Photographer's Note

Grand Boulevard, passing under this bridge, was a loop built around the city of Detroit as a carriageway for the elite to take Sunday rides in the country before the coming of the automobiles. On the west side it's lined with some very nice mini-mansions. As it approaches the center of the city, Woodward Avenue, there were some nice apartment and hotels built. The Fisher Building and former General Motors HQ are on Grand Boulevard in this area. On the east side several factories built long after the street broke up the continuity as it also passed through several working class neighborhoods. This was one. Today most of the Boulevard is not so grand and its buildings are abandoned, sub-divided and or looted for materials.

A little closer view of the former Packard Plant reveals more decay than the previously posted panorama. A lot of the stripping is visible in this shot. Windows, doors and entire parts of walls are missing, either stolen for material or just collapsed as a result. Even the box on the corner was not spared stripping. I'm not sure if it was some kind of control box, for a long lost light, or a telephone. Whatever it was only the box remains.

As an added note just yesterday some looters were helping themselves to bricks from an abandoned church no more than a mile from here. They attached a cable from their truck to the wall and pulled and the entire wall came down, knocking down a power pole and causing hundreds to lose power.

A second loop was constructed in the 1950s called Outer Drive. It stayed mostly at the edge of Detroit and the inner suburbs. By the 1980s the city had gone even farther and the expressway bypasses of I-275 and I-696 were built and are the current loops, some 15 to 30 miles out. And the city goes far beyond that now.

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Additional Photos by Paul Mastrogiacomo (pamastro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2679 W: 164 N: 2696] (7296)
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