Saturday, May 16, 2009

Dear Detroit

"Ballroom, Lee Plaza Hotel" from "The Ruins of Detroit"

It seems like a lot of people have recently been paying attention to Detroit aside from talking about the crisis in the automotive industry. For example, there are projects like Habitat for Hamtramck which is a grassroots organization working to revitalize the Hamtramck area by rehabilitating vacant houses (Hamtramck is a city surrounded by Detroit).

There also some amazing photo essays which capture the faded beauty of the city like the series titled "The ruins of Detroit" by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre (I found these pictures on - which also gives a bit more info on the buildings) and "100 Abandoned Houses" by Kevin Bauman. There are so many stories in these pictures, in these old and fading places.

The following pictures are from "The ruins of Detroit":

"United Artists Theater"

"Broderick Tower"

"Fisher Body 21 Plant"

The following pictures are from "100 Abandoned Houses":

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