Friday, June 29, 2012
I flew out of Detroit back to Boston last night. Driving back from the airport felt completely different than any of the times we were driving though Detroit. There was a calm and relaxed feeling that I was thrilled to feel again. We hired a helicopter to take us over Detroit and the Packard plant specifically the last days we were there. Here are a few shots of the Packard Plant from the ground and from the air.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I must say I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity I have to be in Detroit right now. It is an experience I will not soon forget; the city is like no other I have ever been to. Despite the daily fires and multitude of vacant properties most people here are rich in pride of their city. Every street we turn down has a person with a detroit shirt, and every vacant structure we explore has a hat or a flag or a poster of a once prosperous Detroit. It is hard to comprehend, on an average night several vacant buildings are set fire to. The empty Packard plant has a new fire in at least one part of the 3.5 million square foot facility at least once a day. At times they burn for a week because the fire department has deemed the property structurally unsound, therefor the policy is to let the fire burn itself out. The firefighters I have talked to give a multitude of reason the properties catch fire, local kids; evicted tenants seeking revenge; illegal tie-ins to electric lines; scrappers burning away materials for easier access to metals to be sold in junk yards. It is most definitely an experience I will not forget.
Monday, June 25, 2012
I am in Detroit for a job and get to spend a few extra days to photograph some of the abandoned buildings. Within the first 20 minutes of being here we saw a police motorcycle run down by an SUV and an abandoned house that was set on fire. While at one time Detroit must have been a magnificent city, many of the awe inspiring houses and buildings have been left empty. Now these buildings are in various states of deterioration.