Detroit In Pictures

An amazing collection of photographs has captured the utter devastation of Detroit — the once bustling American city that now sits largely derelict.

Perplexed at the state of his hometown, photographer Kevin Bauman began taking pictures of the scores of abandoned homes littering the city in the mid 1990’s…


  1. Melvin Stringer says:

    Interesting photos, but what about photos of houses rescused and remodeled as a contrast. Detroit has it bleak side, but where this is a ray of sunshine let it shine through so that the spirit of hope will continue to burn. I moved from Detroit because I was tired of cold & snow and wanted to be closer to my mother. In time Detroit will be reborn, but look different, it is too bad that the Black population will have left and the whites will reclaim a diamond that just needed to be polished.

  2. I understand your love for your hometown, but the point of Detroit in the article is symbolic. The article is really not about Detroit per se:

    ‘How could an area that was obviously once a wealthy enclave in the city become
    an example of the downfall of American cities?’

    I LOVED growing up in Trenton, NJ. It was ideally located, 30 miles from Philly, 55 miles from NYC and 35 miles from the shore. There was a sense of community, and things looked bright for a thriving manufacturing town. The list of industries included GM, CV Hill, American Standard, Champale, Roebling Tire and Chain and on and on. There is even a sign on a bridge over the Delaware River that says, “Trenton Makes The World Takes.” At a recent high school reunion it was revealed that 75% of our graduating class went on to additional training.

    But things have changed. In a recent television special about one of the gangs in Trenton, Sex, Money, Murder, one of the gangmembers remarked that, “They ain’t made shit since I been here.” His remark was, unfortunately, pretty accurate. In the 70s, industry began to leave. At first it was to the US South, where the siren call of non-union labor was too attractive for management to disdain. Then it went overseas. (Recall that since the GM bailout, 80% of GM’s cars have been made in China.) The population, like Detroit’s, decreased markedly from about 130,000 when I grew up to about 80,000 today. On ONE DAY, there were 12 gang murders in a town of 80,000!

    There are some bright spots, mainly due to the fact that Trenton is the state capital. But the essential manufacturing base is gone. The FBI recently raided the office of the mayor, and a classmate who still lives in Trenton said to me that they would be lucky to get 5% of the high school graduates getting additional training today.

    I could say. “Keep hope alive.” I could point to the few bright spots. But, IMHO, it would be like saying that a dying lady has nicely painted fingernails. While possibly factual, it’s not really the point. I think it’s more productive to deal with the reality that the Trenton where I grew up is gone, and it’s not coming back in my lifetime or my children’s lifetimes. When we deal with reality, we can begin to achieve REAL change.

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