Interactive before-and-after photos of Detroit offer unrivaled look at city’s decline

The 1943 race riot on Woodward, via
The 1943 race riot on Woodward, via

Never before have you been able to so starkly see the impact that time has had on Detroit.

Taking before-and-after pictures to an new level, the pioneers at have painstakingly matched up historic photos with current ones. What makes this cool is a sliding bar that give you the ability to seamlessly move the historic photos over the current ones to get a wondrous sense of change., which documents the demise of the city’s landmarks and buildings, takes you on a journey through time in downtown, at the Packard Plant, the 1967 riots and so much more.

The website caught national attention after creating a fascinating interactive feature on the historic Cass Tech High School after it was demolished in 2011.

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.

  • Gregory Watson

    A marvelous compilation of Detroit then versus now. Thanks for posting this.

  • 70 SS

    What an awsome presentation. I love how it really shows how much things have changed over the years, good work Detroit Urbex…