Before And After Pictures Of Detroit Are A Shocking Example Of What Big Government Can Do

We’ve all heard of Detroit’s troubles, but nothing can prepare you for these heartbreaking before and after images captured by Google Street View. Reddit user Scarbane compiled images taken every few years of the same location – and the changes are startling.

In a matter of years, buildings go from well-kept to burned out homes, and to graffiti-ed houses or simply overgrown plots. Some homes completely disappear, and often the street itself is unrecognizable.

Arndt Street: 2009, 2011, 2013

Boulder Street: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013

Bryden Street: 2009, 2011, 2013

Eastwood: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013

Hazelridge Street: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013

Hickory Street: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013

Hickory Street: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013

Hoyt: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013

Pfent Street: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013

Corner of Thaddeus Street and South Leigh Street: 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013

Take this as you will: The last time Detroit hasn’t had a Democratic mayor was in 1961.

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