Photos of abandoned buildings in Detroit

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By Carmen Angerer in New Photography on Monday 22 July 2013

Detroit has become the largest U.S city to file for bankruptcy. Once a symbol of industrial power, the Detroit downtown is now filled with crumbling buildings and empty facades. The decline of the city is no more apparent than in these incredible photographs by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre, who have been photographing the city since 2005.

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Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead’s project on display in 2013

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By Paul White in New Art on Saturday 22 December 2012

A sad loss earlier this year, Mike Kelley was an artist who influenced a generation and helped bring attention to Los Angeles as a vital art capital. His Mobile Homestead’s project – a recreation of his childhood home mounted on a trailer – was only part completed at the time of his death. The Museum […]

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New Zoos of Berlin album coming soon

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By Christopher Gideon in New Music on Wednesday 3 October 2012

The word on the street is that this enigmatic foursome from Detroit, Michigan, is putting the finishing touches on their long-awaited second full-length album. Their quality-over-quantity approach has produced a meticulously-crafted catalogue which is compact, yet sonically rich with soaring electronic rock that will leave you jonesing for more. That said, hurry the hell up […]

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Photos of 1982 Detroit by Robert Monaghan

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By Blane Fonda in New Photography on Saturday 14 July 2012

I recently came across this photo essay by Detroit photographer/archivist Robert Monaghan, though it was apparently put together a few years ago. There are a lot of cool and/or hilarious compositions among these, and overall this set makes for a pretty unbeatable snapshot of Reagan-era Detroit decay, twenty-something public intoxication, and the unfortunate smearing of some poor girl named Candy Berkeley.

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Crud: Detroit’s most dangerous band

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By James Trunko in New Music on Tuesday 12 June 2012

Detroit denizens Crud’s new CD, Crud on Monster Island, is the soundtrack for demonic debauchery. This Motor City 5 slings sleaze-laden rock with enough fire power to bring down dictators, nay-sayers, and any Detroit-haters.

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Detroit People Mover

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By Brian Merkel in Video on Monday 3 October 2011

This is a short film capturing 24 local artists, cooks, thinkers and musicians as they came together to showcase Detroit’s spirit, performing inside the downtown People Mover train one day in April.

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Silent Cities

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By Flux Magazine in Cool Websites on Monday 18 July 2011

We like this blog, Silent Cities. We like seeing images of some of the most noisy and crowded places in the world momentarily bathed in silence. There is something both serene and eerie about these scenes. The images above and below are from London, Sydney and Detroit.

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Jonathon Kambouris’s Last Meal photo series

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By Alison Zavos in New Photography on Wednesday 9 February 2011

Jonathon Kambouris was raised outside Detroit, Michigan. Of this series, Last Meals, he writes: ‘The series visually documents the face and last meal of convicted killers. I created this project to explore the interesting and unique relationship humans have with food and used the last meal as a metaphor to raise questions about the death penalty’.

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Salvaged Landscape Detroit by Catie Newell

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By Gerry Mak in Cool Travel on Tuesday 9 November 2010

Detroit really is as desolate as people make it out to be. Have you ever seen an abandoned high-rise with its windows smashed out? You can see that there. People have been arsoning their houses to collect insurance. Artist Catie Newell, in collaboration with nonprofit Imagination Station, has embarked on a project called Salvaged Landscapes […]

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Detroit house painting by RETNA, Richard Colman

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By Daniel Fletcher in Cool Travel on Wednesday 27 October 2010

When i was a kid, I thought graffiti was awesome. Not much has changed. I also thought it would be awesome to paint my parent’s living room. They refused, repeatedly. RETNA and Richard Colman probably shared the same dream. Only, in place of the Black Flag bars that would’ve landed me in military school, they dreamed in lush calligraphy and bold geometrics.

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Lord Scrummage

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Monday 22 June 2009

Detroit is fast becoming a city with a reputation for being one of the most dangerous metropolises in America and a population that has been decreasing every year since 1960. Strange then to hear such fun, bubbly, electronic music, such as the kind Lord Scrummage (part of the art collective Scrummage University) makes.

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