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Detroit. Forgotten city.

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06 September 2017

Posted by Marta Bescos

Detroit is known for one of the most stunning collections of dramatic post-depression architecture in the world. Sadly the past two decades have seen several of these treasures left to crumble, waiting for economic revival. In 1950, the booming industrial city was home to nearly two million Americans, but nowadays, Detroit’s population has shrunk to around 673,000. Once the heart of America's automotive industry, the so-called 'Motor City' now represents the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of the United States.

Detroit's abandoned landmarks have a haunting beauty that immortalises its fascinating past. We've collected 12 of our photographers' best images of the city that ran out of gas.

Woman in a black coat and bag walks into a cloud of steam in a deserted street in downtown Detroit, Michigan.

Woman in a black coat and bag walks into a cloud of steam in a deserted street in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Read less

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Megan Green

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The former Packard Motor Company plant in Detroit is one of the most recognizable symbols of the decline of the city's once vibrant auto industry.

The former Packard Motor Company plant in Detroit is one of the most recognizable symbols of the decline of the city's once vibrant auto industry. Read less

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Rusted old neon sign for a parking lot in Detroit, Michigan. Parking lots remained the dominant use of land on both the east and west sides of downtown.

Rusted old neon sign for a parking lot in Detroit, Michigan. Parking lots remained the dominant use of land on both the east and west sides of downtown. Read less

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Car parked in front of abandoned Hotel in Detroit’s 313 area code.

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Plants surround the abandoned central train station (also known as Michigan Central Depot or MCS) in downtown Detroit, Michigan. When it opened in late 1913, it was the tallest ... Read more

Plants surround the abandoned central train station (also known as Michigan Central Depot or MCS) in downtown Detroit, Michigan. When it opened in late 1913, it was the tallest train station in the world. Read less

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Interior of the abandoned Eastown historic theatre in Detroit, Michigan. Its ornate details and furniture crumble and fall, there is skull graffiti on the walls. The theatre ope... Read more

Interior of the abandoned Eastown historic theatre in Detroit, Michigan. Its ornate details and furniture crumble and fall, there is skull graffiti on the walls. The theatre operated as a movie theater, music venue and church off-and-on from 1931 until 2004; the building could seat 2,500 people. Since 2004 it has been abandoned and fallen into disrepair. Read less

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The Monument to Joe Louis, known also as The Fist, is a memorial to the boxer at Detroit's Hart Plaza designed by sculptor Robert Graham.

The Monument to Joe Louis, known also as The Fist, is a memorial to the boxer at Detroit's Hart Plaza designed by sculptor Robert Graham. Read less

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The Russel Industrial Center.

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A hazy sun over a building in Detroit. Detroit has an astonishing 78,000 abandoned buildings across its 142 square miles.

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Interior of an abandoned car factory in Detroit, Michigan. The doors and windows are broken and there is graffiti on the walls.

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Hanging ladder from ceiling in the Easttown Theatre in Detroit. The Eastown Theatre was one of Detroit’s great neighborhood theatres, located to the northeast of the city near H... Read more

Hanging ladder from ceiling in the Easttown Theatre in Detroit. The Eastown Theatre was one of Detroit’s great neighborhood theatres, located to the northeast of the city near Hamtramck. Read less

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Inside Detroit's Abandoned Michigan Central Station.

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