Im März lief auf BBC 2 die Doku „Requiem for Detroit“ von Julien Temple (sein erster Film war übrigens der Sex Pistols-Flick „The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle“, hier sein Wikipedia-Eintrag). Der Film ist voller verrottender, vergammelnder Awesomeness und Musik und außerdem hat ihn jemand auf Youtube hochgeladen.
Hier die Seite der BBC zur Doku („Julien Temple's new film is a vivid evocation of an apocalyptic vision: a slow-motion Katrina that has had many more victims.“), im Guardian schreibt Temple selbst über seinen Trip nach Detroit: Detroit: the last days. Snip daraus und die restlichen Videos nach dem Klick.
The vast, rusting hulks of abandoned car plants, (some of the largest structures ever built and far too expensive to pull down), beached amid a shining sea of grass. The blackened corpses of hundreds of burned-out houses, pulled back to earth by the green tentacles of nature. Only the drunken rows of telegraph poles marching away across acres of wildflowers and prairie give any clue as to where teeming city streets might once have been.
Approaching the derelict shell of downtown Detroit, we see full-grown trees sprouting from the tops of deserted skyscrapers. In their shadows, the glazed eyes of the street zombies slide into view, stumbling in front of the car. Our excitement at driving into what feels like a man-made hurricane Katrina is matched only by sheer disbelief that what was once the fourth-largest city in the US could actually be in the process of disappearing from the face of the earth. The statistics are staggering – 40sq miles of the 139sq mile inner city have already been reclaimed by nature.
One in five houses now stand empty. Property prices have fallen 80% or more in Detroit over the last three years. A three-bedroom house on Albany Street is still on the market for $1.
Unemployment has reached 30%; 33.8% of Detroit's population and 48.5% of its children live below the poverty line. Forty-seven per cent of adults in Detroit are functionally illiterate; 29 Detroit schools closed in 2009 alone.
But statistics tell only one part of the story.