No other American city has been quite so effected by boom and bust as Detroit. A once bustling metropolis famous for being the production hub of the US auto industry, the city is perhaps most famous now for its blocks of abandoned buildings, massive crime and general distopian atmosphere. Detroiturbex is a website dedicated to raising “awareness of the social and economic challenges the city of Detroit faces through photography.” Here they’ve created a shocking series of photographs inside the now demolished Lewis Cass Technical High School, overlaying old photographs over the new. The contrast – from just a few years ago in many cases – is shocking.
So just what happened to Detroit? According to most who have studied the situation, the problem lies with an overly built infrastructure in a place which no longer has a population to support it. The population in the last 100 years saw the most extreme rise and fall of any US city, soaring from about 450,000 in 1910 to over 1.8 million in 1950, and falling back to less than half of that now. What we have is a city, complete with movie theaters, homes, stores and yes, schools, which no longer has a population which needs them. To learn more about this through the medium of photography, head to Detroiturbex.