I just got back from a very fruitful trip to Detroit. We found urban prairies and tenacious plants taking over the post-industrial landscape, vibrant communities proving Detroit is not dead, and beautifully designed gardens filled with edible plants. The government is corrupt and the economy is deeply shaken, but the sun shines and rain falls.
The photograph is from outside the Packard Plant, a sprawling building over a half mile long and over 3 million sq. feet. It was built to make cars, but hasn’t since the 50s. The building housed other businesses for a time, and then provided material for scrappers to harvest. It is currently a mecca for graffiti artists, photographers, urban explorers and musicians.