Detroit

In keeping with our “road geek” tour of the US presidential primaries, we at CatSynth visit the city of Detroit, Michigan:

And the winners of today's Michigan primaries are…well, it doesn't really matter. This is really just an excuse to explore a place that I think is fascinating.

One would expect “motor city” to have quite a network of freeways. Well, it's not quite Los Angeles, but in the 1950s and 1960s it was quite impressive, and can be seen on this Detroit Freeways site. I am particularly fond of this photo of the interchange between I-75 (Fisher Freeway) and the Chrysler Freeway. It has the 1960s “futuristic” look, which some of us may look back upon fondly. (Click on the photo for larger version.)

So much from that era has fallen into decay, and that is perhaps no more visible than in Detroit. Indeed, a favorite site of mine is The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit. For whatever reason, these “ruins” from the 20th century fascinate me, especially those that we in their time “modern.” I highly recommend this site!

And I would also like to visit Detroit and its ruins some day.

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2 Responses to “Detroit”

  1. Andrée Says:

    Been there, driven that. It wasn't awful, but I'm glad I don't live there. I am glad I escaped it. That photo of the interchanges was a great look back. It still looks like that.

  2. LA Headshot Photography Says:

    :P O M G ! 1960S RUINS? I REMEMBER WHEN THEY WERE UNDER CONSTRUCTION!
    THOSE "MODERN" FREEWAYS WERE THE GREATEST THING TO BE GETTING BUILT SINCE THEY STARTED BOTTLING COCOA COLA !
    I LEARNED HOW TO DRIVE AT HIGH SPEED ON THE FREEWAY BY OUR HOUSE THAT HAD OPENED UP AND DIDN'T YET HAVE TRAFFIC ON IT!
    NOW THEIR 1960S RUINS. THEY DID HAVE SOME GOOD DESIGN TO THEM AT THAT TIME THOUGH! TODD