Ypsi doesn’t look nearly as terrifying from a few hundred feet up

    I know I should be looking for my house and other landmarks of personal importance, but all I can think when watching this arial footage of Ypsilanti is how laughably ridiculous people are who leave comments on the website of the Ann Arbor News about how terrifying this city of ours is. I know this video is likely a bit misleading, given that it was shot from a few hundred feet up, and, as such, you can’t really see the piles of used condoms and pools of freshly-spilled blood, but it really makes Ypsilanti look like something out of a god damn Norman Rockwell painting…

    This, my friends, is the kind of thing that leads to gentrification. Mark my words.

    [note: I just coined the phrase “tourism by drone.”]

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      1. Pytlyct
        Posted July 3, 2014 at 12:01 am | Permalink

        No worries, Mark.

        Ypsi “gentrified” well more than 100 years ago. Today, we’re just “revitalizing” that gentrification. Reclaiming old territories (e.g., Water Street) and breathing new life into parcels once won then lost. We’re simply reclaiming our gentry.

        To coin another phrase, “Ypsi is regentrifying.”

        In the initial gentrification, we displaced people and replaced them with our people. It’ll require some effort, but in the regentrification, we can do it again.

        I thought the regentrification would be attributed to things like the Co-op, Shadow Art Fair, Elvis Fest, railroads, hipsters, hippies, bloggers and gays … but, I, for one, am glad to know we can live here, and watch our property values rise, because of robots in the skies.

        And not because we don’t want a dollar store. Yes … the flying robots are spawning the gentry.

      2. Burt Reynolds
        Posted July 3, 2014 at 7:03 am | Permalink

        I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it still seriously looks like shit.

      3. XXX
        Posted July 3, 2014 at 7:48 am | Permalink

        What specifically looks like shit, Burt? Aside from some roads that need repaving, I think it looks really good. There are even guys playing soccer in the park.

      4. Dan
        Posted July 3, 2014 at 8:44 am | Permalink

        will this video be updated to highlight the new Family Dollar and section 8 apartments? ’cause those, my friends, aren’t the kind of things that lead to gentrification

      5. anonymous
        Posted July 3, 2014 at 9:51 am | Permalink

        We could camouflage them the way we did buildings during WW II.


      6. Lynne
        Posted July 3, 2014 at 11:22 am | Permalink

        I certainly think that Ypsilanti is a beautiful place. That is partly why I live here. :)

      7. Aaron Fown
        Posted July 3, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

        Hey Mark! Thanks for sharing my video. One of my friends (who reads your blog to keep up on Ypsi news) called this to my attention, and I love your flattering comments. A few things of note: these shots were mostly from around 150 feet up. I had a spotter on site for the trip over the river to keep everything within view, and I don’t think I tripped over any piles of used condoms that day, but my eyes were mostly on the sky. Further, Ypsilanti really -is- something out of a Normal Rockwell painting. I mean, he wasn’t really known for depicting the nose-upturned lives of upwardly mobile bigots in his art.

        And, sadly, I’m gonna have to rain on your parade. Traveling by drone is practically a movement at this point. Check out this site:


        Anyhow, if anyone has ideas for places that need some aerial attention, I would be happy to provide it.

      8. Posted July 3, 2014 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

        Since when is anyone on this blog worried about gentrification, which usually implies the economic displacement of very poor households.

        If anything, Mark and his readership are the gentrifiers and this blog along with efforts like the Shadow Art Fair are the tools of gentrification.

        For the record, before I get flames, I am of the view that the issue of gentrification is complex and there are costs (in displacement) and benefits (in employment opportunities and improved public services).

      9. PrincessTinyMeat
        Posted July 5, 2014 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

        Keep Ypsi ghetto.

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