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The abandoned house of the week

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They got chains, but they all tucked in…

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The abandoned house of the week

Over the years I’ve received plenty of email from former Detroiters. Recently one asked if I would visited his old street. On this very long block, only about a half dozen houses still stood, and only one appeared to be occupied, although it was in only marginally better condition than the unoccupied ones. This was one of the abandoned houses on the block. Painted an optimistic blue and yellow color combination, it, along with several others appeared to have been recently abandoned.

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The abandoned neighborhood of the week

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The abandoned house of the week

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Vanishing neighborhoods

Each summer Detroit’s abandoned neighborhoods begin to disappear as nature advances. As winter approaches, and the overgrowth recedes, the houses and evidence of former homes reemerges. But with each passing year, the evidence grows more faint.

Ironically, on the same day I put up this post, I found a similar post on Sweet Juniper by James Griffioen.

Detroit’s wildflowers

As more and more of Detroit is abandoned, former yards become fields filled with wildflowers.

Detroit’s Studebaker Plant

Detroit’s Studebaker automotive plant was built in 1906, and was originally for the Wayne Automobile Company. At one point, after Wayne Automobile Company merged with Everitt, Metzger and Flanders, it was the worlds second largest producer of automobiles. Studebaker acquired Everitt, Metzger and Flanders, and the plant in 1910, and Chrysler took over in 1928 after Studebaker moved to South Bend, Indiana.

Eventually a portion of the plant was abandoned while the eastern end was used for the Piquette Market. The abandoned portion caught fire on June 20, 2005, and eventually spread through out the structure, becoming a five alarm fire. The entire building was destroyed.

Three abandoned houses

Three houses being reclaimed.

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I like old motel and hotel signs

“Low rates, daily, weekly”…hourly? Pretty seedy looking. But the sign is great…

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