ARTSY: The Course Of Empire

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Two French photographers — Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre — trained their lenses on the spectacular ruins of the modern day Motor City. The must-see results are astonishing, depressing and altogether post-apocalyptic. Metaphors abound — the state of the auto industry, the economy, and the American Dream itself — none of which augur well for the future of the nation. Rome was not built in a day, but the Roman Empire sure did fall in one — the day that the public good was subsumed by the pursuit of private gain. After that, it was all over but the shouting. Sound familiar? Pictured above is Detroit’s Central Train Station, built in 1913 and out of service since 1988. MORE

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