Motor City - the nickname for Detroit, Michigan, founded in 1701.
In 1960, Detroit (with a population of 1.6 million) was the richest city in the United States. In 2013, Detroit (with a population of 690,000) declared bankruptcy. In between, it was most famous as the murder capital of the USA. Detroit's history is fascinating - from exhilarating, innovative and courageous - to tragic, dangerous and depressing. I'd like to tell you more in future posts.
Detroit is probably most famous for once being the heart of the American automotive industry (Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Dodge, Buick, Downing, Liberty, Lincoln, and the list goes on...) To get a truly American feeling for this city, you can watch this well-produced Superbowl commercial with Eminem.
The headquarters of General Motors is still in Detroit, in the beautiful Renaissance Center
It is also the original home of the record label Motown (Diana Ross, Jackson 5, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and the list goes on...) You can read more here.
In recent years, Detroit has been working on its comeback. And it's showing! There is every reason for Detroiters to be optimistic. Things are looking up.
For me, this colorful mural at Detroit's Eastern Market, with this sporty girl riding her bike by it, represented the new hope and dynamics of the city being revived.
Motor city with a bike rushing by? Ahhh I can see there is changes, good changes. No country or city can stop being creative. Before we look around it goes down. We should never install ourselves too comfortably. It's a wonderful happy mural fitting Detroit's uplift perfectly. Love the bike in the image showing "move". Excellent take.
The light looks warm for being in Detroit in the middle of winter. Which work out great for your photo because it really brighten up the color on the mural. The Mural does give the feeling of a new beginning and hope with it's vibrant colors and cheerful atmosphere with the tree and fruits growing and the butterflies and the speeding bike give it the motion of going forward...etc. Very powerful commercial without too many words just strong images...I would have love to go into advertising if I were younger.
Your brilliant image seems to have been caught in TOM change-over. This really is the most hopeful, recent image that I have seen of Detroit. The note is also excellent. Thank you.
plimrn (2019/01/11 21:38:09): So Sorry, I WAS thinking of you when I wrote, I don't know why I put in Barbara's name.Sistercosmo (2019/01/08 22:58:47): Hey Pat, glad you like it. Just wanted to remind you that I'm Linda. :))
The brightly painted mural shares all your enthusiasm for the city. I have never visited Detroit but read an interesting article last year that reminded me so much of East London (where I was born) regenerating end reinventing itself.
I like to see a bike in motor city. The right direction concerning mobility in cities. The dance around the golden calf called car and especially SUV simply is crazy and irresponsible ...
Your photo really is attractive and somehow fascinating. The lady on her bike adds a wonderful sense of motion, of dynamics, in the scenery and the colourful wall gives an additional somehow optimistic atmosphre.
Greetings from wet, grey and cold Westphalia!
yes, some towns lost the way when their main source of money is gone, it was the same with rio de janeiro, naples and many others.
very beautiful the colorful mural, looks very large and I liked the sense of movement and life gave by the biker.
I have seen the Super Bowl commercial 'live' while watching the half-time commercials. Very gripping and well done!
The image is the perfect example of what I call urban jungle. Typical for such a place is the security bars on the door.