Jun 102014

detroit_00News headlines have reported Detroit has gone into bankruptcy. Until now, nothing compares to seeing these stunning pictures before and after the bankruptcy of our once great Motor City, as captured by Google Street View.

Reddit user Scarbane, compiled these captured photo images, taken every few years of the same location – and the dramatic changes witnessed are remarkable.

Within just a few years, homes go from well-kept to ruin. Homes are transformed from neatly trimmed yards, now abandoned with six-feet of over-grown weeds and dilapidated rebel. Some homes completely disappear. Often, the public streets and surrounding neighborhood infrastructure are crumbling and remain in disrepair.

Looking at these images below, we have to ask ourselves: What has happened to our nation’s cities in the past five years? Was it four decades ago that we saw our great cities crumbling like this? What can be done now to reverse this kind of rapid erosion of our great cities?


1. Corner of Thaddeus Street and South Leigh Street: 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013



2. Pfent Street: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013



3. Hoyt: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013



4. Hickory Street: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013



5. Hickory Street: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013



6. Hazelridge Street: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013



7. Eastwood: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013



8. Boulder Street: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013



9. Bryden Street: 2009, 2011, 2013



10. Arndt Street: 2009, 2011, 2013


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