At least Detroit has ONE booming industry: Photographers are flocking to capture crumbling remains of once-glorious buildings

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DailyMail: 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.
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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.
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Everything from newspaper articles to coffee-table books have been generated by the burgeoning industry, and it has grown from a man with a camera simply trespassing on property to well-organised paid-for tours.
The photos in this article, for example, are from a French photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre.
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Jesse Welter was one of the first to spy an opportunity in the growing interest in dying Detroit, and charges now $45 for a three-hour tour of such places as the Packard Automotive Plant, the East Grand Boulevard Methodist Church and the imposing Central Depot train station.
Welter told the LA Times that he first started his tours in late 2011, ferrying around one or two people at a time in his car. But the business has really taken off recently, so much so that he is now driving around in a 12-seat van.
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And each visitor has to stay somewhere while in Detroit, so the city’s hotels and restaurants can thank them for adding to their coffers too.
The one catch is that the tours are not 100 per cent legal. Wriggling your way inside one of the properties – or walking in through a conveniently missing door or hole in the wall – is still considered trespassing by the police.
Safety is also an issue, and people caught in the wrong place at the wrong time can face fines up to £225. Other adventure-seekers have been assaulted, carjacked and mugged.
But Welter said he provides an element of protection, in that he knows the places not to go, and that police have told him that they don’t mind him going into certain buildings.
There are plenty to chose from. Authorities say 85 per cent of Detroit’s 142.9 square miles has ‘experienced population decline’ in the past decade last decade.
Plans to attract businesses to take over some of the buildings have ended in failure. The future of the Central Depot station is still in doubt, after plans to turn it into a casino ran out of steam. It has been empty since 1988.
How terribly sad.
DCG

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Dr. Eowyn
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Dr. Eowyn
6 years ago

How sad.
Detroit is a microcosm — and the future — of America.

josephbc69
6 years ago
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Too, too true, but also of Kanada and Mexico if we do not restore Constitutional sovereignty!

Richard M Nixon (Deceased)

Reblogged this on Dead Citizen's Rights Society.

Debra
Debra
6 years ago

The foreigners will be coming in to buy us up. In short time, we’re not going to recognize our Country.

Mike howrightismike
Mike howrightismike
6 years ago

Sad, true, yet a gold mine of an opportunity if the voters of Detroit would elect responsible leadership. Look at pictures of Hiroshima and Nagasaki from 1945 compared to today. The same thing could happen with Detroit. Imagine if someone like Mitt Romney was put in charge of turning the city around. Despite what some may think of him, the guy knows business. He could revitalize the entire city.

TrailDust
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TrailDust
6 years ago

Your right Mike. And think what Mitt might have been able to accomplish by now, if it was he, and not Obama, in the white house (lack of capitalization intentional). And we could rest assured that our military and intelligence resources would not be secretly supporting jihad. If I continued the list, it would be bigger than the article.

Trail Dust
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6 years ago

Great article, DCG! I recently saw an episode of “Parts Unknown” with host, Anthony Bourdain, that focused on Detroit. Having grown up in the motor culture of the 1950s and 60s, I cannot get my mind around the devastation of this once great city. This is where our best cars came from, and Detroit was rightly proud of the fact. One of my favorite kinds of music is Motown. In 1969 and 70 I would see trainload after trainload of new cars coming into Boston from that hub of all things fast and muscular. And what’s happened since… I am… Read more »

bill
bill
6 years ago

People of this country think about who has ran this city into ruination. Demorats, Unions, welfare, and greedy people. When vehicles started having price tags of what it would cost for material to build a home was the start of the downfall. Greedy politicians ( carpetbaggers ) lining their pockets. They got what they deserved, but now the poor tax-payers will suffer with the bailout for this corruption.

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago

Thanks, Democrats!!

josephbc69
6 years ago

Friends, we need to end the blame game: there’s enough responsibility for this mess to go around three times over and still have be left over. That doesn’t get broken things fixed, and it doesn’t show us at our true national best. And the fact is that we NEED ruins! Why pay tens of thousands to gawk at Europe’s when we at last have enough here, and at bargain rates! Lard-assed Warren Buffet can start running some of the railroads he owns w/bargain rates for “Express to Wrecks!” tours, so we can see what NOT to do when we return… Read more »