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'Abandoned Detroit' is GH Township man's second book

Tribune Staff • Apr 6, 2019 at 2:00 PM

Kyle Brooky of Grand Haven Township has another history-based book of photographs under his belt.

Brooky’s first book, “Abandoned Michigan,” was released in February. “Abandoned Detroit” is the follow-up.

Published by Arcadia Publishing, “Abandoned Detroit” chronicles in words and photographs some of the city’s estimated 70,000 abandoned buildings, 31,000 empty homes and 90,000 vacant lots. Brooky steps inside these haunting locations that include factories, schools, nursing homes, zoos, hospitals and houses.

Featuring more than 200 full-color photographs, you will witness the beauty that can be found in decay in these buildings, many for the last time before they are lost forever to time or the wrecking ball. “Abandoned Detroit” not only takes you inside these lost places but tells the history of them and how they came to be abandoned.

Why did he write this book?

“When most people think of Detroit, they shudder. Many will flat-out refuse to go there,” said Brooky, a 2009 graduate of Grand Haven High School and a 2013 graduate of Calvin College. “The aim of this book is to show that while, yes, some of those fears are real, it is also a place with very real problems — problems that should be fixed, rather than forgotten about like the buildings in this book.”

The book is available on Amazon.com and at Barnes & Noble and local bookstores.

Brooky, 27, also has an urban exploration YouTube channel called “Ruin Road.”

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