A window on 'forgotten America': More fascinating images of country's poorest communities from Google Street View
But one artist is forcing people to take a closer look at the often ignored places hit with financial struggles over the years.
Using Google Street View, Doug Rickard was able to capture images from states all over the U.S including Michigan, California, Arkansas and New Jersey - without ever leaving his own home.
Using the internet tool, California-born Rickard roamed America's streets for snapshots of run-down neighbourhoods.
The thought-provoking images paint a stark picture of the places stuggling to get by following the economic recession.