Motown Blues: What Next for Detroit

Source: Harley Shaiken, Dissent, Spring 2009
(subscription required)

For much of the twentieth century, Detroit was proudly known as the Motor City. Today, a drive up Woodward Avenue, its once bustling main street, takes you past abandoned buildings and debris-strewn lots. Landmarks of Detroit’s storied history, however, are still in evidence despite the devastation. About five miles north of the Detroit River are the remains of the Ford Highland Park plant. At this site in 1913, Henry Ford mated the Model T and the moving assembly line to put the world on wheels. A faded historical marker reminds us that “mass production soon moved from here to all phases of American industry and set the pattern of abundance for twentieth-century living.”

Leave a Reply