The Ruins of Detroit?

Is this photo eulogy of my home city of Detroit by two French photographers deeply depressing or a vision of opportunity?

Detroit’s Beautiful, Horrible Decline

Downtown Detroit

Downtown Detroit

Brush Park

Brush Park

Lee Plaza Hotel

Lee Plaza Hotel

Farwell Building

Farwell Building

One Love. One II.

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About Garlin Gilchrist II

I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora and am a National Campaign Director at I currently live in Washington, DC with my beautiful wife Ellen. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. Today I work at the crossroads of traditional political organizing and online activism. I speak before diverse audiences on empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation though emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet.

3 responses to “The Ruins of Detroit?”

  1. Brandon Q. says :

    A vision of opportunity!

  2. Antoine says :

    The Albert Kahn house from Brush Park has been knocked down.

  3. Justin says :

    I this these pictures are amazing. Beautiful buildings… It’s a shame they can’t be put back to good use. Architectural details like this are rare and should be preserved whenever possible.

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