In every direction the highways lead away from the disappearing city of Detroit, suburban communities have (since the early 1970s) set aside empty land to establish "historic villages" where historic structures standing in the way of development may be moved. This has created a series of uninhabited towns that present an idealized vision of history in stark contrast to the thriving suburbs that surround them. The Detroit suburb of Dearborn is also home to Henry Ford's Greenfield Village, the largest such indoor-outdoor museum in the world, with structures of historic significance moved there from all over the country. Meanwhile, Detroit has become known more for its majestic, abandoned ruins than its industrial might. Full essay here.

Greenmead Historical Village, Livonia (2012)

Entrance, Lodge Freeway (2012)

Greenmead Historical Village, Livonia, Michigan (2012)

Memory Lane, Flat Rock, Michigan (2012)

Greenfield Village, Dearborn (2012)

Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit (2012)

Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit (2012)

Fort Wayne Cleanup Day (2012)

Historic Village Park, Westland

Westland Historic Park (2012)

Historical Village, Clinton Township (2012)

Historic Village, Troy (2012)

Historic Village, Troy (2012)

Greenfield Village, Dearborn (2012)

Shopping Center, New Haven (2012)

Meijer, Livonia (2012)

Michigan Theater Garage (2008)

Historic Village, Goodells (2012)

Mill Race Village, Northville (2012)

Greenmead, Livonia (2012)

Greenmead Historical Village, Livonia, Michigan (2012)

Heritage Park, Taylor, Michigan (2012)

Greenmead, Livonia (2012)

Westland Historic Park (2012)

Greenfield Village, Dearborn (2009)

Greenfield Village, Dearborn (2009)

Greenfield Village, Dearborn (2009)

Mattox House, Greenfield Village

Greenmead Historical Village, Livonia, Michigan (2012)

Greenmead Historical Village, Livonia, Michigan (2012)

Historic Village, Goodells (2012)

Chesterfield Township Historical Village (2012)

Historic Village Park, Westland (2012)

Chesterfield Township (2012)

Westland Historic Park (2012)

Historic Village, Goodells (2012)

Al and Jan Collins, caretakers of Historic Park, Richmond (2012)

Mill Race Village, Northville (2012)

Historical Village, South Lyon (2012)

Historic Village, Goodells (2012)