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John thought it would be fun to visit Detroit and see what that city is all about. So off on a road trip to do some Urban Exploring.

Detroit's decline is well documented but at the same time there are reports of pockets of revival. In particular a recent episode of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown that featured Detroit piqued my interest. We were eager to see what was left of the thriving downtown, the hipster community and of course "ruin porn" (in Bourdain's words).

  • Then & Now: Detroit - Great photos around Detroit showing various Urbex sites in the past and now side by side.
  • Detroit Urbex - The main site we used to figure out where to go. It has information on and pictures of quite a few sites around Detroit.


Around Detroit

Around Detroit
The stark contrasts between the surprisingly vibrant Downtown and other neighborhoods..
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St. Agnes / Martyrs of Uganda Parish Church

St. Agnes / Martyrs of Uganda Parish Church
Our first Urbexing stop was St. Agnes church. It was in amazingly bad shape considering it hasn't been closed that long.
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Packard Automobile Plant

Packard Automobile Plant
Abandoned in the 90's this building was in pretty rough space but also huge an fascinating.
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Fisher Body Plant 21

Fisher Body Plant 21
Another huge factory was the Fisher Body Plant which built car bodies for GM and other manufacturers for decades.
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Ford Piquette Plant

Ford Piquette Plant
Completely by accident we stumbled upon the Ford Piquette Plant, famed for being where the Model-T was originally built.
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Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit Institute of Arts
With rumors that the City of Detroit will be forced to sell it's art collection to help pay their debts we had to see it while we still could.
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