Oct 31, 2016

Abandoned Neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan

The fact that abandoned structures are so notable in Detroit, Michigan is unfortunate, but it's made the city an irresistible location for urban explorers. Even in Detroit's downtown core, it's amazing how many incredible buildings are unoccupied or completely abandoned. 

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Just a short walk outside of downtown we stumbled upon Brush Park, a once affluent neighborhood full of grand homes and mansions. Large portions of land have since been cleared of derelict properties as the area declined, so many of the streets now have more vacant lots than standing structures. A few of the homes have actually been restored, others look prepped for renovation, and a number of them are completely abandoned or in ruins.

What makes Detroit's abandoned locations so fascinating is the wealth that existed here. When you see the architecture, the level of craftsmanship, or the historical status of many of these places you can't help but feel a bit heartbroken about the entire situation. This is just one neighborhood, but we were only a 10 minute walk away from the heart of downtown. It paints a picture of just how serious Detroit's decline has been.

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Oct 28, 2016

Exploring Downtown Detroit, Michigan

Detroit has a reputation that's hard to shake, but love it or loathe it, there's a lot of incredible history here. The juxtaposition between abandoned buildings and the top-tier architecture in downtown Detroit, Michigan truly is something to behold. From the echoes of motown to the undeniable imprint of the auto industry, I found it easy to fall in love with this place.

downtown detroit michiganWe  stayed at the Book Cadillac, a beautiful restored hotel that itself was an abandoned skyscaper just a decade ago. Downtown was literally on our doorstep. With the North American International Auto Show just a few blocks away at the Cobo Center we already had an easy excuse to get out and explore. The People Mover only made that decision easier. 

The winter brings out the cracks a bit more, but if you think Detroit isn't beautiful you're not looking close enough. Structures like the Guardian Building, Fisher Building, and Cadillac Place represent some of the finest architecture that was being produced when they were built. The Renaissance Center, headquarters of General Motors, is also a sight to behold. When it was completed in 1977 the central hotel was the tallest hotel in the world.  

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downtown detroit michiganWandering around downtown Detroit we stumbled onto a lot of memorable visuals - painted murals, graffiti, vintage marquees, giant sculptures, old churches, and amazing architecture. Also, quite a few nods to the Tigers and Red Wings. We enjoyed a hockey game at the Joe Louis Arena ourselves. It's obvious that Detroit isn't the same place it once was, but with examples of revitalization already in progress, there's no question, this city continues to fascinate.

Explore more from my Motor City photo series here.
       
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Greektown in downtown Detroit.
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The surprisingly vacant Wayne County Building (Courthouse).

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Breakfast at the Dime Store.


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Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers.

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View of the David Stott Building.
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Guardian Building in downtown Detroit.

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Cobo Center hosting the North American International Auto Show.
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David Stott Building in downtown Detroit. Vacant and under renovation.

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The Spirit of Detroit statue.

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Book Tower in downtown Detroit. Vacant but awaiting renovation.

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GM Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.
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