, and now Google Street View Time Machine. You can find his tumblr here.
The most shocking thing about the photos is that the decay he documents takes place in such a short period of time, between 2009 and 2013. Many well-manicured neighborhoods and active businesses have turned into Detroit into a virtual wasteland, looking more like something out of a post-apocalyptic John Carpenter film than habitable neighborhoods.
Asup describes it as “a Hurricane without water“:
The crisis came at a moment when home values had already been declining for years. All of the sudden there was a precipitous drop in value, yet assessments remained incredibly high, city services further declined, and you had tens of thousands of people facing a situation where their house was worth $20,000, they owed $3,000 or so a year in property taxes, and were delivered very poor city services for that exorbitant sum. So they left. They were kicked out via speculators buying their homes at foreclosure auctions, they started renting, left the city, bought a cheaper place. All kinds of things.
The result is the graph you see below. 70,000+ tax foreclosures since the financial crisis. An annual auction that sees 20,000 properties go up for bid for $500 a piece, sold oftentimes to speculators who do nothing to the property. Half the properties don’t sell, and are inherited by the city, where their fate, historically, has been just as bad.
As if you needed another reason to be angry that nobody has been held to account for the financial crisis.
h/t Ashley Feinberg