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Once a thriving neighborhood, the area surrounding Jane Cooper Elementary is now a wasteland with blocks of abandoned houses having been demolished.


I had seen pictures of this place online and desperately wanted to visit despite it being known as a particularly sketchy location. It bears mentioning that there is a well-maintained and prosperous factory operating behind the school, but I don't think that fact takes away from the tragic appearance of this neighborhood one bit. I think this place typifies what has happened and IS happening in Detroit right now. A once great city, a city that literally built this country, is not only falling to ruin, but is, in fact, being erased from the surface of the earth...piece by piece.