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This article was published on June 2, 2014


Detroit’s apocalyptic downturn visualized using Google Street View

Detroit’s apocalyptic downturn visualized using Google Street View Image by: Joshua Lott
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Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.

Detroit declared bankruptcy last year and parts of the city are suffering severely from its economic decline. These changes are clearly illustrated by GooBing Detroit, a Tumblr blog that compares images from Google’s Street View Time Machine feature to show how houses and neighborhoods have deteriorated over recent years.

Here’s one example — while the collection is reasonably new and not hugely extensive at this point, the images are powerful.

GooBing Detroit

GooBing Detroit

Thumbnail image via Joshua Lott / AFP / Getty Images