The modern image of Detroit is of a city thatâs falling apart. But itâs easy to forget how quickly it’s happening before our eyes.
Earlier this year, hundreds of workers drove down Detroit streets block by block, mapping out every abandoned home, decaying factory, and trash-filled vacant lot. They counted nearly 85,000 blighted parcels; just tearing the buildings down will cost $2 billion.
Thanks to an unending public appetite for ruin porn, these numbers arenât necessarily