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The Ruins of Once Famous Automobile Capital (25 pics)

Posted by djkirsh in Pictures   27 Dec 2010   / 16046 views

In the late 19 century, Detroit had its own industrial revolution. Strategically located along the Great Lakes waterway, Detroit emerged as a transportation hub. In 1896, a thriving carriage trade prompted Henry Ford to build his first automobile in a rented workshop on Mack Avenue.
In 1903, Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company and in 1913, Ford implemented a large-scale assembly line to manufacture the Model T automobile at his Highland Park plant. 
Detroit was even referred to as the Paris of the West for its architecture, and for Washington Boulevard, recently electrified by Thomas Edison.Ford's manufacturing—and those of automotive pioneers William C. Durant, the Dodge brothers, Packard, and Walter Chrysler—reinforced Detroit's status as the world's automotive capital.

For the first time in history, the large number of people were able to dramatically grow rich. Monumental skyscrapers and eye-catching neighborhoods showed the wealth of the city. Detroit became a representative of the American dream.


Thousands of people come here in search of work. And by the 1950’s the city's population had reached nearly 2 million people. Detroit ranked fourth among the largest cities in the U.S..


In the beginning of the 1950’s, the factories started to be moved to the periphery of Detroit. The middle class started to leave downtown and move to the suburbs. Industrialization began to decline, the segregation of the population became more pronounced. In 1967, social tensions resulted in the strongest urban riot in American history. People began to leave the city en masse, leaving the whole city districts empty. Old buildings in downtown were deserted, and within 50 years, Detroit has lost more half of its population.


Being the industrial capital of the twentieth century, Detroit has played a fundamental role in shaping the modern world, and now has become a real ghost town. Ruins are a natural part of the urban landscape.


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Comments (12):

2Cool4Ice 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
There should be an extra catogorie on izismile with old left out buildings
You can't get lost if you follow your own path
acid 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
detroit techno
martin 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Is that in Russia? :-)
Sigh 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
That's what happens when nepotism and uncontrolled leftist ideology run a city long enough.
Ruins are an old uninhabited place sometimes but Detroit looks like this today and that is where people live Detroit is always busy and full of people I live in Detroit my whole life and live outside the destroyed city no one wants to fix those pics of buildings the buildings have been condemned for over 20 years with no intent to ever fix. Welcome to the motor city Detroit. oh and half the population is still there or half of that and they are all called homeless living in 100's of vacant buildings cold and hungry all the homeless shelters are beyond full with a 1 year waiting list,,
I tried taking some homeless to the shelters to hear how full they are. :(
Jayzen Freeze!
Cziczaki 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
martin ---> Idiot? Read the text. It's in America.
everywherist 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
So it is the leftists who sourced the factories to cheaper countries and cause the growing unbalance of import/export that will soon pull the US way under? Check...
dede 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
like in Fallout...
lolzz 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
it sure looks like Russia!!
KeitZer 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
lol, like in Fallout indeed... i finished New Vegas twice and this totally reminded me of it
mj 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
detroit techno forever
4down2 5 year s ago MARK AS SPAM
Ghost town...something like off a movie or something ?