Saturday, January 16, 2010

Grandiose Decay in Detroit (or, more than slightly worn around the edges)

Detroit is four hours from Toronto and four hours from Chicago. Based on all the news coming out of there and seeing multiple photo essays like this one, it might as well be on the other side of the world. Detroit's decay isn't new, but it is hard to believe this has happened to a once proud city in a rich country.

Nearly a third of Detroit's homes are vacant, and along with the residences, the city's stately hotels and cultural centers have been abandoned as well, falling into dramatic disrepair, their grand ruins still showing the promises of a once-booming city.

Ruins of Detroit [Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre Photography via Twitter]

United Artists Theater

Michigan Central Station

Farwell Building

Broderick Tower

Whitney Building

Bank Vault

Ballroom, Fort Wayne Hotel

East Methodist Church


Fisher Body 21 Plant

Ballroom, Lee Plaza Hotel

Source:  io9

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