Since the peak of the motor industry in the 1960s Detroit (‘Motown’ to all of us music fans) has been declining. Its population has halved. Once one of the U.S.A.’s greatest cities it is now the world’s prime example of post-industrial decline and decay in a large city.
Detroit shows what happens when a capitalist economy no longer needs you, your family, your work, your skills, your community.
Russell Bloch has been recording and documenting this in all its varied local details, not to shock, but to inform, question and reflect on it, in a deeply absorbing way.
Our politicians are eager for us all to ‘compete’ in a race to the bottom of the world economy. Everything political is also in fact personal. Is this what awaits us, our children and our grandchildren in the future - is it ‘Destination Detroit’ for us too?