Week 6: Motor City – Detroit Community-Engaged Research Program

Week 6: Motor City

In my opinion Detroit is one of the most interesting city’s in regards to culture. It is interesting to see how you are almost guaranteed to meet someone from the city who has worked with or knows someone who has worked under General Motors and Ford. Even my first job ever was at the Ford Piquette Plant Museum (here is the link to their website https://www.fordpiquetteplant.org) which was the birthplace of Model-T and houses the majority of the Henry Ford’s car models dating back to the very first car model he sold. I highly recommend visiting if you are interested in cars and learning more about Henry Ford himself. The museum is the actual factory where he built the cars and you can view inside of his office and there is a hidden area that is now uncovered that is discussed at the very end of the tour of the building so if you want to learn about it be sure to visit! Also, I always see older models on cars driving throughout downtown which are owned by other Detroiters and not the city. I remember I used to love visiting car shows Downtown and seeing the past and present generations of cars and trucks. Detroit truly is a motor city!

2 thoughts on “Week 6: Motor City”

  1. This is such an interesting phenomenon! I can attest that it has been the same in my experience! Both of my grandfathers worked for Ford, many long-time Michigan families seem to have some sort of tie to the car industry and it seems to be especially so here in Detroit!

  2. Thank you so much for talking about this Jazzmyn. In a lot of ways, Detroit is kind of built on the back of the car industry. Just like Rose, both of my grandfathers worked for Ford. For them, and for so many others, it was just an opportunity to provide for their families. But, as cool as cars can be, it’s becoming more and more obvious that they’re not sustainable. And that kind of begs the question – if the car industry is so baked into this city, what happens to Detroit when the world moves on from the car industry?

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