Photograph by Dan Austin,

Detroit’s most significant ruin pictured above, the famed Michigan Central Station, has been sitting vacant ever since the last train pulled out in 1988. Billionaire owner Matty Moroun, however, has been making some interesting moves recently with the building– replacing windows, apparently working on a new roof, and of course, as pictured above, running electrical in the building to turn the first floor lights on. While small and seemingly insignificant to the casual bystander, it marks the beginning of a potential transition to taking larger actions that could lead to a more significant renovation/re-development.

For more information on the history of the station, it’s best you order and read a copy of Dan Austin’s book (Dan was also featured in our film “After the Factory“) “Lost Detroit: Stories Behind the Motor City’s Majestic Ruins.” Click here to buy.

And becuase Dan’s a great guy, and I didn’t really ask him to post that photo above, you should consider supporting his latest book effort by contributing to his Kickstarter campaign. He’s a wonderful guy doing really awesome work in the city, and the depth of his Detroit wisdom is both confounding and exhilarating. By the way, there are some absolutely fantastic rewards to be had if you support his campaign. Do that here.