The GM headquarters loom over Detroit's downtown, even though the automotive industry in the city has all but collapsed. In 2013, the city filed for bankruptcy.
The population in Detroit has dropped by over 25% in the last decade. There are over 78,000 abandoned buildings in Detroit, leaving behind a playground for arsonists, graffiti artists and squatters.
Many homes and historic buildings, including the Eastown Theater, now lie in ruins.
Detroit is the birthplace of Motown. The Supremes, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson and more all got their start in the Motown Records studio, which is now a museum.
Detroit has a growing art scene, with artists flocking toward its cheaper rents and wide open spaces.
There are also impressive, long-standing cultural art institutions in the city, including the Detroit Institute of Art: home to a Diego Rivera mural that takes up an entire courtyard.
This is what remains of a once-thriving luxury automotive plant in Detroit. The city never recovered from mass outsourcing.
Detroit has a high crime rate, and notably, an astronomical arson rate. The fire department can barely keep up with the demand and works mainly to contain fires rather than extinguish them.
Despite the hardships, Detroiters remain proud. Artists, faith groups, shop owners, sports fans and residents are banding together to make the city rise again.