Detroit’s encroaching blight as seen through Google and Bing maps

Detroit’s encroaching blight as seen through Google and Bing maps

Despite the reported demolition of 6,700 dangerous and abandoned homes under the Mayor Dave Bing’s administration, 40,000 still remain.

Detroit blight GooBing Maps.pngGooBing Detroit on Tumblr, http://goobingdetroit.tumblr.com/ 

DETROIT — Despite the reported demolition of 6,700 dangerous and abandoned homes under the Mayor Dave Bing’s administration, 40,000 still remain.

That figure hasn’t fluctuated significantly in the last few years, as the blight — burnt-out, abandoned, looted and decaying homes — seem just as determined as the mayor and other blight-fighting forces.

The New York Times reported the abandoned-home figure as high as 70,000 in November, while a Mother Jones story reported the inventory near 45,000 in 2010.

With the wide-ranging figures, it seems the actual inventory of abandoned homes in the city is a difficult number to peg.

As one is demolished, another is foreclosed on, another set ablaze, another looted by scrappers.

With Google and Bing Streetview maps, a recent Tumblr post entitled “GooBing Detroit” reveals the still growing blight problem by placing side-by-side photos taken by each company over a three year span for a before-and-after effect.

In a 2009 Google Streetview photo, a man in a black T-shirt stands on the porch of a gray-sided home located on West Golden Gate in Detroit. Two chairs and boxes fill the porch.

Fast forward to the image Bing captured in 2012. The facade is blackened, the siding melted by flames. Boards have replaced the windows and the personal items on the porch have vanished.

The “GooBing Detroit” post offers 10 before-and-after images from the Brightmoor neighborhood, Boston Edison District, east side, southwest and beyond.

Have you seen the decay of your neighborhood first-hand over the last several years? has your neighborhood stabilized or improved? Please share what you are seeing where you live in the comment section below.

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