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delray, detroit

Industrial Delray, on the city's southwest side, is a shell of its former self. One of the area's oldest neighborhoods, it was platted between the 1830s and 1850s, although at the time it was a considerable distance from downtown Detroit and outside of the city proper. It became an Eastern European (primarily Hungarian) enclave through the 1900s and soon annexed into the city. Detroit's industrial behemoths, including polluted Zug Island and the epic Ford Rouge Plant, sprouted up around the small village. Today, the business district along West Jefferson is literally almost entirely abandoned. Structures all around crumble into the street and in on themselves, and the industrial shapes of blast furnaces and smokestacks loom on the horizon. A stench hangs over the neighborhood, a kind of mix between the smell of sulfur, diesel, and stagnant water. But the few remaining residents here make up a small and strong community.

 

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Delray

Detroit, Michigan

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Taken on December 14, 2009