Detroit's economic decay – Set in a futuristic Detroit plagued by financial ruin and economic decay, "RoboCop" -- made in 1987 -- relates how a no-nonsense cyborg law enforcer ends up policing the city's crime-ridden streets.
Detroit's economic decay – A view of downtown Detroit, looking south on Woodward Avenue. The Rust Belt city's emergency manager Kevin Orr filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy July 18, 2013, making Detroit the largest city to file for bankruptcy in U.S. history.
Detroit's economic decay – RoboCop screenwriter Ed Neumeier told CNN that the car industry provided inspiration for the film. Detroit is considered the heart of the U.S. auto industry with Ford and General Motors both headquartered in Motor City.
Detroit's economic decay – The General Motors (GM) world headquarters building stands tallest amidst the Renaissance Center in the skyline of Detroit's downtown.
Detroit's economic decay – Downtown Detroit is shown July 19, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit owes its approximately 100,000 creditors between $18 and $20 billion.
Detroit's economic decay – Today, Detroit is a shadow of the economic boomtown it once was. With a population of just over 700,000, the metropolis is suffering from a 16% unemployment rate.
Detroit's economic decay – Derelict buildings, deserted neighborhoods and empty factories litter the suburbs of Detroit, once considered the economic boomtown on the U.S. in the 1950s.