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12 Responses to Detroit Housing Apocalypse 2010

  • Yep – most was drive by. Otherwise I would still be out there walking house to house taking photos.

  • Noticed that most of the video was shot in “drive by” fashion. That just adds to the sadness. Some of those homes were so well built with TLC they would have lasted forever. I miss my old neighborhood.

  • Yeah, it is pretty depressing to do. What really isnt shown in the video – for obvious reasons – are that half of these abandoned/burnt things are right next to regular peoples homes (the result of which was seen in the Robinwood fires).

    That this sea of half burnt kindling is out there interspersed with maintained homes with families inside is the thing that makes it an emergency. A disaster area – waiting to turn into a worse disaster area. It is an humanitarian disaster in my opinion, which is why the Federal Government needs to get up here with that big huge check book they love to wave around.

    And then what is shown in the video, is the large expanses of ghetto prairie between abandoned or condemnable properties. The non-density issue will force itself, one way or another, to be dealt with.

  • Dfunk, awesome work. Does the atmosphere seem oppressive when you deal with this much decay and destruction in one fell swoop? I swear my jaw hit the floor. How can a city survive if the rot has extended across what looks like all kinds of neighborhoods? The old line of ” there are a million stories in the naked city” sure does apply here. Every one of those houses has a story to tell. Thank you for bringing the tip of this iceberg to us, your loyal viewers.

  • yep yep, music too.

  • did you do the music too?

  • Cool movie, sad scenery. Creative use of rapidfire stills, intersecting with vid., I would like to try that sometime.

  • Thanks Nail, Sasquatch and all. Yeah, put real time film section in to show that there are literally ghost town neighborhoods where everything is blown out or gone, and yes – i inserted regional signs so that if you wanted to, you could stop the video and get an idea where in the city those houses are from.

    What is crazy is that I didnt spend a ton of time doing this – so I went out several times and gathered up all the single shots of abandoned houses, in the easiest places to find them. So 1000 houses has to be about 1% of the total, in my estimation. I also purposefully did not retrace my steps from the last time I did this – although there is an element of “yeah, they are still abandoned and still sitting there”, I wanted it to be a current survey of conditions.

    Yep Nail, I know what you are saying, the house next to mine is foreclosed/abandoned and has had parties in it. If I had more time and resources, I could do the entire state of Michigan, Im sure. Who would watch 3 hours of houses flickering by at 12 frames a second though ? That would be beyond depressing.

  • Awesome job! I think I am most captivated by several themes evoked in this video: 1) gutted properties being reclaimed by nature/vegetation; 2) the small but solid brick homes that once served as a working-class family’s “castle” and are now utterly trashed; and 3) the piles of debris/wreckage spilling into city streets. What is especially effective for out-of-towners such as myself are the shots of street signs, particularly intersections, that allow for some geographical context. Keep up the great work!

  • very nicely done.

    at first the viewer is like “HOLY SHIT! ive never seen so many abandoned houses…”

    but then i think back to my work week and realize ive probably seen that same amount of abandoned houses between Inkster, Lincoln Park, Dearborn, and Detroit in the past 2 weeks or less.

  • DFUNK – Well done, excellent job of capturing the feel/desolation of these empty streets – BRAVO