100 Abandoned Houses

Take a look at this web site, 100 Abandoned Houses, with pictures by Detroit photographerKevin Bauman.

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I’m not sure I recommend trying to look at all the pictures at once, one after another. It’s pretty intense. Some of the houses are so overgrown with brush and trees that you can barely see them anymore. I think the wintertime scenes were the most depressing for me, I don’t know why.

The photographer is careful to point out- clearly there are more than 100 abandoned houses in Detroit. He puts the actual number at closer to 12,000.

A big thanks to Rust Wire reader Linda Brazill for pointing this site out to me.

-KG

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  1. rustwire

    Wow. That is awesome.

    The sight of abandoned houses makes me sad, especially beautiful ones made of brick and stone with cupolas and bay windows and other bygone architectural flourishes. Think of all the labor that went into building it and all the families that it was home for and how it once embodied someone’s dreams.

    -Angie

    • Matt

      The collection of photos is impressive. It is sad to see, but it doesn’t really move me. I guess I’m almost numb to it after living in New Orleans for a few years.

      These photos come out of Detroit, but it could easily be substituted for any number of crumbling cities. What to do with all the waste?

      I can’t help but agree with what the photographer writes, “I had always found it to be amazing, depressing, and perplexing that a once great city could find itself in such great distress, all the while surrounded by such affluence.”

  2. Megan

    This is amazing in so many regards- the most important to me is the fact that other people out there see these homes and feel the same way. I have been house hunting in Youngstown for a solid year. Everyone around me voices their concern against my desire to live in Youngstown, “What about school districts? House values?Crime?” I remind them if we don’t move back into the city, it will never improve. I live in the suburbs right now, (oh the joy) but my goal is to buy a Youngstown home and make it grand!
    Ever since the creation of Suburbia in the U.S. (post WWII, rise of automobiles and lastly the highway program implemented by Truman) suburbia took over in Youngstown- with places like Boardman (developed by the Debartolos) and Niles (developed by the Cafaros) sucking the population and life out of the city (think of malls vs downtown department stores, then add walmart to add the final nail in the coffin). And now, with the loss of jobs downtown- why go there?
    I do not believe Youngstown to be as bad as Detroit, but thanks to fraudulent/slum landlords, there are areas that really shock you. I feel the worst when driving to work, seeing children waiting for a school bus in front of a block of empty, trashed homes. I know the goal and only option at times is to tear these homes down, but again, there has to be something better out there.

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