Google Street View Shows Decay of Detroit Neighborhoods Since 2008

Since there’s some attention coming this way, I should probably take a moment to explain this blog — which has mostly been a context-less index of stuff found while virtually driving the streets of Detroit. I’ll start with this:

"Detroit’s getting better — sure, there are neighborhoods that have problems, but they’ve been that way for 30 or 40 years."

I’ve heard statements like this a number of times in conversation and online. The idea that problems with Detroit’s property issues are decades old. Some of the root causes are certainly buried that far back, but this idea distorts what I think is still a little understood fact: The 2008-9 financial crisis had a devastating impact on the state of property in Detroit.

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Continue reading and see more images: http://goobingdetroit.tumblr.com/

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Comment by Tara on June 1, 2014 at 11:18pm

Detroit is the poster child for what a full blown depression looks like!

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