One of the most significant sites in the history of Detroit – and the modern world – has also been one of the most sadly neglected.
Not only that, it isn’t even in Detroit.
Every day, thousands of commuters drive by an old red-brick building on Woodward Avenue in the little enclave city of Highland Park.
You need to know three things about Highland Park. It is a separate city embedded in northern Detroit. Economically, it is even worse off.
But it was the place where the twentieth century was created – in this old red brick building, and in the remnants of a giant factory behind it. A hundred years ago, this sturdy, Albert Kahn structure was the world headquarters of the Ford Motor Company.
Millions and millions of Model Ts, the most important car ever created, rolled off assembly lines here, before Ford moved to the Rouge. It was here where cars were made affordable for everyone, and where the world was put on wheels.