in the Rust Belt

I spent some time in Detroit recently and took a day to visit some of the closed public schools there. Nearly 30 public schools sit empty in Detroit, having been closed due to budget cuts. Many of the closed schools were left unsecured and subsequently have been vandalized and torn apart by thieves looking for scrap metal.

What's left behind among the debris and destruction are reminders of the students who attended school there - stacks of textbooks rotting in standing water, faded writing on blackboards and empty classrooms littered with broken desks.