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Alsup: The reaction nationally to that was astonishment at what the city looked like in just the past six or seven years. I think what I’ve found through street view and through my work in the city is that there’s a perception outside of the city and outside of the region that Detroit has kind of looked like this, been in this kind of condition for a long time, since the '60s, '70s. And no one understood the extent to which the financial crisis which is something that affected employment and housing in San Diego and Florida and Arizona and sort of suburban middle-class homes, how much the foreclosure crisis had accelerated the decline of Detroit. I think no one had seen that, and street view is kind of this incredible time capsule of just how quickly a new wave of deterioration was triggered by the financial crisis. It just hadn’t been investigated, hadn’t been captured in a way that was quite as accessible and impactful as Google street view just happening to drive by every year since the financial crisis.
Reasons for the Decline of Detroit
While the stadium may still be standing, its haunting deterioration has become a symbol of the decline of Detroit itself – once American’s fourth-largest city with a bustling automobile industry that has seen its population shrink from 1.5m in the mid-1990s to less than 900,000 today.
be made of the role high taxes played in the decline of Detroit.
Both by sociologist and photographer Camilo José Vergara, who has been documenting the precipitous decline of Detroit for 25 years, and by Andrew Moore, who is renowed fro his large-format photography, will be on display through February 18, 2013.For decades, the American automobile industry headquartered in Detroit was a symbol of the nation's industrial ingenuity and might. Unskilled workers, many of them African Americans, moved to Detroit in pursuit of high-paying unionized jobs with generous fringe benefits. The post-World War II boom narrowed the wage gap between black and white men and lifted unprecedented numbers of blue collar workers securely into the economic middle class. But the decline of Detroit's manufacturing dominance after 1970 left many of those workers stranded and, by the early 1990s, Detroit had become the archetypal example of rust-belt de-industrialization, blighted by abandoned factories, empty office buildings, closed stores, high crime, and bitter racial strife.