Lens on Detroit: Tragic toll of bankruptcy in 35 images

Downtown Detroit
All photos by Steve Neavling

Often lost in the discussion about Detroit’s bankruptcy is the scope of the city’s troubles following six spiraling decades of job losses and residential flight. 

More than a third of the residents live below the poverty level. Police, firefighters and paramedics are too overwhelmed to handle the demand for services. And neighborhoods are deteriorating.

The reality is so bleak that creditors protested U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes’ planned bus tour of the city, arguing it is irrelevant.

“What the objectors really mean is that they do not want the court to come face-to-face with the human reality that is the flip side of the cold, sterile numbers,” lawyer Deborah Kovsky-Apap wrote.

This is the human reality for many.

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Homeless sleeping

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Manhole cover_7568

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Graffiti_7479

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Litter_5659

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Concord and Georgia_6692

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