A few years ago, these were people's homes.
The struggles in Flint, Michigan, go far beyond the water crisis.
From the Bronx to Buffalo, cities and towns in New York have been plagued by what are commonly called zombie properties. These are homes that residents abandon -- often after they have received a foreclosure notice -- which then languish, uncared-for, until the foreclosure process is complete.
When we see a home left vacant for decades, we usually just register what's on the surface -- incredible architecture, moldering wallpaper and the odd personal trinket or two.
One blogger revisits the home of her great-grandparents and comes back with a poignant story of time passing.