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8 haunting images of Detroit’s abandoned buildings

July 19, 2013

MOTOR CITY needs some oil.

Global News

TORONTO – Detroit has become the biggest U.S. city ever to file for bankruptcy.

The city has paid its bills with borrowed money for years while struggling to provide the most basic services for its residents.

In the 1950s, its population grew to 1.8 million people, many of whom were lured by plentiful, well-paying auto jobs. Later that decade, Detroit began to decline as developers started building suburbs that lured away workers and businesses.

READ MORE: A look at the next steps for Detroit

Between 2000 and 2010, Detroit lost a quarter-million of its residents. Today, the population struggles to stay above 700,000.

For years, tens of thousands of homes, buildings and lots remained unoccupied and vacant.

Here’s a haunting look at some of Detroit’s abandoned buildings and homes:

Buildings in an entire city block in what was once Detroit’s prime business district sit largely abandoned March 23, 2011…

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