Thursday, March 12, 2009

DPS Book Depository Building

This is a picture of the Detr0it Public Schools B00k depository building I took on the way downtown last week. It's not a very good picture, but it's not a very attractive building, either.

Now it's not uncommon to see empty and abandoned buildings in the inner city. They're all over the place. But this particular building to me seems to personify everything that is wrong with the city of Detroit. Greed and mismanagement.

This building was used as a warehouse for the school supplies for the public schools. In 1987 there was a fire and subsequently the DPS abandoned the building. The sad thing was that they left millions of dollers of supplies in the building to rot. Alot of the supplies were damaged by water, but the majorith of them were not damaged and still usable.

One local blogger did a post about what happened and you can see the full story here

It's just so sad.

Tomorrow we are going to Mexican Village to celebrate my dad's 77th birthday. Then on Saturday, Rich and I are going to Mt. Pleasant for a little overnight getaway. We will be celebrating our 32nd wedding anniversary on the 18th.

In just a few more entries and I will have my 200th post.

I am planning a special one and my first giveaway!


Sally said...

Oh, that IS sad, isn't it? It's amazing what people do or don't do these days. I abhor abandonment of all kinds!

Did I ever tell you my dad's father lived in Detroit; yep, my dad would hop a train near Wickliffe, Ky (where he and my grandmother lived) and go to visit Grandfather. That would have been in or around l929-1930. My dad loved telling that story, and also that he was born on his dad's same birthday August 13.

Happy Birthday to YOUR dad, and I have to tell you, you and Rich were married on my birthday. Yep. So Happy Anniversary to you two!!

Enjoy your weekend, Jeanette! (HUGS)

Donna said...

That is a sad story about waste. It seems that the more we have, the less that we cherish it.

Happy birthday to your dad and congratulations on your upcoming anniversary! Looking forward to your 200th post and giveaway, LOL.

Brenda said...

Happy Birthday Jeanette's Dad!!
And Happy Anniversary to you and hubby!

It's so sad that they let the books and supplies just sit there and ruin. So many families could have used them rather than to just abandon them if the schools didn't receive them.

Judy said...

Have a great time in Mt. Pleasant--hope you win. Happy Anniversary too and Kudos to your Dad.