Detroit was the big motor city of the United States, as referenced by MoTown (MotorTown) records. Here General Motors used to produce most of their vehicles, as with other towns in Flint, who helped form the industrial backbone of the united states of America.
First Michigan Flint went in a scrupulous downsizing to Mexican factories. The tale was chronicled in Michael Moore’s Roger & Me, in which Moore tries to track down Roger Smith, the man responsible for the downsize and the economic devastation that shortly followed in the city.
Not long after, Detroit also lost their factories, and something that was integral to their city was gone, the factories from which their soul music took its name, in which one of the first music videos was shot, were closed down. That was the Supremes with Stop in the Name of Love, in which they were shot riding through the General Motors factory only a few weeks before it closed down.
A similar devastation fell on to Detroit as had in Flint, many were left unemployed, with limited possibilities. It led to mass evictions and a complete reshaping of the city. While it had previously been a busy happening destination, it was now growing increasingly derelict.
Many buildings are left derelict, certainly the factories that once provided the money to this town are all closed. There has been no interest from other companies, instead we are left with masses of land that is left to waste, it seems that Detroit may be a lost cause in terms of industrial investment.
Also sad is the closure of many concert halls, which used to hold a host of talent, and provide entertainment from world class performers. Duke Ellington used to frequent Detroit, unfortunately now there might not be anywhere for him to play.
If you want directions to see what happened to the American Dream in the age of globalization, go north on Woodward Avenue. When the empty sidewalks and spiffed-up ghosts of department stores give way to miles of vacant lots, piles of arsonists’ ash and ruined factories, you’ve hit your destination: Highland Park.
This first-ring suburb once boasted Chrysler’s headquarters, a Ford assembly plant and 20,000 industrial jobs. Fleeing Detroit taxes, Big Three executives built fancy homes here at the turn of the century. Behind six-foot high brick walls, their mansions lie unheated and crumbling. In 1908, Henry Ford’s assembly line was born here, in a 2.5 million- square-foot complex of reinforced concrete and glass.
There are some photos of what's left of Detroit Michigan. This city was the pride and joy of Americas auto manufacturers where skilled workers built some of the finest cars in the world.