These Pictures Of Vintage Detroit Will Surprise You

Published March 12, 2015
Updated February 28, 2018
Welcome to Detroit

Source: Governing

In spite of its infrastructure, landmarks and cultural significance, the city is not immortal. Detroit is no exception. While rebounding in some areas, for the most part 21st century Detroit remains a mere shadow of its former self. Once known for powering most of the country, Detroit lost its steam and 70% of its population in the last 60 years and had to declare bankruptcy in 2013 to stay afloat.

Belle Isle 1905
Vintage Detroit Michigan Central Station
Downtown Detroit in 1915
Highland Park in Detroit
These Pictures Of Vintage Detroit Will Surprise You
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A testament to globalization's impacts, it's hard to imagine that this overwhelming mass of abandoned buildings and empty streets was once considered the Silicon Valley of America.

But for now, forget about the slums, high crime rates and urban graveyards and think back to the days when Detroit symbolized the indomitable power of American industry and labor.

Kiri Picone
Bay Area transplant Kiri Picone is a writer and marketer who loves bizarre news and the color purple.