16 Eerie And Heartbreaking Photos Of Detroit’s Decline

Detroit became the largest U.S. city ever to seek bankruptcy protection on Thursday. This is what urban decay looks like.

In March, a bankruptcy expert was brought in to assess Detroit’s severe financial crisis.

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1. The expert pointed to the city’s overspending and mismanagement by officials as the main cause of the crisis.

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3. Thursday, after six months of struggling, Detroit filed for bankruptcy, making it the largest city in U.S. history to do so.

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5. The city’s debt could be as much as $20 billion.

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REBECCA COOK / Reuters

7. There are reportedly 78,000 abandoned structures in the city.

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REBECCA COOK / Reuters

9. And the city’s unemployment rate is more than double the national average, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said.

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11. Snyder believes bankruptcy could provide a new beginning for the city.

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13. Detroit Mayor Dave Bing called Thursday a difficult day for Detroit.

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