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Photographs from a recent trip to Detroit.


This Charming Style :

Such an awesome building!xx

Stef / Diversions :

oooh.. magnificent :) So cheerful!

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys :

I studied Detroit a fair bit this past year (Urban Studies--Detroit held up as the example of what not to do). Then saw a documentary about how there might be a bit of hope amongst the despair. What was your impression (apart from the lovely murals)?

Jennyboo :

In response to Emily's questions, here's what I wrote in a comment on her blog. If anyone's interested for more information, e-mail me:

Growing up in Oakland, I am accustomed to urban living and violence. However, I have never experienced anything like Detroit. Over the last decade, the population has decreased from 2 million people to 700,000. This is due to a loss of blue collar jobs in the auto industry as well as the current economic collapse. Buildings are abandoned and burnt down. Whole sections of the city no longer receive public services such as garbage and water due to the complete abandonment of neighborhoods. From an urban planning perspective, this speaks to the detriments of urban sprawl. I have read about the proposed planning for more green space and community gardens. I am 100 percent on board (I think the suburbs are terrible for America and deplete resources). But I wonder: where will the money for the proposed projects come from? Surely not from taxes because around half of the population is unemployed and seeking (often unsuccessfully) government assistance.

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys :

Hmm, yeah, when we studied Detroit it was always from the point of view of urban despair, although the documentary I saw showed people raising vegetables in their gardens and having public bbqs and so forth... which I thought was probably romanticizing the situation a bit too much.

Apart from suburbanization, Detroit's problem is the decline of the auto industry, no? And the neoliberal practices of exporting labour to third world countries thus widening the rich-poor gap in the US.

Back to my thesis (yeah, the internet is evil). It's on bike-share programs in Europe, specifically Barcelona.

KaNini's :

Such an impressive building, great for some shoots! ;)

Heather, 29 Skirts :

Great's pretty stunning what has happened to Detroit and other U.S. cities. I've heard that the freeway exits to certain parts of the Detroit area are permanently closed too.

Sabrina :

These are such gorgeous photos! I especially love the one with the colourful mural (not sure if that's what I should call it)


Amber Blue Bird :

this artwork is inspiring especially considering its location. Its nice to there can be some beauty amongst the despair.

Jo :

It is such a beautiful looking city <3 It is crazy how lovely abandoned buildings can look. My city, Christchurch, is looking a bit sad after the recent earthquakes, I hope it takes on more beauty like Detroit did!

Lost in the Haze

Lauren :

I lived near there!!! Hope your loving the awesomeness that is what is left of Detroit! Which even with the decay is so rich, just a bit dirty and desolute :(

Sparrow & Urchin

owlinalarkworld :

What a contrast.

whitemaskgirl :

Extraordinary building, and reading about the commenters on top of me, I do think it sucks that the city is dying. But I guess that is the destiny of industry towns, unless they find an other niche.

Ana :

Love your pics!!!


Matthew :

I miss ann arbor, and I miss you.

Teddi :

street art is one of my favorite things!