The city of Detroit is a reflection of what the US economy has been struggling with over the last few years. Bankruptcy, crime, displacement of citizens, and also scrap metal theft. In this New York Times article, you can follow the journey of those most affected by the economic downtime and how it has affected them.
A homeless man on the North End by the name of Robert Jones Jr. has been getting by with the scraps of metal he has been able to find and cash in on in Detroit. Recently he was picked up and charged with scrap metal theft of the property he was stealing from. The reality of his life leading up to that day, has given him no other choices than to Lead a life with scrap metal recycling. Read more about his story here.