Empty lots, derelict buildings, and homes overrun with trees are
effortless to find today in Pripyat, the Ukrainian city that was
evacuated within two days of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl in
1986. Unfortunately, the city of Detroit is starting to show
similarities to this Ukrainian ghost town, as vacancies are on the
rise and wildlife has overtaken some of the neighborhoods.
Since 1950, Detroits population has fallen from 1.85 million to
around 900,000, and approximately one in three lots in the city are
empty lots or abandoned homes. Detroit has been victimized by serious
depopulation and disinvestment
Ghost towns were not uncommon in the old west. They just ran
out of a reason to exist. Detroit probably wont become a ghost
town, but they have a long road ahead.