Juxtaposed against the glitz of new cars beaming under camera lights at this month’s Detroit car show, now known as the North American International Auto Show, a trail of rusted cars sit abandoned across the city’s empty lots and front lawns. They have become the unofficial relics of Detroit’s former glory as an auto industry pioneer. But the annual auto show is one hint that a rebound is imminent as hopeful new financial investments are made, and the city exits from two years of bankruptcy.

Reuters photographer Joshua Lott recently documented a number of old cars that litter the cityscape, a commentary on a city devastated by financial mismanagement in the same year the United States sees one its best years in car sales since 2006.

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