The Return of the Roaring 20s Revival: Back in the Old Routine?

The Disposable Downtown? Detroit is resurrecting century-old buildings while toppling the newer 1970s eye sores

Joseph Serwach
Leadership Culture

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The old Michigan Central Train Depot, built in 1914 and previously an empty example of “urban ruin” since the 1980s, was never fully utilized after it was built (passenger train traffic shrunk rather than grew). Still, Ford Motor Co. has completely renovated the property as a development hub for future automotive goals like autonomous vehicles-image by Helmut Ziewers courtesy of MichiganCentral.com.
The old Michigan Central Train Depot, built in 1914 and previously an empty example of “urban ruin” since the 1980s, was never fully utilized after it was built (passenger train traffic shrunk rather than grew). Still, Ford Motor Co. has completely renovated the property as a development hub for future automotive goals like autonomous vehicles—image by Helmut Ziewers courtesy of MichiganCentral.com.

It’s out with the new and in with the old in Detroit. Its 1974 icon soared and sank, while its 1914 icon was ignored, resurrected, restored, and revived.

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Joseph Serwach
Leadership Culture

Story + Identity = Mission. Leadership Culture, Journalism, Branding Education. Inspiration: Catholic, Polish. https://serwachjoe.medium.com/membership