Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Detroit: Look Up (March, 2004)

Detroit and Hamilton, Ontario (where I was living at the time I took this picture) share an interesting common heritage as "has-been" cities, both former industrial heavyweights that took the wrong turn in an economy headed for the informational. However, Detroit represents this shift on a more massive scale, a whole shell of an urban monster left as rotting evidence of unsustainable industry. Though naturally this isn't the whole story for Detroit, it's hard not to come away with a certain impression of massive urban decay that somehow foreshadows some larger, Gilliam-esque post-apocalyptic doomscape spreading throughout the urban centres of North America (see: Los Angeles and Bladerunner, for a similar example).

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