Detroit, MI

James Scott Mansion. November 2010.
In between excursions into some of Detroit's most well-known, oft-photographed ruins, Randy from showed me some of the city's other ruins and historic sites on my last day in town. 
The Scott mansion was built by one of the city's most unpopular millionaires.

Hitsvillle, USA. Office and studio of Motown Records.
We talked a lot about music that day, and music is one of the defining elements of this city. The legacy of the artists who lived and worked in Detroit should be better promoted and capitalized upon. Instead, much of it is neglected, just as is the architectural legacy of Detroit. Motown's office in downtown Detroit was demolished in advance of the Super Bowl being held at Ford Field at few years ago, for fear the abandoned Donovan Building might make the city look bad. It was demolished and boxes and boxes of written records, the history of Motown, went down with the building. Authorities didn't know and didn't care to look or even ask what might be inside. Fortunately, Randy rescued some documents and donated them to the Detroit Public Library - Hackley Collection.

This garage in the back of the house is where the recording studio was located - 
and where countless Number 1 hits were put to tape.

12th Street and Clairmount Street. Site where the 1967 riots broke out at an unlicensed bar. Violence broke out as police officers tried to arrest patrons of the establishment - over 80 people - who were celebrating the safe return home of two Vietnam War veterans. Photo Number 2 in this slideshow shows the same location in 1967. Vacant lots in this neighborhood represent homes and business that burned down in the riot and never were rebuilt.

Abandoned gas station. 
This image and others below, from December 2009. 


Abandoned commercial building, typical of the wide-open, vacant structures found here. 

Sadly, abandoned schools and abandoned libraries (below) are not uncommon sites in Detroit. 

Conductors' Professional Association. 

Union office for train conductors, located opposite the abandoned Michigan Central Station. 

More various Detroit ruins - Page 5


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