I'm from suburban Detroit, I moved into the city a few years ago to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Before finishing up the degree I have had the opportunity to explore and learn about the city.
I had the opportunity to visit the abandoned Packard Plant recently and I took some crappy pictures with my old Droid X, despite the low quality I think some of these pics are pretty interesting and figured you guys would like to see them. I certainly felt the visit was one of the creepiest, most depressing and yet oddly awe inspiring things I've ever done. This plant is one of, if not the single largest abandoned site anywhere in the world with something like 3 to 3.5 million square feet. I could keep talking about the plant, but I there are better sources of info about it like this video.
I love my home town, and I have to believe it can come back, and while it is certainly true that several large areas of the city are experiencing major recovery, I also need to recognize that things will likely get much worse before they get better in any meaningful way. The majority of the populace is poor, uneducated, angry and constantly manipulated by the city's shockingly corrupt political leaders. Because of this the city will almost certainly go bankrupt in the near future, leading to a state take over of city management and possibly a race riot.
Despite this, now that I have my degree I'm looking for a place downtown and intend to stay and see how this whole mess sorts out.