DETROIT – We found the rather spectacular website Artificial Owl with some hauntingly beautiful photos of Detroit’s empty Union Station. The site is all about photos of abandoned places.
I cannot help but think of the parallels between Detroit’s waste of this great building, and the waste that is the American automobile industry. It is telling that this happened at exactly the same time as General Motors was running itself into the ground, and wasting car brands like Buick, Chevrolet and Pontiac.
If Detroit is to survive, it better care of these assets as now it has little else. A great video of the station is here on YouTube. were we see what it looked like as late as the 1980s. It was renovated partially, and then allowed to rot.
But that is the story of the inept leadership of the city of Detroit. Pity. It is pretty close to criminal.
By the way, if you like sites like Artificial Owl, you will certainly like the blog Labelscar; that site that documents dead malls and dying retailers.