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Once the heart of the country’s auto industry, Detroit, Michigan is better known today for it’s landscape of urban decay. As poverty, crime, and urban blight continue to haunt the city, more than 84,000 structures stand abandoned and in ruins.

But in recent years, locals and tourists alike have been drawn to the place once dubbed ‘The Paris of the West,’ finding beauty in what others might see as trash. Photographers can often be found among the crumbling, historic sites, ready to snap a piece of U.S. history.

Fusion’s Mariana Atencio went to Detroit for a “blight tour” of the Motor City’s most iconic, abandoned buildings.

Watch the full piece below

Abandoned historical sites in Detroit are now a playground for tourists

Once the heart of the country’s auto industry, Detroit, Michigan is better known today for it’s landscape of urban decay. As poverty, crime, and urban blight continue to haunt the city, more than 84,000 structures stand abandoned and in ruins.

But in recent years, locals and tourists alike have been drawn to the place once dubbed ‘The Paris of the West,’ finding beauty in what others might see as trash. Photographers can often be found among the crumbling, historic sites, ready to snap a piece of U.S. history.

Fusion’s Mariana Atencio went to Detroit for a “blight tour” of the Motor City’s most iconic, abandoned buildings.

Watch the full piece below

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