A quarter-century after becoming a radioactive human-free zone, the Chernobyl region has returned to nature. Sadly, Detroit is going through the same transformation owing to it's shrinking population — as Google's sobering Historical Street View demonstrates.

There's a heartbreaking tumblr dedicated to this subject, GooBing Detroit. Check out this series of photos from 2009 to 2013 on Exeter between Seven Mile and Penrose in northern Detroit.

The following series of photos shows a house (at center) which sold for $80,000 in 2005. Now, only one property on the block is currently assessed at more than $15,000.

It doesn't take long for vegetation to take over, does it? These images were taken from 2007-2013:

Much more at GooBing Detroit.

[ h/t Google Earth Blog ]