Sinking under huge debts and decades of mismanagement, Detroit formally filed for bankruptcy on Thursday, becoming the biggest US city ever to take such a drastic measure. Full story.
Photos fro our gallery of Detroit in decay:
  1. A pedestrian walks past graffiti in downtown Detroit Credit: Carlos Osorio/AP
  2. Downtown Detroit looking south along Woodward Avenue including several buildings recently purchased by the Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert Credit: Rebecca Cook/Reuters
  3. A person walks past the remains of the Packard Motor Car Company, which ceased production in the late 1950s Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images NA