Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Urban decay: Detroit in ruins

Today's photo essay - photographers Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre's document the dramatic decline of the Motor City:

The ruined Spanish-Gothic interior of the United Artists Theater in Detroit. The cinema was built in 1928 by C Howard Crane, and finally closed in 1974.  Photo: Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

East Side Public Library.  Photo: Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre

See the rest here. The urban decay of a failed city. Interestingly, Detroit has been run -- right into the ground, apparently -- by Democrat mayors for the last 48 years or so -- almost a half century; you have to go all the way back to 1961 for the last time the city's residents elected a Republican mayor.

On a related note, read Karl Denninger's New Year's musings, Part 1, and Part 2.

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