December 15, 2018

These before and after photos reveal how much Detroit has changed

For decades, Detroit has been America's underdog. The city has scrapped and fought its way through racialized urban planning and white flight, deindustrialization, and a massive recession. Through all of this, at times, Detroit has been down – but never out.  Just years after the city filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in 2013, the city is looking more robust than it has in decades. That's not to say that redevelopment doesn't come with a cost, however. Housing prices are increasing while blight spreads, gentrification is displacing lower-income populations, and some shady corporate deals are giving corporations the upper hand over public interests.

You can see how much Detroit has changed in just a few years in these before and after photos.

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These before and after photos reveal how much Detroit has changed
Then – June 2009
Griswold Pharmacy
1214 Griswold St, Detroit MI
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Then – June 2009


Griswold Pharmacy
1214 Griswold St, Detroit MI
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Now – Aug. 2018
The Albert luxury apartments and retail
1214 Griswold St, Detroit MI
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Now – Aug. 2018


The Albert luxury apartments and retail
1214 Griswold St, Detroit MI
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Then – June 2009
Grand Army of the Republic Building
1942 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI
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Then – June 2009


Grand Army of the Republic Building
1942 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI
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Now – Aug. 2018
Grand Army of the Republic Building
1942 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI
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Now – Aug. 2018


Grand Army of the Republic Building
1942 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI
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Then – June 2009
The Fox Theatre
2299 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI
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Then – June 2009


The Fox Theatre
2299 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI
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Now – Sept. 2018
The Fox Theatre
2299 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI
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Now – Sept. 2018


The Fox Theatre
2299 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI
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Then - Aug. 2007
Crystal Lofts pre-construction
1 Watson St., Detroit, MI
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Then - Aug. 2007


Crystal Lofts pre-construction
1 Watson St., Detroit, MI
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Now – Sept. 2018
New Order Coffee
1 Watson St., Detroit, MI
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Now – Sept. 2018


New Order Coffee
1 Watson St., Detroit, MI
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Then – June 2011
Vacant lot
2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI
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Then – June 2011


Vacant lot
2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI
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