Detroit’s Startling Decline (PHOTOS)

A new book called Ruins of Detroit displays Detroit’s downtown landmarks in decay: Abandoned hotels, houses and schools line the streets as a reminder of the city’s economic downfall over the past century. The devastation takes on an eery be…

A new book called Ruins of Detroit displays Detroit’s downtown landmarks in decay: Abandoned hotels, houses and schools line the streets as a reminder of the city’s economic downfall over the past century. The devastation takes on an eery beauty, as captured by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre.

The photographs show once-lively structures of an American city, now remembered by its remains.

While Detroit’s official unemployment rate has rebounded to 12 percent from a high of 15.7 percent in October of 2009, the state’s economy is nowhere near healed. As the Wall Street Journal recently pointed out, the state’s jobless rate is falling at the fastest pace in the nation — but that doesn’t equate to job growth. A state agency told the WSJ the decline “primarily reflected a reduction in the number of unemployed individuals seeking jobs.”

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