Near the intersection of Griswold and State Street in downtown Detroit, Capitol Park is still there…kinda. Since the newly built Rosa Parks Transit Center, this is no longer used as a transportation center. The city of Detroit plans to somehow lure in business now by “redeveloping” this little plot of land.
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Cool shot showing the intersection of two of Detroit‘s main arteries. This is during the Construction of the Ford Freeway (I-94) at Woodward. the snow on the ground means this was probably taken sometime between August and June. Definitely not July – no snow in July.
Belle Isle – supposedly the jewel of Detroit (quite unpolished…) taken in 1923. You can see the Belle Isle Bridge as well as the long gone Electric Park in the background.
This is a map of the bus routes in 1924. Notice how lonely Alter Road looks way out on the eastside… The remnants of the end of that bus route can be found today in an alley behind Ye Olde Taproom, along with one of the best beer selections in Detroit. That alley also forms the border between Detroit and Grosse Pointe – not Alter Road as many believe.
Due to heavy congestion on Davison, part of Davison Avenue was turned into Davison Freway – the first of it’s kind in the United States. This was the section that runs through Highland Park going form the Eastside of Detroit to the Westside of Detroit, cutting directly through Highland Park near Woodward.
Here’s a great shot of what Davison looked like somewhere on the west side of Detroit back in 1941. Anyone that has been on Davison lately might not recognize it without the bodies in the street.