42 Staggering Photos Of Abandoned Detroit

As of July 18, 2013, the Motor City officially ran out of gas. Filing for for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, Detroit’s debts–a whopping $18 to $20 billion–represent the largest municipal filing for bankruptcy in United States history. And as its solvency has gone down the drain, so too has its population. In 1950, the burgeoning industrial city was home to nearly two million Americans. But today, as Detroit’s population has dwindled to a mere 700,000, the only boom Detroit has seen rests in the number of abandoned buildings popping up within city limits.

As evidenced by the following photos of an abandoned Detroit, those remaining might have a hard time forging optimism about the future when constantly surrounded by brick laid ghosts:

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40 Chillingly Beautiful Abandoned Photographs

Looking at abandoned photographs, we are reminded of how quickly paint cracks and peels, and we, too, grow old and fade away. To view an abandoned space is to acknowledge the existential emptiness that defines us and yet drives us to fill it with the company of others, a good book, and a handful of living, breathing memories. In this series of abandoned photographs, time is presented as the ultimate source of authority: it weathers trains, sinks stadiums, and causes castles to crumble. The pictorial message is chilling yet also somewhat liberating; here are 40 of the most evocative abandoned photographs:

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The Death Of A Village

Abandoned Russian Village Karelia

Hotly contested by first the Swedes and then the Russians and Finnish, the Karelia seen today serves as an architectural reminder of the inevitable toll that war and nationalism takes on a community.

Colombia’s Haunted Hotel

Colombia's Haunted Hotel Del Salto

Just southwest of Bogotá is Hotel del Salto, a once-luxurious establishment frequented by wealthy wanderlust-ers. Over the years, though, nearby river contamination led many of these travelers to cleaner water, thus leaving del Salto to fall into a state of disrepair. As the decrepit spot eventually became a popular place to commit suicide, many speculate that the dilapidated building is now haunted and has become famed as Colombia’s haunted hotel.

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