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    Detroit Has A Rich Auto History And More To Explore

    Everyone knows that there are a lot of cars in United State. When talking about cars, we cannot ignore Detroit which is the largest car center in USA. Detroit owes its one-time prosperity to the automobile industry, especially to Henry Ford. It is the city that people pay attention to.

    Since its 1950s heyday when Detroit was home to more than 2 million residents, the city has suffered some hard times. The city has been considered a national symbol of urban decay, the center of the so-called Rust Belt; its population has slipped to about one million.

    Luckily, thanks to the car industry boom of the mid-1990s, which make Detroit develop again. Detroit is now staging a steady comeback. It's not a Chicago or even a Cleveland, but the Motor City is culturally rich. Detroit's population is 80% black, making it a national center for African American culture.

    Detroit is situated in the flat plains of southeast Michigan, located deliberately on the Detroit River immediately north of Windsor, Canada - one of very few places where a Canadian city is south of its US neighbor. Not surprisingly, Detroit serves as a major gateway to the Great White North.

    The downtown of Detroit is dominated by the Renaissance Center, and seven huge circular glass towers along the Detroit River. The RenCen is surrounded by revitalized historic neighborhoods such as Greektown, all connected via an elevated train called the People Mover. Woodward Ave, the city's lifeline, runs north and south and was the first paved concrete highway in the country.

    Lots of people know that Cadillac's come from Detroit. But what they probably don't know is that Detroit came from a Cadillac. Enterprising French trader and explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac stumbled upon what is now Detroit in 1701, figuring it would make a good base from which to send furs to Canada.

    Detroit might have remained little more than a stomping ground for trader types had it not been for an ambitious industrialist named Henry Ford. Born on a farm in nearby Dearborn, Ford left for Detroit to establish the Ford Motor Company in 1903. Within five years he was mass producing cars and perfecting the assembly line. The assembly line inspired another Detroit innovation known as the United Auto Workers (UAW), who kicked off the industrial union movement from the 'Motor City.' Driven by the automobile's success, Detroit was the first city to have a paved concrete road, the first to install a traffic light and the USA's first to have an urban freeway.

    Said to have been in place as early as the colonial period, the height of Underground Railroad activity was between 1830 and 1865. Detroit was a major escape route because of its proximity to the Canadian border. The new arrivals brought with them the beginnings of jazz and blues music. From the late 1800s on, African-American musicians played an important role in Detroit's entertainment scene, and the city was the first to have an integrated musicians' union. Mississippi transplant John Lee Hooker recorded his first blues hits here in the 1940s. Hooker and his peers paved the way for Motown - the biggest American music phenomenon of this century and African-American Detroit's ticket to the big leagues.

    If want to know more information about the Detroit, you can have a visit on this car city. Travelers can relax with no doubt.

    By Keely Smith

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