If you’re into tanning and swimming, Hawaii or the Maldives are probably on your dream-vacation-list. That list might be a bit different if you’re into urban decay, like yours truly. Yes, guilty! Of course a place like Pripyat city in Ukraine or Hashima Island in Japan are high on that list, but they’re not as easy accessible as the destination I will tell you a bit more about today: Detroit.
I first ‘explored’ Detroit online when I found the website of Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, a French photographer duo. Their series ‘The Ruins of Detroit’ blew me away, and I started to look for more info on the city and it’s many abandoned buildings. What I found amazed me: Detroit seemed to have many, many, abandoned places.
So why Detroit? On the website detroiturbex.com you can find a solid explanation for the huge amount of empty buildings in the city. In the early 1900’s the city’s population expanded quite rapidly. More houses, schools, factories and facility buildings were build. In 1950 the city counted almost two million inhabitants. But the population declined, and today only 700.000 people live in a city build for two million people.
What that leaves Detroit with is a a lot of urban decay. It’s sad to see how the effect of a single broken window can destroy a complete colossal building in months when the wind, rain and decay take over the place.
Below you can find a selection of images by Yves Marchand, Romain Meffre and the people at Detroit Urbex. If you’d like to see or learn more about abandoned Detroit, check out their websites:
Images by Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre
Images by Detroit Urbex