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Detroit's Beautiful, Horrible Decline

Detroit's Beautiful, Horrible Decline
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Inside America’s ghost town Play Video Gonzo, Nick and Parv throw out the travel books and backpacker guides and hit the highways of USA to explore some of the country's lesser seen subcultures. Ruin: Welcome to Michigan Central Station. Picture: John Hardwick/Flickr 2009. I AM going to tell you a story about the most inspirational city I have ever been to. The remarkable city in question is Detroit. But I came away totally in love, wanting to be a part of its rebuilding. One of an estimated 80,000 homes abandoned in Detroit. This burnt-out husk of a building was once the home of the Fire Department. This autoroom was once an engine of Detroit’s prosperity. On our journey around the United States we heard about the large capital city, which was once known for its motor vehicle industry but now lies in total ruin. The city has been abandoned by 60 per cent of its population. HOW A CITY WENT BANKRUPT: How it came to this CITY OF RUIN: ‘It was unlike any other city I’d been to before’ Inside a Detroit housing project.

Site Unavailable | UK2 - StumbleUpon The New Face of Hunger Millions of working Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from. We sent three photographers to explore hunger in three very different parts of the United States, each giving different faces to the same statistic: of Americans don’t have enough food to eat. Click below to launch galleries Osage, IowaPhotographs by Amy ToensingOn our nation’s richest lands, farmers grow corn and soybeans used to feed livestock, make cooking oil, and produce sweeteners. Yet one in eight Iowans often goes hungry, with children the most vulnerable to food insecurity. Houston, TexasPhotographs by Kitra CahanaDespite a strong economy, Houston is ringed by neighborhoods where many working families can’t afford groceries. Bronx, New YorkPhotographs by Stephanie SinclairUrban neighborhoods with pervasive unemployment and poverty are home to the hungriest. By Tracie McMillan Photographs by Kitra Cahana, Stephanie Sinclair, and Amy Toensing Dreier knows her gambit might backfire, and it does.

Visit the Ghost Towns of Nevada During the 19th century mineral rush that earned Nevada the nickname “the Silver State,” boom towns popped up left and right across the desert. Unfortunately, only a few survived. The rest were abandoned. Houses, schools, saloons, hotels, general stores, and mines were left to deteriorate amidst the tumbleweeds. Fortunately for adventurers, many of these ghost towns have survived into the 21st century, albeit a little worse for wear. Here are six eerily empty ghost towns in Nevada awaiting your exploration. 1 Belmont Like many Nevada ghost towns, Belmont was a silver boom town. Perhaps because of its intense though short-lived success, Belmont’s buildings are surprisingly well preserved. 2 St. St. Today, after rampant water consumption has drastically lowered the level of the lake, the remains of St. 3 Nelson Nelson was once the site of the scandalous Techatticup Mine. 4 Stokes Castle The Stokes reign, however, was short. 5 Unionville Unionville’s story is that of so many boom towns.

Scientists Develop Affordable Solar Panels That Work In The Dark It's about damn time, don't you think? Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory announced Wednesday that they have been able to confirm a new high-efficiency solar cell design that utilizes nearly the entire solar spectrum. Translation: They figured out a way to make solar panels generate electricity in the dark. CleanTechnica says , In earlier trials, the researchers used different alloys that achieved full spectrum responses but involved very high production costs. The advantage of gallium arsenide nitride is that it is very similar to a conventional semiconductor, gallium arsenide, and it can be produced with a commonly used fabrication method involving chemical vapor deposition. The Lawrence Berkeley breakthrough represents just one path to increasing the efficiency and lowering the cost of solar cells. In the meantime, you could just turn any metal surface into solar panels with photovoltaic spray paint . [Photo: Norby /Flickr]

Detroit's Beautiful, Horrible Declin 15 Eerily Beautiful Photos of Abandoned Movie Theaters Movies Take a peek inside architectural photographer Matt Lambros's new book, After the Final Curtain: The Fall of the American Movie Theater, which pays tribute to the once-lavish movie palaces of yesteryear. PHOTOGRAPHS BY Matt Lambros // After The Final Curtain For more than 100 years, movie theaters have been the place where people’s Technicolor dreams come true. But as technology has advanced and the age of streaming has engulfed us, many of the world’s most lavish movie palaces have been demolished, repurposed, or outright abandoned. The Brooklyn-based architectural photographer has long had an interest in capturing the haunting beauty of these once-opulent places, which he has captured in a gorgeous new book from Jonglez Publishing, After the Final Curtain: The Fall of the American Movie Theater, which includes photographs and historical information from two dozen theaters across the country. Lambros gave us an exclusive peek at some of the photos, which you can view below. 1of15

Our 13 Best Recipes For Pomegranates Pomegranates have been savored in the Middle East for centuries , and today they're finally getting their due in the West. It's no wonder the secret's out: the ruby-colored fruits have a distinctly tart flavor that pops in both sweet and savory dishes. (Plus, they're good for you, brimming with healthy antioxidants , vitamins, potassium, folic acid and even iron.) De-seeding a pomegranate takes some time and skill, but the effort is worth it. Once you've got your pomegranate seeds (or arils, as they're technically known) -- or just buy the seeds in packets -- you can make any of the recipes from around the web in the slideshow below. What's your favorite way to use pomegranates? Want to read more from HuffPost Taste? Loading Slideshow Related on HuffPost: