detroit update

Thinking about Varmints in the previous post, it’s been quite a few years since I was last in Detroit. So finding Marchand & Meffre’s The Ruins of Detroit photoessay earlier this year (posted in the surreal within the real section), came as a surprise.

Detroit, as symbol of the removal of manufacturing from the US heartlands to the far east, is evidence of just how quickly decay can set in once weather protection is compromised. And as a species, we seem to be particularly capable of destroying that which has lost the status of occupation – the broken window syndrome. This is how once-great civilisations are removed from the record, unless by other more prescient means – Pruitt-Igoe, or brutalist Spence’s Gorbals.

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