100 Abandoned Houses

I’m a little bit over all the attention paid to the decay of Detroit (after all, I live here and I’ve seen it happening since the 1970s). But I discovered through another blog the site 100 Abandoned Houses. It’s a collection of photos of a hundred* vacant houses in differeent parts of the city of Detroit. The photography is very good, in a documentary style, and shows some fine architectural detail that is slowly crumbling as the years go by. Some are probably relatively recently abandoned, while some have been empty so long trees are growing through the walls and even engulfing the structure. There are very few with a street sign or other landmark to identify the property, except perhaps for ones in the Brush Park neighborhood—those are very old brick structures and fairly well noted amongst locals.

Something notable about the site itself is that it seems both closed-ended and complete. There are something like 12,000 abandoned structures in the city, so it isn’t that the photographer has run out of material. I like that he has made selections and created a website in the way a book is created. One can view it again and again, but one doesn’t have to feel obligated to constantly check for updates. It’s focused and easy to take in. And the photographer is free to move on and create other projects. Not that I’m against blogs and such that can go on and on and on, but there’s something to be said for saying what one has to say concisely.

* Actually 103. Not sure why.

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About songdogmi

I'm a longhaired almost-hippie stuck in the inner suburbs of a major rust-belt metropolis who's thoughtful, creative, and kind of geeky. In exchange for a paycheck I run around in a cubicle maze most days. When I escape, I play music, hang out in coffee houses, dink around on the computer, take naps, and think I should be off in the woods somewhere. Every once in a while I get in my car and drive far, far away, though I've always come back so far.
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2 Responses to 100 Abandoned Houses

  1. animist says:

    No wonder Ligotti’s books are so filled with ruined urban buildings.

    • songdogmi says:

      Some writers have to scramble for material; I think Tom had to spend most of his time sorting and choosing the best influences up here, at least as far as settings go.

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