Ruins of Detroit: Before & After


12th Aug, 2012

Chene House, Detroit, 1973-2010

I keep coming back to Detroit. It’s bizarre how photogenic the downfall of America’s industrial powerhouse can be.

However there’s an eerie and unwanted sense of responsibility to be felt when looking through these before & after photographs of Detroit taken in 1973 and 2010 by the same photographer, Dave Jordano. I could browse through endless Flickr albums of ruinous Detroit on a shiny iPad, but at what point are we going to consider that we have all played a part in its decay? And closer to home, does anyone sense that this might be happening to us and to our future generations in our own towns, right underneath our noses?

Yes, everything is destined to pass, but isn’t there something to learn in its passing?

Waiting Room, Michigan Central RR Depot, Detroit, 1973-2010


Corner of Woodward and State St., Detroit, 1973-2010

Great Hall, Michigan Central RR Depot, Detroit, 1973-2010


Old Union Depot, Corner of Fort and Third St., Detroit, 1973-2010


8000 Oakland Ave., Detroit, 1973-2010


3935 Russell St., Detroit, 1973-2010


Lower Concourse, Michigan Central RR Depot, Detroit, 1973-2010


Stage, Vanity Ballroom, 1024 Newport, Detroit, 1973-2010


Farwell Building, 1249 Griswold St., Detroit, 1973-2010


John Bagley Memorial, Campus Martius, Detroit, 1973-2010


8000 Oakland Ave., Detroit, 1973-2010


Crowley’s Department Store, Farmer St., Detroit, 1973-2010


Corner of Alfred and Brush St., Detroit, 1973-2010


Clayton Hotel, Corner of Clifford St. and Fisher Freeway, Detroit, 1973-2010

There is however, a little bit of hope in some of Jordana’s before & after photographs….

Corner of Randolph, Congress and Cadillac Square,

1705 6th St., Corktown, Detroit, 1973-2010


1656 Bagley Ave., Corktown, Detroit, 1973-2010

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