Greatly enjoyed reading this book, which includes many fascinating and rare photographs of Detroit during forty dramatic years. The writing about the city is informative and evocative and filled with local color. One only wishes that that it was even more comprehensive. Much could be said about Detroit in these years, about the automobile industry that made the city world renowned, its captains of industry and labor, its institutions, remarkable churches, theaters, famous restaurants, schools, museums and its many diverse cultures and neighborhods. Still, this is a delightful and valuable introduction to a great city, which I will treasure and refer to time and again.
David Lee Poremba is an excellent writer. He features wonderful photos of Detroit and clearly explains the history associated with the photo. The most enjoyable part is he includes a few lighthearted comments along the way. Reading this book is like having an old friend explain how things were back in the day.
I have ordered several of these, since I am a Detroiter. These relate my grandparents lives, and are very interesting. Loved it. I share these with grown grand children who never knew the Detroit I remember.
Bought this for my father in law whois 85. He has really enjoyed this because he has lived all his life in Detroit. It is a walk down memory lane. I am anxiously awaiting my turn to look at it. Great period pictures.
I bought this book and 'Cruising Woodward Avenue' as conversation starters in case things got too quiet at our first family reunion. We ended up not needing them for that purpose, but they still were fun to look and reminisce....
Amazon is sending me two books at two different prices. When I found one for 16.00 I cancelled the 20.00 book. I only purchased two books> One a gift to England thaT IS OK
Amazon states to contact the seller (the seller is Amazon) and gives a message TOO LATE to Change order. I will stop payment of the sendon book (duplicate) to ASmazon on my charge card. Who the hell do trhey think they arte
Looking at this book I must say that San Francisco is on its way to share the same faith as Detroit. Some SF Downtown areas are already "no go" zones, tourists are being shot when they come out of the theatre, "drive-by" shootings in the Haight Asbury and "murder and mayhem" in other former once quiet residential neighborhoods. The city is becoming more and more like Oakland and Berkeley.
The interesting fact is that the killers in many instances purchased their guns and ammunition with money they receive from the city (plus of course free housing, free food, medical services and free drugs). Even dog food and dog walkers are paid by the city - courtesy of PAWS. No one dares to speak up and the city supervisors look the other way. Some neighborhood events are cancelled. For example there were several murders a couple of years in a row on "Castro Street Halloween". The suspects from Hunters Point and/or Oakland were found and arrested but let go free. Following the cities liberal spirits, the killers were found but not tried since the police could not find the murder weapons. In order not to "upset" these nice folks from "Hunters Point" or Oakland, the city decided not to allow any more Halloween parties on Castro Street! The same happened during the "Pink Saturday" festivities two years ago. Again, "murder and mayhem" and the killer walked because the police lost the evidence.
What I fondly remember was the public alarm siren after the sentencing of the "Oscar Mehserle" trial (which had been moved to Los Angels for security reasons). The city-wide public announcement at 11:45 AM on November 05, 2010 reminded me what things might have been during Wold War II. That public address announcement warned San Franciscans to "stay home" and to "leave the place of work because" because of potential riots. As it turned out, there were no riots in San Francisco - but in Oakland - very much like the brutal Watts riots in 1965 and the Rodney King Riots in 1992, both in Los Angeles.
Very much like in Detroit, Chicago, New Orleans, Los Angeles (and other similar affected cities in the US) affluent people flee the deteriorating city center and set up home in the suburbs. To quote a line from the fabulous John Waters movie "Hairspray": Motormouth Maybelle: [watching Edna walk in] If we get any more white people in here, this is gonna be a suburb.