The Decline of Detroit in 31 Pictures

Detroit, up until the 1950’s was a bustling industrial town, once the 4th largest in the USA. Over the next 50 years the city saw its population fall by 60% largely caused by poor town planning, racial unrest and the decline of key industries such as car manufacturing

A recent book called Ruins of Detroit tells how Detroit’s downturn has turned to decay over the last several years: Abandoned hotels, houses and schools line the streets as a reminder of the city’s slow economic decline. The devastation takes on an eerie beauty, as captured by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre. The book, published in 2010, depicts Detroit’s urban landscapes over several years.

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Alex Browne studied History at Kings College London and is an Assistant Editor at Made From History. He specializes in post-war history in the USA and Central America.