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Picture of the day: From Motown to Ghost town: How the once mighty Detroit is heading down a long, slow road to ruin

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Crumbling despair: Once a home for the rich, a Detroit house teeters on the brink of collapse

The ruins of the Packard Plant stand in Detroit, Michigan. The plant first opened in 1903 and was abandoned in 1958

Soulless city: The shattered grandeur of Detroit¿s United Artists cinema

St. Margaret Mary School. Many of the city's Catholic schools have been closed, though the churches they are affiliated with remain active (Photo: Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre).

Lee Plaza Hotel. Once one of the most luxurious residential hotels in Detroit, Lee Plaza closed in the 1990s (Photo: Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre).

Remains of a City. On their website, the photographers write, "Ruins are the visible symbols and landmarks of our societies and their changes ... the volatile result of the change of eras and the fall of empires. This fragility leads us to watch them one very last time: to be dismayed, or to admire, it makes us wonder about the permanence of things." (Photo: Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre)

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