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Gaedel Donating Member (802 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-10 06:10 PM
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98. "sucked the wealth out of Detroit"????
The "wealth" of Detroit was its manufacturing facilities. These were becoming progressively obsolescent and worn out. Materials handling by freight elevators and brute force was giving way to handling by forklifts in a one story factory. By 1955, Detroit was completely built out. There was no significant amount of vacant land. The new factories were built outside the city because they could assemble a significant plot of land at a relatively low price. There is no way that the GM Tech Center Complex could have been built in the city. At the end of WWII, the city was badly overcrowded. Families were doubled up with several generations in one house. There were massive "war housing" projects with quonset huts or wood and tar paper buildings. People looking for an escape from this and buying a 1,200 square foot ranch house north of 8 mile were "sucking the wealth" out of the city?

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