Detroit man becomes Instagram hit by chronicling crumbling Motor City

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DETROITTony Majka has been chronicling Detroit’s blight epidemic in a unique and popular way.

Using the name Tony Detroit,” he takes smartphone photos of the city’s many abandoned structures and posts them to Instagram.

While most users on the photo-sharing site have dozens or maybe hundreds of followers, Tony Detroit’s simple shots of Detroit’s desolation have earned him over 300,000.

He’s been posting two to three photos a day, but Majka says he’s ready to slow down, putting up only one or two a week.

Majka says he’s “not making fun of” his hometown but is bringing “awareness to the beautiful architecture” of the decaying metropolis.

A longtime auto industry employee, Majka says taking photos of Detroit’s underbelly is “more entertaining” than his day job.


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