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Magnificent Detroit

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[View at head of Belle Isle Park, Detroit, Mich.]
Detroit was the Silicon Valley of the late 19th and the first half of 20th century. The city grew into a hub of commerce and industry spread along Jefferson Avenue, with multiple manufacturing firms taking advantage of the transportation resources afforded by the river and a parallel rail line.
Around the start of the 20th century, numerous entrepreneurs in the Detroit area forged into a production of the automobile, capitalizing on the already-existing machine tool and coach-building industry in the city. A thriving trade set the stage for the work of Henry Ford, whose automobile Highland Park Ford Plant in 1910 revolutionized not only automobile manufacturing but virtually created the concept the assembly line and mass production.
Historic Gilded Age gave rise to upscale neighborhoods, including the Boston-Edison, Indian Village, and Palmer Woods. In 1930s, with the factories came high-profile labor unions. The labor activism during those years increased the influence of union leaders in the city such as Jimmy Hoffa of the Teamsters and Walter Reuther of the Autoworkers.
The city became the 4th-largest in the nation in 1920, after only New York City, Chicago and Philadelphia, with the influence of the booming auto industry. The Great Depression was devastating for Detroit, as sales of automobiles plunged and there were large-scale layoffs at all industrial enterprises. Major Murphy insisted that no one would go hungry, and set up the Mayor's Unemployment Committee that set up relief soup kitchens and potato gardens.
From 1942 to 1945, production of commercial automobiles in the city ceased entirely, as its factories were used instead to construct M5 tanks, jeeps, and B-24 bombers for the Allies. By 1945, Detroit was running out of space for new factories. The postwar years 1945-70 brought high levels of prosperity as the automobile industry had its most prosperous quarter-century.
Detroit, like many places in the United States, developed racial conflict and discrimination following rapid demographic changes as hundreds of thousands of workers were attracted to the industrial city. In the 1970s and 1980s dozens of violent street gangs gained control of the city's large drug trade, which began with the heroin epidemic of the 1970s when the crimes became increasingly more destructive. Hundreds of vacant homes across the city were set ablaze by arsonists. The number of fires was reduced only by razing thousands of abandoned houses - 5,000 in 1989-90 alone.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the city began to experience a revival, much of it centered in Downtown, Midtown, and New Center.
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Belle Isle Park, Detroit
Fountain, Grand Circus Park, Detroit
Post Office, Detroit
Hotel Cadillac, Washington Ave. [i.e. Boulevard], Detroit, Mich.
Palmer Park, light house
[Water Works Park, Hurlbut Memorial Gate, Detroit, Mich.]
Majestic Building, Detroit
Water Works Park, Detroit, lake with fountain
Car ferry, Transport, Detroit River
Car ferry turning in ice, Detroit River
Detroit n.e. from Chamber of Commerce
Detroit River ferry boat in ice
Water Works Park
Soldiers' [and Sailors'] Monument, Detroit
First Presbyterian Church, Detroit
Russell House, Detroit
Ferryboat, Detroit
Bridge in woods, Belle Isle, Detroit
Palmer Park, the lake
[Water Works Park]
Car ferry, Transport, Detroit River
Car ferry, Michigan Central, entering slip, Detroit River
The Pavilion, Belle Isle [Park]
Skating pavilion, Belle Isle [Park], Detroit
Canoeing at Belle Isle, Detroit
Car ferry turning in ice, Detroit River
Palmer Park, pavilion
Casino (park side), Belle Isle, Detroit
The Lake, Water Works Park, Detroit
[Detroit, Mich., Washington Blvd., fountain of ice]
Casino, Palmer Park, Detroit
Residence of Mr. A.L. Stevens, Detroit
Lake in Palmer Park, Detroit, The
Hurlburt Library, Water Works Park, Detroit
Belle Isle ferry dock, Woodward Av., Detroit
Bit of Canadian shore, Belle Isle Park, Detroit
Woodward Avenue at the Campus Martius, Detroit
Garland Ferry
Water Works tower, Detroit
Water Works Park, Detroit
Gate at Water Works Park, Detroit
[Gray, Toynton and Fox Building]
First Congregational Church, Detroit
Water Works Park, Detroit
[Detroit, Mich., Woodward Ave. looking south]
Concert day, Belle Isle Park, Detroit
Belle Isle bridge approach, Detroit
Road on Belle Isle Park, Detroit
State Savings Bank, Detroit
D.B.C.Y. [Detroit Boat Club Yacht] regatta : #18 & #19 at the finish
Detroit Boat Club, Belle Isle [Park]
Belle Isle Park, Detroit
Bridge in the woods, Belle Isle Park, Detroit
Bridge on Belle Isle Park, Detroit
A Canal on Belle Isle, Detroit
Belle Isle Park, Detroit
Skating pavilion, Belle Isle [Park], Detroit
Log cabin, Palmer Park, Detroit
Hurlburt [i.e. Hurlbut] Gate, Water Works Park, Detroit
[Detroit, Mich., Conservatory, Belle Isle Park]
Lake and skating pavilion, Belle Isle Park, Detroit
[Detroit, Mich., fountain in Clark Park]
Hurlburt Gate, Water Works Park, Detroit
Belle Isle ferry dock, Woodward Av., Detroit
[Ferry dock on Bois Blanc Island, commonly known as Boblo Island]
Detroit on the ways
Water Works Park Library, Detroit
Bath house, Belle Isle Park, Detroit
A Canal on Belle Isle, Detroit
[Detroit, Mich., skating at Belle Isle]
[Detroit, Mich., residence of Henry Russel (side view)]
Detroit Yacht Club, Belle Isle
Fountain in Water Works Park, Detroit
Water Works Park, Detroit
Launching of the Detroit
Casino, Palmer Park, Detroit
Woodward Avenue, north from Warren Avenue, Detroit, Mich.
Detroit Boat Club, Belle Isle [Park]
U.S. cruiser Detroit
[Hotel Cadillac, dining room, Detroit, Mich.]
[State Savings Bank, Detroit, Mich.]
[Hotel Cadillac, Detroit, Mich.]
[State Savings Bank, Detroit, Mich.]
[Skating on Belle Isle Park, Detroit, Mich.]
[Russell House, Detroit, Mich.]
[Hotel Cadillac, Red Room, Detroit, Mich.]
[State Savings Bank, Detroit, Mich.]
[Cafe at the Russell House, Detroit, Mich.]
[Belle Isle Park, Detroit, Mich.]
[State Savings Bank, Detroit, Mich.]
[State Savings Bank, Detroit, Mich.]
[State Savings Bank, Detroit, Mich.]
[D.M. Ferry & Co. building]
[State Savings Bank, Detroit, Mich.]
[The Casino, Belle Isle Park, Detroit, Mich.]
[State Savings Bank, Detroit, Mich.]
[State Savings Bank, Detroit, Mich.]
[The Lily pond, Belle Isle Park, Detroit, Mich.]
[State Savings Bank, Detroit, Mich.]
[State Savings Bank, Detroit, Mich.]
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