Detroit's neighborhoods, in many places, barely resemble one another. I am currently working on a photo book that chronicles these stark differences.
Detroit is unlike most other U.S. cities. Sure, many different cities (New York, etc.) have neighborhoods that differ from one another. There is an obvious difference between SoHo and Bed-Stuy. Similarly, in Detroit, neighborhoods simply don't look alike.
However, unlike New York, the look within the neighborhood has its own differences too. There aren't too many neighborhoods in the world where you can find a block in complete ruin, and a thriving artists' scene two blocks over. There aren't too many neighborhoods where you can find utter disregard for community in one area, and signs of the exact opposite in another.
But, Detroit is different. It is a city filled with opposites.
Detroit has buildings that have history too (some abandoned, some not): a building in Milwaukee Junction where the first Ford Model T was made; housing projects in Brush Park that were once home to some of Motown's legends; and a famed train station in Corktown that was created by the same people who designed New York's Grand Central Terminal.
Downtown and West Side Industrial