You can see a fascinating glimpse of the Detroit of years ago. You do have to use your imagination, however. Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre have taken extraordinary photographs documenting the dramatic decline of a major American city. You can see the photographs at http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2011/jan/02/photography-detroit#
I find it interesting that we have to go to a British web site to see these pictures of a once-proud American city.