Dancing in the Motor City Graveyard: Beautiful Photos of Detroit’s Abandoned Buildings

by Andy H on February 24, 2009

People are finally getting the message: the economy is bad right now. Still, you can still hear the doubters on occasion; “Ford didn’t need the bailout, even if GM did;” “the whole mortgage crisis and foreclosure stuff is blown out of proportion;” “our infrastructure isn’t crumbling–that’s just the alarmists and media talking.” This is one of those times where a picture is worth a thousand words. Let’s go right to the heart of the current economic crisis, to the city that’s been hit worse than any other–Detroit, Michigan–and see what kind of picture a down economy can paint.

Abandoned Aquarium on Belle Isle (source)


Michican Central Station (source)


Fall Out [on a school building] (source)


Detroit Yacht Club (source)


Hotel Roosevelt (source)


The innards of the abandoned Packard Plant in Detroit (source)

Blown Out Stairwell [Michigan Central Station collection] (source)


All pictures were found on Flickr under the 2.0 Creative Commons License, and each links back to the source. Copyright belongs to the original photographer.

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1 David Morrow 02.24.09 at 2:17 AM

Please correct the caption to the fourth photo. It is not the Detroit Yacht Club, but the Detroit Boat Club, which closed its clubhouse in 1996. The Detroit Yacht Club is alive and well and maintaining its facilities on Belle Isle.

2 Andy Brown 02.24.09 at 12:57 PM

@David Morrow

I’m going to keep the caption as-is, since I’m simply using the Flickr photo title for each caption, and the Flickr photo title says “Yacht Club”. Thanks for the correction though, anyone reading the comment thread will see it.

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