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Jan 14, 2015

Wrecked in Detroit

Wrecked in Detroit

Detroit, also known as the Motor City, is the historic hub of automobile manufacturing in the United States. A federal judge in December 2013 formally declared the city bankrupt but it won court approval to exit bankruptcy last November. Once the proud symbol of U.S. industrial strength, Detroit fell on hard times after decades of population loss, rampant debt and financial mismanagement left it struggling to provide basic services to residents. The Detroit car show, formally the North American International Auto Show, is being held for the 26th year and represents the turn in the city's fortune with 2014 being the best year for U.S. car sales since 2006. Reuters photographer Joshua Lott documented old or damaged cars, a common element in a series of cityscapes in the former automobile industry giant.

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An older model Ford Mustang sits on cinder blocks with missing wheels near an abandoned apartment building in Detroit JOSHUA LOTT/REUTERS

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An older model of a Cadillac Eldorado vehicle sits in a parking lot in Detroit, Michigan January 7, 2015 JOSHUA LOTT/REUTERS

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A Chevrolet El Camino with rust spots and a missing window sits parked outside of a building in Detroit JOSHUA LOTT/REUTERS

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A Plymouth Breeze with rust spots sits parked in the snow in Detroit JOSHUA LOTT/REUTERS

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An older model of a Cadillac Eldorado vehicle sits in a parking lot in Detroit JOSHUA LOTT/REUTERS

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An older model Lincoln Town Car with body damaged sits in a backyard of a home in Detroit JOSHUA LOTT/REUTERS

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A Plymouth Breeze with rust spots sits parked in the snow in Detroit JOSHUA LOTT/REUTERS

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An older model Chevrolet SS Impala sits on a cinder block with a missing wheel in the backyard of an apartment building in Detroit JOSHUA LOTT/REUTERS

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A late model unidentified vehicle with rear number and tire damage sits parked in the snow in Detroit JOSHUA LOTT/REUTERS

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An older Ford F-250 pick-up truck with rust spots sits in the yard of a home in Detroit JOSHUA LOTT/REUTERS

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A Chevrolet Astro Van with graffiti displayed on the side sits parked outside Kings Auto Parts in Detroit JOSHUA LOTT/REUTERS

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An older Ford van with holes and rust spots sits in the yard next to a tractor in Detroit JOSHUA LOTT/REUTERS

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An Oldsmobile Delta 88 sits in the snow behind a building in Detroit JOSHUA LOTT/REUTERS

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A Mazda 626 with a missing wheel sits next to wood pallets in Detroit JOSHUA LOTT/REUTERS

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An older model Lincoln Town Car with a damaged wheel sits in a parking lot of a business in Detroit JOSHUA LOTT/REUTERS

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A Chevrolet Suburban 1500 that was stripped of its parts sits in a vacant lot behind a building in Detroit JOSHUA LOTT/REUTERS

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