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The Detroit Institute of Arts Parking Lot

The Detroit Institute of Arts spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of the Ford family fortune in the 1980's redesigning its front entrance with fountains, expensive masonry, and landscaping.  Today that area is routinely used as a parking lot blocking vistas to the sculptures and pedestrian traffic while oil staining and breaking the brick walkways.

Detroit Institute of Arts

     How does decay begin?

     The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit all began as sparkling edifices, the fulfillment of the dreams of their architects and developers.

     Their end did not come suddenly, as part of some natural disaster or war.  Instead it resulted from an accumulated lack of basic aesthetic sensibility.  A small thing left broken here, an indiscretion of taste there, until a preponderance of damage equals an insoluble situation. What was revered becomes scorned.

     Abandonment and vandalism follow and the damage becomes irreparable.

 

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