Detroit is one of the most famous cities in the United States because it has a rich and interesting history, including its position at the forefront of the United States’ industrial history. It was a major player in the auto industry for decades, and it is now looking to get back on its feet by re-establishing itself as a center for innovative manufacturing.
Detroit’s roots are in the fur trade, which started with French explorers in the 1600s. From there, it became an important transportation hub and frontier outpost as American settler pushed West. Detroit’s population exploded and it became one of America’s most populous cities by 1920.
The automotive industry played a large role in Detroit’s growth until recently when companies began moving to other parts of the country or overseas where labor is cheaper. Manufacturing jobs have been leaving Detroit for decades, and now they make up
Detroit is the largest city in the state of Michigan, and is home to a number of automobile companies. In the early 20th century Detroit was one of the wealthiest cities in the world. But as African-Americans migrated to Detroit, and as factories were relocated to other parts of the United States, Detroit’s population became poorer and poorer
In 1967, civil unrest broke out in Detroit following years of tensions between black residents and white police officers. Residents may have been reacting to a number of incidents that combined to produce what we now call “the long hot summer.” One event was an arrest for loitering outside a bar; when the person arrested was taken into custody he was severely beaten by police inside their patrol car.
Facts about Detroit
1 On average, one person in Detroit consumes at least seven pounds of potato chips annually.
2 It is the only U.S. city where you can look in the south direction at Canada.
3 It was the first city in the world to allocate private phone numbers.
4 Legend has it that James Vernor from Detroit, the creator of America’s oldest ginger ale brand Vernors Ginger Ale, created a drink and left it in a keg after being called to serve in the war. On coming back, the keg had transformed his drink into the famous ginger ale.
5 The city has 1,500 acres of salt mines 1,200 feet underneath it.
6 It is home to the only floating post office in the U.S., J.W. Wescott II, which holds the first floating ZIP code of 48222.
7 It is home to the second largest theatre district in the United States, second only to New York City.
8 Its origin is Campus Martius Park. You can see the origin on a plague placed at the intersection of Woodward and Monroe, outside of Fountain Bistro.
9 It is home to the first international car tunnel, the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, which connects the U.S. and Canada.
10 In 1909, Detroit became the first city in the world to have a concrete-paved road. At the time, the one-mile stretch costed $13,000, which is equivalent to $340,000.
11. Detroit is the original home of Techno. Detroit high school buddies, Derrick May, Juan Atkins, and Kevin Saunderson, are considered the founders of Techno. The three recorded and released Techno music under aliases “Magic Juan and Flintstones” for Atkins, “Kaos” for Kevin, and “Mayday and R-Tyme” for Derrick. In the 80’s, it was a widely underground movement, but quickly gained traction and spread across Europe.
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How Detroit Went From A Booming Metropolis To A Shrinking City
Reviving Detroit looks at how the city went from the richest in the U.S. to the most poverty stricken. Detroit’s population is at nearly a quarter of what it was at its peak, and despite a recent wave of gentrification, the city is still struggling with rampant crime, a failing school system and swaths of vacant land.
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