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Detroit at night: Exploring dark neighborhoods, downtown’s bright lights (photos)

At dark, Detroit becomes a different city.

Only about half of its 88,000 street lights work, leaving many neighborhoods in the dark. Other areas, like downtown, pop with colorful lights from beautiful buildings.

All photos by Steve Neavling. Page 1 of 2. 

This street off of Mack Avenue is dark except for a porch light.

This street off of Mack Avenue is dark except for a porch light.

This block on the east side has no working streetlights.

This block on the east side has no working streetlights.

Abandoned Cattleman's Meat Co. in Eastern Market

Abandoned Cattleman’s Meat Co. in Eastern Market

A working streetlight illuminates an abandoned house.

A working streetlight illuminates an abandoned house.

Store at Mack and Mt. Elliot

Store at Mack and Mt. Elliot

This corner of Gratiot Avenue is dark.

Corner of Gratiot Avenue is dark.

Heidelberg Project's Penny House, which was burned down last year.

Heidelberg Project’s Penny House, which was burned down last year.

Abandoned "super market" on Detroit's east side

Abandoned “super market” on Detroit’s east side

Abandoned house

Abandoned house

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  • bluucat

    I notice that several of these photos were taken on Baltimore near the Untitled Bottega, which is always lit up at night, but there’s no photos of that building. Total missed opportunity to photograph a cool lighting display.

  • Sizz

    Great pictures. Driving Michigan Ave in from Dearborn is pretty incredible too at night.

  • bebow

    I recently crossed from one side of the city to the other and back around midnight. The darkness was incredible. Who lives like this in 2014?

    • JC

      Mogadishu

      • Dust Buster

        in mogadishu you can also get healthy goat milk and some khat if you are into that

    • Daleks Veljkovic

      North Korea