Detroit: Remembering the way it was, and is

Main photo, abandoned Detroit residences picture play

Secondary photo, abandoned Detroit residences picture playDecember, 2014

Among the possible results of the release of the City of Detroit from bankruptcy, announced this month, is a start on the demolition of thousands of abandoned residences.

They number 78,000 to 80,000. (Empty lots probably number 100,000.)

They are one measure of the demise of a once mighty manufacturing metropolis.

In the sixth decade of the previous century 1.8 million people resided in “Motor City.” In the second decade of this century 700,000 people reside there.

“We have housing stock for over a million people who don’t exist anymore,” one Wayne County official said in October on CNNMoney.

The arrangements with its debtors relieve Detroit of $7 billion of its $11 billion in debt, The New York Times reported. They also permit it to spend about $440 million to clean up public spaces and demolish vacant residence.

The images were all posted on the Flickr photograph-sharing website, with a Creative Commons licence.

About the residence in the bottom photo, the photographer noted: “Move the building two miles north and it fetches in the six figures. Pity.”

Secondary photo, abandoned Detroit residences picture play

Secondary photo, abandoned Detroit residences picture playSecondary photo, abandoned Detroit houses photo play

 Produced by Michael Sasges

References:

Plan to Exit Bankruptcy is Approved for Detroit, New York Times, Nov. 7, 2014 
CNN Money: http://money.cnn.com/2014/10/07/real_estate/detroit-house/
U.S. bankruptcy court, Detroit files 

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