As a former Michigander and lover of urban decay I find James D. Griffioen's images, "Detroit Unbound", beautiful and compelling. For those of you not familiar with what's going on in Detroit, the combination or riots, white flight, and the dying American auto industry has left what was once the the fourth largest city in the country a veritable ghost town. The Detroit News has reported that "According to the U.S. Postal Service, there are 62,000 uninhabited buildings and vacant lots throughout Detroit." ("Empty Monuments", August 17, 2009). Entire blocks stand deserted and there is a growing urban farming trend to make use of all this empty real estate.
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