BOOM! Here we are checkin’ out the fascinating symbol of urban decline in Detroit, Michigan, the Michigan Central Station, aka, the MCS. This baby opened in January of 1914. . .it was a key stop for folks traveling by train from various points in New York to various points in and around Chicago. . .it was a main destination for folks doing business in and around Detroit–and there was lots of business to do in the auto, steel, banking, and manufacturing industries that helped America thrive through WWII and beyond. . .then in the 1950s the building started its slow decline as automobiles and airplanes changed the way that Americans were traveling around the country. Businesses pulled out and Detroit did not adjust fast enough leading us to the town we see today–with this building still standing to represent the dramatic decline here. The MCS attempted to evolve and change numerous times, but the decline continued throughout the 60s, 70s, and 80s until the whole thing came to a halt and was shut down as the last train pulled out on January 5, 1988.
Since then vandals, squatters, graffiti artists, homeless people, etc. have been the main residents of MCS. Today the building is owned by a billionaire dude called Matty Maroun. . .he wants to redevelop the property, but no one knows what would really work here: casino, hotel, homeland security offices, grand museum, etc. or tear it down–it is on the National Historic Register so this is hard to do. . .no one knows what to do, and, more importantly, no one wants to pull the trigger on spending hundreds of millions of bucks to make it over into something only potentially viable. Of course, this, too, shall pass. . .yes, but to what?
Come to Detroit on an adventure visit, eat a coney island hot dog or three at Lafayette Coney Island, eat some BBQ at Slow’s, and take some photos of the Michigan Central Station. . .it may not be here much longer, or it may become something even more fascinating than before.
I send you cyclical vibes from MCS. . .feel them. . .they are part of all of us.
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It’s lovely out there.