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As I showed in the other Studebaker shot the old site completely burned to the ground. Two days later they were still trying to put out the hot spots. Here a firefighter enters the site, apparently going on duty to relieve someone from the previous shift.

So many of Detroit's fine buildings from the past have gone up in flame. Others sit decaying and falling apart while others have deliberately been torn down only to be replaced by asphalt parking lots. It's sad to see so much of the past lost, especially in a city that was at one time the most productive in the world. Only 50 years ago industry still thrived and the city bustled with 2 million people. But today only 900,000 people remain and only a fraction of the industry.

As I was going home I heard Jimmy Ruffin's MoTown classic "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted" on the radio as I drove past neighborhoods that have almost completely disappeared and have been forgotten. Even MoTown abandoned the city and headed for Hollywood. So I decided the song title suited the scene here. Especially since there were people here who cared enough for the city to become firefighters.

I placed a cropped version in the workshop but decided on this since it shows the full scale of the scene he’s approaching.

"What Becomes of the Broken Hearted"
Jimmy Ruffin

As I walk this land of broken dreams
I have visions of many things
But happiness is just an illusion
Filled with sadness and confusion

What becomes of the broken hearted
Who had love that's now departed
I know I've got to find
Some kind of peace of mind
Maybe

The roots of love grow all around
But for me they come a tumblin' down
Every day heartaches grow a little stronger
I can't stand this pain much longer

I walk in shadows
Searching for light
Cold and alone
No comfort in sight
Hoping and praying for someone to care
Always moving and going nowhere

What becomes of the broken hearted
Who had love that's now departed
I know I've got to find
Some kind of peace of mind
Help me

I'm searching though I don't succeed
But someone look, there's a growing need
All is lost, there's no place for beginning
All that's left is an unhappy ending
Now what becomes of the brokenhearted
Who had love that's now departed
I know I've got to find
Some kind of peace of mind
I'll be searching everywhere
Just to find someone to care

I'll be looking everyday
I know I'm gonna find a way
Nothing's gonna stop me now
I'll find a way somehow
I'll be searching everywhere

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