Today I ventured around a little in the Dequindre corridor near the Davidson freeway and then up Dequindre to McNichols, 7 Mile and 8 Mile. These pictures are mostly from the area near the Davidson Freeway.
Driving by these houses, I wondered who used to live there. I wondered how many families lived in these homes before they were abandoned and destroyed by vandals. What made the families move out? It’s such an interesting concept for me. I wonder how the people who lived there would feel seeing their former home in such a desolate state, or burnt to the ground. I can’t really imagine seeing my childhood home end up like this.
Though, one thing that struck me was on Dequindre from about 7 Mile onwards there were almost no abandoned homes. It was strange seeing the transition from the burnt homes and abandoned buildings of the homes I have shown to seeing well-kept and maintained homes that people actually live in. This part of Detroit reminded me more of the area I grew up in - the houses were almost exactly the same, aside from the bars on the windows and doors. But it’s nice to see that there are still some parts of Detroit that are in ‘the hood’ that are still kept up. I wonder if it will stay that way, or whether these streets too will succumb to the same fate as so many others in the city.
Asked by tumblrbot
the land down under.
It always blows my mind when I drive by these ruins, and all the ruins in Detroit for that matter, that people actually worked here at one point.
According to an article in the Detroit News from a couple years back, the Packard Plant once housed 40,000+ employees. The plant closed 54 years ago and is now in shambles. Looking at the broken windows, graffiti, various burn marks and utter dismay of the building now, you would never guess it.
When I look at these places, I try to imagine them as they were in the days when Detroit was a great city. Imagine all the workers coming in and out of the factory every day, and the cars that were made there. It’s such a shame that such a great city has fallen so hard.
It struck me the other day as I was driving by the burning abandoned Packard Plant that maybe I’m not the only one fascinated by the utter downfall of the city of Detroit. I saw people snapping pictures and staring in amazement at one of Detroit’s former crown jewels going up in smoke. Though the factory obviously didn’t burn to the ground (people 100 years ago really knew how to build things to last, plus the factory itself is enormous) its face has definitely changed.
Detroit has its problems. Corrupt city councils and mayors helped drive the city into the ground, and the hemorhaging population loss isn’t helping matters at all. In case you aren’t aware of the situation in the city, it’s getting to the point now where the city council has decided to stop providing basic services such as street light repairs to the more delapidated parts of the city. Its situation is dire.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Detroit. I’ve lived in the metro area my entire life and currently live in the city itself. However, I can’t help but wonder if the downturn will continue or if there will be a sudden surge of life and a rebirth within the city. In certain parts of Detroit, it seems like new life is being breathed into the city as younger college-aged students are moving into the city and young professionals are beginning to occupy apartments downtown. But is it enough to repair the damage already done? I guess only time can tell.