Detroit Struggles To Re-Build A Bankrupt City Amidst Poverty And Blight


Members of the band 'Freedom' spray paint their name on a wall at the... News PhotoAbandoned,Business,Corporate Business,Detroit,Finance,Freedom,Horizontal,Human Interest,Identity,Michigan,Painting,People,Spray,USAPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesDETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 04: Members of the band 'Freedom' spray paint their name on a wall at the abandoned Packard Automotive Plant on September 4, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. The Packard Plant was a 3.5 million square foot car manufacturing plant built completed in 1911. Major operations ceased in 1958, though the plant was used in a limited capacity until the 1990s, with outer buildings used through the mid 2000s. Since then the buildings have fallen into disrepair - they are now used mostly for graffitti artists and scavengers. Detroit has an astonishing 78,000 abandoned buildings across its 142 square miles. Last month the city declared bankruptcy, the largest municipality to ever do so in the United States. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)