Abandoned Shopping Center
This former strip mall on the northeast side sits abandoned,
its parking lot full of cracks and holes and strewn with debris and items left behind. Most of Detroit's
commerical thoroughfares, which once had shops, are lined with empty buildings and empty fields.
This suburban style strip mall is located in a nicer section close to the city limits.
Detroit's churches, including some beautiful buildings, somtimes end up abandoned because their congregations have left. The city also has many little storefront churches. Commercial buildings that can no longer find tenants often become storefront churches, but these too can become abandoned.
See photos of St Rita Catholic Church and school, one of many Catholic parishes to close in Detroit.
The automobile industry grew up in Detroit, beginning with
a small building near downtown where Model Ts were built by hand and growing to encompass
large factories and complexes of buildings that employed thousands of workers. Today, many of those
places where workers toiled and great products were born are just empty walls and silent railroad tracks,
ghosts of the former good times that once made Detroit a city of homeowners living the American Dream.
The Abandoned Packard Plant. See more photos of the packard plant.
The Abandoned Fisher Body Plant. See more photos of Fisher Body.
Abandoned Commercial Buildings
All over the city, buildings that used to be occupied by a business are
empty, deteriorating. Most will never be occupied again and need to be torn down.
This building, with its lovely architectural elements, is at Fenkell and Livernois on the West Side
We've noticed as we tour Detroit neighborhoods that lots of people have boats in their yard or in the abandoned lots. Here are two abandoned boats that turned up in a North Side neighborhood.