below.



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      robert
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you liked this this video you MUST visit the 'Forgotten Detroit" site ! It has Fantastic pics of ruins and successes such as the Fox theater and Book Cadillac hotel. I wander though goggle street view all the time.
      Michael Scherping
      • 2 Years Ago
      Plus, Detroit will still have the Volt technology and Fusion Electric/Focus Electric and such to satisfy the growing hippy population. That tech will no doubt become more popular as lithium ion batteries have decreased in price by 70% already due to their becoming more common place. Then it's just in-sourcing jobs that were out-sourced to China and Mexico and bringing them back home.
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      I liked the quad shooting it's own shadow. amazing tech age we live in.
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Michigan Central train station is some of the best American architecture ever. Canadians and Mexicans build "American" cars and few people ride trains. I hope they can find a real future use for it.
      Cursethedawn
      • 2 Years Ago
      I drive between the States and Canada many times a year and I go through Port Huron just to avoid Detroit.
      wrestleprocbt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like a lot of history there that is going to ruin and never will be appreciated. Hopefully the economy will pick up and money can be spent to revitalize some of those brown areas and bring more people back. I have always wanted to go tour the car plants ever since I was little. No real desire anymore. Well, maybe a Ford plant, but def not a Gov't Motors or Chrysler plant.
        Jerry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wrestleprocbt
        I think Ford still does Rouge River Plant tours...
      Oscar
      • 2 Years Ago
      "the mass production of cars led to them being affordable to everyday people, which in turn led to suburbanization, a move that eventually stripped much of Detroit's core." Right. Because EVERY city in the US went from a population of two million in 1950 to a population of 714,000 in 2011. It couldn't possibly be crappy leadership that brought the once wealthiest city on Earth that low.
      Doug Utz
      • 2 Years Ago
      It really is sad that the majority see the rot and decay and they don't see the many good sides of the city.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 2 Years Ago
      They found a couple of bodies in the lake in Detroit today with ho heads, hands or feet, surprised the drone did not catch that. Michigan should be the greatest state and Detroit the greatest city, but idiots populate it and run it. How is it possible to have 3 sides of gorgeous clean water, great golf courses, a good climate, border Canada and basically Chicago and be less than half a day's drive from NYC and Washington D.C. and still end up as one of the worst places in the country. Such a shame to see such a beautiful place wasted.
        OnTheRocks
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        Michigan really is a beautiful state, with a lot of great things to offer. Just a few small blemishes here and, well mostly there.
        Nathan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Wayne
        I'd hold off on calling their climate good. I live on the other side of Lake Michigan, and have been to Mi many times; in winter (from around Nov to early March) the climate is crap. The same is true for other Northern MidWestern states.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Lunch
      • 2 Years Ago
      Deetroit has their heyday and it's now a deadman city. This is normal for a city that relies on one product. The product gets made elsewhere and the city dies. Just a normal day. The city will never come back to its former glory. Them days are long gone, helped of course by the UAW. They over reached and it did them in.
        rlog100
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lunch
        The city became like this with UAW membership was still at its peak and the US still had most of the car marketshare. But don't let the truth stop you.
        Jerry
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lunch
        You are forget to mention the massive amounts of outsourcing. The last 20 years of shipping everything overseas has done more damage than the UAW did in the last 40 years.
          A P
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jerry
          Over taxation needed by big government give away programs doomed Detroit, period. Nobody can afford to live there or start a business.....DUH
      RGT881
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fantastic video. Bloomberg also did a piece on Detroit earlier today. Props to Bing for steering the city in right direction.
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