20 Beautiful Photographs Of Urban Decay In Detroit’s Crumbling Ghost Neighbourhoods

0

During the Gilded Age of the late 19th century Detroit, Michigan was known to some as the Paris of the West, on account of its opulent architecture, grand boulevards and burgeoning cityscape.

h/t: urbanghostsmedia. All images © by Bob Jagendorf.

As Detroit grew into a major Great Lakes transportation hub, tens of thousands of European immigrants came in search of work in the shipbuilding and automotive industries that gave rise to the ‘Motor City’, while the successes of Ford, Chrysler and Dodge helped fuel a construction boom that saw numerous Art Deco and neogothic skyscrapers developed throughout the 1920s. It wasn’t long before Detroit was the United States’ fourth largest city, and boasted much of the country’s finest architecture.

2

But the gasoline crises of 1973 and 1979 hit the car industry hard. Coupled with racial tensions and an increase in drug-fuelled crime during the same period, Detroit was plunged into a period of unemployment as its industrial supremacy effectively collapsed. Ironically, many of the city’s grandest building survive today, abandoned skeletons of their former selves, for many no economic incentive to either restoration or demolition.

Detroit’s Michigan Theater, its gutted shell repurposed as a parking garage
1

Detroit’s abandoned Bible Community
3

Creepy doll at the Heidelberg Project
4

Abandoned cinema
5

(No More) Cash for Gold
6

Abandoned O’Dell’s Lounge & Grill
7

The Temple bar
8

Abandoned Detroit street
9

Detroit’s decaying industrial skyline
10

Auto parts – echoes of old Detroit
11

Abandoned boat house
12

Abandoned car factory
13

Art house
14

Abandoned factory & ‘The Crow’
15

USA Food Center
16

Abandoned Detroit market
17

Derelict Northwest Deli
18

Abandoned car turned art – Heidelberg Project
19

Michigan Central Terminal – an abandoned Detroit icon
20

(Visited 1 times, 2 visits today)

Leave Your Comment Below

More Inspiring Stories

It Was Way More Fun Flying Around The World 50 Years Ago
Gadhimai Festival in Nepal
Amazing Aerial Highlights From The 2015 Nat Geo Traveler Photo Contest
Life with the Yawalapiti Tribe in Brazil
Fantastic Wave Rock in Hyden Wildlife Park, Australia
Glass Beach: Where Nature Has Turned Pollution Into Beauty
At the Edge of the World: A Look at Life in Greenland
Brazil's Christ The Redeemer Statue Lit With Flags Of Countries Affected By Coronavirus
It’s Mysterious Circles in Japan: Drone Captures Circles of Trees
A Junkyard Of Classic Cars Located In Rural Georgia
Guy Uses Photographs To Follow In The Footsteps Of His Grandparents
The Kings Of The Forest - Photographer Spent 3 Days In Nepal To Document The Isolated Tribe
A Look at Life in Nepal
Western United States In The 1960s: Colorful Life In The American West 50 Years Ago Through Amazing Found Photos
Beautiful New Zealand: Earth’s Mythical Islands
The Ghost Villages Of Indonesia
Carnival Of Venice 2016
Hellenikon – Athens’ Ghost Airport
Russian Blogger Went On A Trip Around The Apartment During The quarantine - Repeating Photos From Real Travels
Girl Shares Pics Of Street Food From Around The World On Her Instagram Account
Chinese Village Builds Giant Golden Statue Of Mao Zedong
"One Photo, Four Seasons": This Is How 8 Different Locations Around The World Look Across The Four Seasons
New Year Celebrations Around the World: Japan
Sex Workers Performance in Madrid
Hot Air Balloons at Cappadocia, Turkey
Color Run in Brussels
Two Look Books, Two Countries, Two Minds: Akomplice in Brazil Summer Lookbook
Fountains Of Saint Petersburg The Way They Look Now
An 80-Foot Steel Kraken Will Create An Artificial Coral Reef Near The British Virgin Islands