Detroit’s population declined a staggering 63% since peaking at 1.9 million in the 1950s.
The exodus to the suburbs turned city blocks into urban prairies, attracting fox, pheasants and even deer.
The large swaths of vacant land have swallowed signs of human activity. Downed power lines, discarded tires and old signs are covered in brush.
The land’s future is unclear. It’s predominately owned by the city, which continues to lose residents.
All photos are by Steve Neavling.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.