Detroit was often referenced to as the Paris of the Midwest. Why you might ask, for it's architecture. The Fisher Building (images 4 & 5), a landmark in New Center distinct, built in 1928 in the grand Art Deco style. It's gold facade and doors welcoming the workers and shoppers alike. This is what Detroit was, and this is what Detroit is. Soon after moving to this corner of Michigan, I stayed away from mentioning Detroit on the blog a lot, probably for the fear of plummeting view numbers more then anything. But as a result, I have so many snapshots and memories of a city that have never made their way onto this blog. Even in the short time some of the photographs captured, the buildings have changed, being demolished, redeveloped or found a new life as as the city's fortunes start to change.
These photographs capture a quick glimpse into Corktown and the New Center area. To out-of-towners, to the ruin porn lovers Corktown is the home of the Michigan Central Station (second image). Across the street from the infamous and super tasty Slows, the former grand railway station which at it's date of construction in 1912 was the tallest such station in the world. It now lies as a ghost, the king of all images of ruin porn (urgh dislike - previous rant about it here). Several windows have been re-glazed since these photographs were taken in 2011, although it's long term future is still up in the air even after rumors of a $676k refurb. For me, well I can only imagine how grand arriving into Detroit by train must have been stepping out that station.
While the photographs may have been hidden away in dusty files on the computer, it's time they started seeing the light of day.