They provide the sad physical evidence of Detroit’s descent from a once-bustling metropolis to a city on the hardest of times. Eerily adandoned, as if the result of some global apocalypse, the buildings – from schools and factories to grand railway stations and family homes – have been quietly disintegrating as scores of residents move on to find a better life elsewhere.
Detroit has almost 80,000 vacant buildings, and the larger ones can cost more than $10,000 each to demolish. Authorities in the bankrupt city can’t afford to tear them down, and have no choice but to let them rot.
But the decaying landmarks have provided the beleaguered city with at least one brisk trade – dereliction tours for photographers who have been arriving in their droves to record the city’s decline.