Once known as the “Motor City,” Detroit was a bustling city with lots of activity and life and was not always the wasteland that it is today. It was actually a self-sustaining society before the auto industry crashed, plummeting the city into extreme urban decay and economic decline. Formerly known as the home of America’s major automobile manufacturing companies, Detroit’s economy was primarily influenced by rich automobile companies. In 1903, The Ford Motor Company was found and subsequently General Motors in 1908 . The company and the rest of the auto industry paved a road for the Detroiters; people were able to get jobs as manufacturers of key parts that are essential to the assembly line production of cars, trucks, and other automobiles. However, race riots in 1967, followed by 1970s oil crisis would signal the start of urban decline for the city which was actually nicknamed the “murder capital of the U.S.” in 1974 . A few decades afterwards, the auto industry crashed because U.S. companies lost market share to foreign manufacturer companies that were innovating popular automobiles a whole lot quicker. As a result, fewer manufacturing factories were left, consequently leading to less tax revenue for Detroit. Much of the city’s population fled the city, leaving behind the abandoned infrastructure of Detroit including (but is not limited to) houses, hotels, and office buildings. The surrounding landscape of present-day Detroit is representative of a farmland or a prairie due to its seemingly long and never-ending road of grass and flat-land but it merely masks the abandoned buildings.
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