The J.L. Hudson Department Store

The J. L. Hudson Department Store in downtown Detroit once anchored a mighty commercial district. Long abandoned in February 1997, it faced demolition. A less certain fate awaits the Book Building and the David Broderick Tower whose towers flank Hudson's.

Hudson's

The automobile, the wealth from which downtown Detroit had thrived, nearly turned the downtown area into a ghost town by the mid eighties. A lack of free parking and the easy access to suburban shopping malls by new expressways in the post World War II era led to its decline.

The abandonment of the massive J. L. Hudson Store in the early 80's was the death knell of downtown Detroit.

The J.L. Hudson Department Store
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