Scenes from 1954 Detroit

Someone posted these clips of Detroit in 1954 to You Tube recently. In many ways, downtown looks much the same today as it did then. Most of the stores have closed, and some of the buildings have been lost to the wrecking ball, but the basic infrastructure hasn’t really changed. What’s missing are the crowds of people. While I don’t harbor any special nostalgia for the era (my first memory of Hudson’s was seeing it fall on live television), I’d still love to see the day when Detroit’s streets are once again bustling with crowds of people going about their daily business.

2 thoughts on “Scenes from 1954 Detroit

  1. Marisa

    I love these videos. They make me think of my grandparents visiting Detroit from Flint and being all dressed up because that’s what my grandparents did. Also, your site is working now, but you probably already checked that.

  2. Scott

    When I was a kid living in Detroit in the early 70′s I used to ask my Mother why the sidewalks were so wide. Now I know why.

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