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    One nice thing about Kmart was that it wasn't as...

    One nice thing about Kmart was that it wasn't as huge and crowded as Meijer. But that was a sign it wasn't competing. In hindsight Kmart should have revamped the Kresge format into something that...
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    The GM Media Archives in Sterling Heights might...

    The GM Media Archives in Sterling Heights might have some information, but most of what they offer the general public (aside from providing dealer invoices from VINs) is prepackaged stuff, I doubt...
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    Milliken probably did more for Detroit than any...

    Milliken probably did more for Detroit than any governor since.
  4. It's good that Dan Austin helped "rediscover"...

    It's good that Dan Austin helped "rediscover" this, but he didn't "find" it. The DIA knew where it was all along.
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    The WXYZ call letters, according to Wikipedia...

    The WXYZ call letters, according to Wikipedia (but no source given), were acquired from an Army radio station. This happened in 1930, 13 years before formation of ABC network.
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    The WJR call letters, introduced in 1925, stand...

    The WJR call letters, introduced in 1925, stand for the Jewett Radio and Phonograph Co. It was originally a joint venture with the Free Press station, WCX. The WXYZ letters were introduced in 1930,...
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    Ford introduced the $5/day wage in 1914 to reduce...

    Ford introduced the $5/day wage in 1914 to reduce employee turnover, which was at upwards of 400% due to the awful working conditions. The unions didn't "continue to force themselves into Ford"...
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    I checked old Free Press ads and the...

    I checked old Free Press ads and the Waterford/Drayton Plains store was a W.T. Grant store, one of their "Grant City" locations. It closed by Nov. 1975 and Kmart opened there no later than Sept....
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    Kmart started losing focus no later than the...

    Kmart started losing focus no later than the 1980s with its purchase of outfits like Builder's Square and Waldenbooks, when it should have been concentrating on upgrading its stores and inventory...
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    Auto plants were not exempted. Only the Detroit...

    Auto plants were not exempted. Only the Detroit casinos.
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    To rephrase what I said earlier, what's the point...

    To rephrase what I said earlier, what's the point of keeping freight cars clean when they get immediately trashed by graffiti? On most any freight train you can see freshly rehabbed or new cars with...
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    Maybe freight cars would be a bit more colorful,...

    Maybe freight cars would be a bit more colorful, or the owners (often private shippers) would at least put their logos on them, if they weren't immediately trashed by graffiti.
  13. https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/det/ ...

    https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/det/

    There are lots of photos of other cities on the site, also.
  14. The Detroit Publishing Co. photos obtained by...

    The Detroit Publishing Co. photos obtained by Shorpy from the Library of Congress are all public domain and can be used by anyone for free. Good manners, though, for any site reproducing them would...
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    That parking graphic is great, but someone not...

    That parking graphic is great, but someone not familiar with the situation would infer from it that there's no park above the Grand Circus garage, and no huge convention center beneath the Cobo lot....
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    I preferred the contrast of the black addition...

    I preferred the contrast of the black addition against the white original-- it highlighted the original building. Both were classy components in their own right. There was no need to destroy the look...
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    That image of the proposed 11 Mile interchange is...

    That image of the proposed 11 Mile interchange is from "A planning and engineering analysis of the location and design alternatives considered; Interstate 696" prepared by the State Highway...
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    When my grandparents moved to Detroit in 1952 or...

    When my grandparents moved to Detroit in 1952 or '53, they looked at renting near the GM HQ where my grandfather worked, but the landlord told them he only rented to Jewish people. So, they moved...
  19. Until Whitmer comes after a Detroit school, this...

    Until Whitmer comes after a Detroit school, this is a statewide topic and belongs in the non-Detroit forum.
  20. This belongs in the non-Detroit issues forum.

    This belongs in the non-Detroit issues forum.
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    Well, we'll see. There's still too much that's...

    Well, we'll see. There's still too much that's not clear to rest easy.
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    Regardless of the fence, the bastards will find...

    Regardless of the fence, the bastards will find their way in. They always do. The fence will merely be the first thing to get scrapped.
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    Marygrove College closing in December

    No doubt soon to be a brand new playground for all trespassers, thrill seekers, vandals, drug dealers, scrappers, "urban explorers," squatters, ruin porn freaks, and just plain criminals.
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    It's interesting how comments are never enabled...

    It's interesting how comments are never enabled for Mitch's columns on the website. It wouldn't surprise me if that's a condition of his Free Press contract. Can't take any criticism.
  25. Any "loyalty" companies showed disappeared in the...

    Any "loyalty" companies showed disappeared in the 1980s when Reagan and his gang deregulated Wall Street. It was largely a mirage anyway, made possible only by the temporary strength of unions. Ford...
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