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Film charts Detroit's 'slow motion catastrophe'

Published on Jul 24, 2014 12:12 PM

PARIS (AFP) - When film director Steve Faigenbaum grew up in Detroit, the city pulsated to the sound of Motown and car manufacturing.

Today, the once mighty city, which declared bankruptcy in 2013, is a nightmarish vision of urban decay that draws young people from all over the world to buy a house for US$1,000 (S$1,200).

With the highest violent crime rate of any large US city, Detroit has lost 63 per cent of its population since 1950.

At least 78,000 buildings stand abandoned and there is enough once-inhabited empty land to fit a city the size of Paris.

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