Detroit is a strange abnormality sitting on the cusp of total internal collapse and the shores of Windsor, Canada. To me, it’s home. As much as I hate the internal bickering constant at every civic meeting, the “Mile Roads” and the confusing route of “Outer Drive” all the way down to Jefferson Ave make this a city easy to believe in and impossible to succeed.
Despite the nonsense going on with the leaders of the city, I would like to remind everyone of the rich history and groundbreaking sights and sounds Detroit is home to.
Above: Woodward Avenue between Larned & Jefferson on March 25th, 1956. Note the Kern’s building in the background.
Above: Woodward and Fort Street, June 19th, 1952
Above: Street car along Woodbridge and Atwater by an old Vernor’s delivery truck
Above: The (John C.) Lodge expressway on December 4th, 1950. Note the New York Central steam locomotive going to the Michigan Central Station.
Above: Davison Avenue in 1940.
Above: Davison Expressway in November 1942 – the first paved expressway in the United States.
Above: Detroit Motor Bus route in 1924. (Note the “east-side” city limit is Helen Street – 5 miles from downtown.)
Above: Belle Isle Motor Coach Station in 1923 (Belle Isle is an island in the Detroit River.) You can see Thomas Edison’s “Electric Park” in the background.
Above: Capitol Park Bus station in 1963.
Above: Construction of the Edsel Ford Freeway (I-94) at Woodward.
Detroit had the busiest intersection in the world at one point in time. Long before New York, LA and London, the city which created every American car drove on these same roads.
Above: Woodward Avenue between 6 and 7 mile roads in 1908.
Above: Woodward Avenue between 6 and 7 mile roads in 1909 – making Woodward the United States’ first paved road made for automobiles.
Above: the busiest intersection in the world: Woodward and Michigan Avenue in 1920.
Above: Shoppers wait for the streetcar on Woodward and State streets on November 25th, 1949.