Many songs have been written about Detroit being a “rock” city of the USA, but today, we take a look at one of its many desolate infrastructures. These juxtaposed before and after images reveal how time has deteriorated Detroit institutions.
“No other city in America has experienced such rapid growth and abandonment as Detroit. The consequences to the people, culture, and society of the city are unprecedented.”
When a city designed for 2 million people finds itself not as populated, it starts to become dysfunctional. DetroitUrbex, an urban exploration site focused on the largest city in Michigan, aims to raise this awareness through photographing the once-inhabited and now-abandoned spaces across town.
It’s a very interesting concept, considering Detroit’s depopulation, and these “then vs. now” photos of one of its schools is particularly chilling. To see a once lively learning institution as a barren building, also considering the declining rate of quality education in many parts of the world, makes one feel melancholic and uneasy about the prospect of mismanaged resources and missed opportunities.
But that could be DetroitUrbex’s point exactly.
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