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'The Ruins of Detroit' were once Motor City's cathedrals

Photographers Yves Marchand and Romaine Meffre approach Detroit with the curiosity of one generation trying to decipher the one that came before.
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Detroit once served as a paragon of American ingenuity. Today, however, it's a city that is easy to write off. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, between 2000 and 2010, 237,493 people left the Motor City. Over the same time period, just 140,845 people left New Orleans.

Detroit, however, can't blame its vacant buildings and abandoned houses on the weather. Instead, it has become a favorite proxy for discussions about America as a whole: of Main Streets and blue collars, of outsourcing and free trade, of urban renewal and urban decay.

Yves Marchand and Romaine Meffre document this tension in their book The Ruins of Detroit. Their photographs -- including "Michigan Central Station," "Fisher Body 21," "William Livingstone House," and "Classroom, St Mary's School" -- tell a story beyond the political elections or theories of decline. Instead, Marchand and Meffre approach Detroit with the curiosity of one generation trying to decipher the one that came before.

"Even though the buildings are not religious," Meffre said in the March/April issue of Intelligent Life, "they express a belief in the future and in the system. They are their cathedrals. They have a sort of naivety, a dream, an awareness of destiny that is a bit like religious belief.”

[via Intelligent Life]

Michigan Central Station, Detroit (Yves Marchand and Romaine Meffre/Reprinted with permission)
Fisher Body 21 (Yves Marchand and Romaine Meffre/Reprinted with permission)
William Livingstone House, Detroit (Yves Merchand and Romaine Meffre/Reprinted with permission)
Classroom, St Margaret Mary School (Yves Marchand and Romaine Meffre/Reprinted with permission)

Photos: Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre. Reprinted with permission.

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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