Detroit. Wow. What can I really say about it other than the fact that it is oddly beautiful and incredibly sad. Everything you could possibly imagine to be abandoned is – houses, offices, family owned businesses, fast food, car washes, apartment buildings, parks – everything. It’s eery and depressing yet fascinating and gives you motivation to look at the world differently.
If you’ve been living under a deep rock and avoiding the news for the past several decasdes, allow this lifestyle blogs post to fill you in on why Detroit has totally deteriorated and has been fighting ghost-town status, as I like to call it.
Detroit was once a booming city with a quickly growing population;
a city full of promises and opportunity,
but that all changed the American automobile industry took a plunge, leaving hundreds of thousands of people out of a job, with no way to pay their bills, no way to provide for their family and no way to survive in this city that once thrived as…
‘The Motor City”.
Detroit was once the heart of the American dream,
but since the recession, many people were forced to abandon their homes, hoping for it to sell in an economy where there was many more houses for sale then there was a demand.
After all, people weren’t moving to a city where job loss and a lack of employment opportunities were prominent. It just didn’t make sense. So, many of people’s homes were left empty for months and sometimes years, making them a prime candidate for pyro’s and crime activity.
The companies and businesses, churches and organizations that were left standing eventually faded out as well,
becoming a boarded up reminder of what once was.
Seeing this with my own eyes when I recently visited Michigan was just shocking, to say the least. Pictures truly don’t do justice because you only see one house, or two neighbouring houses and don’t get the full view of the entire community that was essentially been left standing alone.
These are the shots I took when I was exploring Michigan (with the exceptional additions of Ryan Ason Photo) discovering what the crash of the Motor City truly looked like…
without filters, editing and added features.
Many more of them already have.
I wanted to see the cold and blatant truth that could only be found within this city.
One of the saddest things I noticed was that some of these houses weren’t even abandoned. They looked like it, but the boarded up windows was the only cost-friendly method to keep the cold winters out from entering their home.
Even the cars were dressed up with boarded windows and duct tape.
Seeing this made me realize that there was a serious struggle in Detroit.
Hearing about it in the news throughout the years really just doesn’t put it into perspective, but seeing it for yourself, it’s relatable. That could have been your family – that could be your family.
It reminded me that even when times are tough, things can always be worse.
Here I was in a city that appeared to be straight out of a post-appopolytic movie, but the residents’ were smiling, listening to music and living and loving their life.
Times were definitely tough but the heart of Detroit wasn’t going to let that define them.
It was brilliant to witness.
But depression was still surrounding the areas, hidden behind the children’s laughter and parent’s chatter.
Unfortunately, it is believed that after the fall of Detroit’s economy took over, a new business – crime and illegal drugs – started to thrive in Detroit.
In the 1980s, the DEA estimated that the drug sales in Detroit exceeded the revenues of Chrysler Motors.
That’s a whole ‘lotta monayyyy.
It was mind blowing to walk through the abandoned offices that people use to go to every single day, and walk the streets that used to be someone’s home and look at the now-rotting high school that young, promising adults used to graduate from.
It was like walking through such a huge part of American history.
Detroit has a reputation and statistics that prove it to be one of the poorest and most violent major city in America.
Its the price of desperation; the price to survive; the price to provide.
Or is this excuse no longer valid, years after the crisis?
I had to see what the picture was on these windows, so I braved the deteriorating streets to take a look.
This picture, right here… Made it real.
I couldn’t imagine experiencing the crash of Detroit while also dealing with a personal crisis, posting these pictures on the boarded up windows of their empty home with homes that someone will know something and bring their baby home.
Detroit is definitely in a need of repair and a lot of TLC, but it isn’t all bad news anymore though,
as there is hope for the future of The Motor City.
People found motivation in seeing these homes, just as I did, and have since been desperate for the rebirth of Detroit.
the Rebirth of Detroit has been a long anticipated journey.
While thousands of these abandoned homes still standing, looking only a couple blocks away is an entirely different scenario as major investors strive to bring Detroit back to what it once was.
You’ll honestly feel like you’re in two different countries.
It may take several more years, but with all the heart and love in the city boundaries of Detroit,
there is no doubt in many people’s minds that the Motor City will make a stunning recovery.
It was honestly amazing how much beauty could be found in such ugly circumstances.
It was down-right shocking.
It just goes to show that life is really want you make of it;