Left: Detroit Waterfront Skyline 1920. Source: ebay.com Right: Detroit Waterfront Skyline 2012. Souce: matrixhumanservices.net
Detroit "They have had an enormous impact, It would be hard to imagine a family in America that has done more for a community than what the Fords have done for Detroit." -Robert McCabe(President of Detroit Renaissance 1971-1972) Detroit Free Press March, 12, 2003
The mark that Ford left behind on Detroit is perhaps the biggest legacy ever by a single person for a city.
His own personal name and family name is nearly everywhere in Detroit.
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"This paper, however examines the moto-city of Detroit in Michigan, and how this region was developed
and transformed from simple to sophisticated, from an era of poverty to an era of many new industries, particularly the car- industry. It is important to show how fast this development happened and why it changed the lifes of so many people between the years of 1900 and 1920. Responsible for the enormous growth of the area around Detroit was Henry Ford who built his own car company and contributed to form a new middle class." -Thomas Dassler( Henry Ford's Model T and the Impact on the Lower Social Classes Before 1920 p.2)