Postcards From the Collapse

There’s been a lot of words and pictures of the inexorable urban collapse of Detroit – the feral houses, direct desire-line trails blazed across acres of vacant lots, abandoned skyscrapers too numerous for a cash-strapped city to demolish – but nothing ever quite hit me like this image of a once regal theater turned into a parking lot. Perhaps there are too many of them collectively for any one of them to be worth anything anymore.

(h/t Boots at Beatus Est, whom I admittedly otherwise never really agree with on much of anything.)

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~ by J.D. Hammond on October 14, 2009.

6 Responses to “Postcards From the Collapse”

  1. Thanks!

  2. The link to the feral houses is amazing esp the “lost neighborhoods” tab. Its as if the praries are reclaiming the city. I’ve spent a little time in Detroit, and the midwest in general. They really are ghost towns just like out west. Boom towns that just boomed a little bigger than Bodie.

  3. […] the place, having spent a fair amount of time in city while I was in grad school.  When JD Hammond posts a picture from the  old Michigan Theater, I feel a certain bond to the […]

  4. […] the place, having spent a fair amount of time in city while I was in grad school.  When JD Hammond posts a picture from the  old Michigan Theater, I feel a certain bond to the […]

  5. Meanwhile the fat cats, the sleazy thieves on Wall Street, get fatter, ship their earnings to Israel, and the people of Detroit have literally nothing. Who owns the feral houses? They could not even GIVE them away last month. Then at the sale, the fat cats had it set up so they could buy it all up for a pittance, a mere pittance.

    The people are homeless, in camps, wherever they can find to live. And whole blocks were bought up for less than pennies on the dollar. Tell me that is not a claw-back of damnable proportions!

    And they are not done yet.

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