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Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life


This week’s WordPress photo challenge is “Street Life.”  I went down to Detroit this morning and parked near Greektown, hoping for something.  But the light wasn’t great in Greektown itself, so I was wandering back to my car when I saw the towers of General Motors combined with the People Mover track overhead, the red brick factories converted to shops and lofts, and the tourists walking below.

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I liked it, so I stood in the middle of the empty street and shot it.

Also on the way back to the car I saw a man, maybe Niki himself, standing outside a Greek pizza parlor…

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…and unfortunately, a couple of homeless people sleeping near a grate.

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Combined, these images show a version of the streets in the city of Detroit.  There’s much more, of course, to this city – – much that is less photogenic.  I saw some of that too but was not comfortable enough to stop.  It reminded me that those of us out in the suburbs, in the country, driving our big SUVs, mowing our lawns, shopping in our trendy stores, have no idea what life is really like just a few miles down the road.

So that’s my street life submission.  You can see a few of my favorites here, here and here.  What does the street life in your part of the world look like?  I’d be interested, and there’s plenty of time.  You can post your images till next Friday at the WordPress site here.

I love how these challenges take us all over the world.



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Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

27 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

  1. Great pictures. How can anyone survive being homeless in Detroit? Between the arctic cold and violence, I don’t know how they endure…


  2. Your choices of Detroit street life are very good – I think you found some of the nicer parts of the city, with, of course, he exception of the sleeping homeless. Sometimes reality is ugly, isn’t it? We lived between Ann Arbor and Detroit a very long time ago – probably around 40 years ago. Ann Arbor was lovely – Detroit not so much, although I spent little time there. I remember one trip in for dinner at a Greek restaurant, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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  3. Well done, Dawn. Quite a cross section of street life. Street life here would be boring by comparison. Just a mostly empty road leading to more mostly empty roads.


    • My other option was to stick closer to home and photograph dirt roads leading to other dirt roads leading to country roads leading nowhere. That could have been interesting too in an entirely different way. But I’ve shown you all our roads before and wanted to do something different.


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  5. Thanks Dawn we enjoyed looking at your photo’s too. It’s a sad fact it’s not only in your part of the world there are people who sleep on the streets.


  6. Great photo, Dawn! It always saddens me to realize just how many homeless people there are — and what a miserable winter they’ve had in Detroit. If we think the cold and snow has been awful — we who live in warm, comfortable houses — what must it be like on the streets? Thanks for a sobering post.


  7. Sad to see the homeless people, but your photo is thought provoking. You did show us all sides of the city …. shiny buildings and the grittiness.

    I should take some shots of the city where i teach. There’s some really cool stuff there. If I were a better parallel parker I’d go downtown more often.


  8. Thank you for the link Dawn, it brought me over for a look at the interesting views of your city. What a terrible winter those poor homeless people have had


  9. have been to Detroit a couple of times but what stuck in my mind was driving through Gross Pointe and seeing these huge house and gorgeous gardens then crossing an intersection and thinking we were suddenly in a gang war zone….scary


  10. Great pictures. I love the contract between factories, the towers and people mover. Not sure what I would take pictures of in Chicago. The thought is a little overwhelming.


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  12. Cool pictures
    Lily & Edward


  13. I like your shot of the city. It is a sad thing that we have so many homeless people. We have one that stands on a corner here in the burbs and he is a veteran. He now looks terrible after a year of begging and he begs directly across the street from the Athenaeum. We have taken him meals and given him groceries on our way home from the grocery store.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot


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