cool video! I would love to be turned loose in there to shoot some pics! Thank you Alan Hill, for saving a piece of American history, even if in a decayed , ruin down form. Rest in Peace Packard, Studebaker, Pontiac , Plymouth and ALL The other Lone gone American Manufacturers (automotive and others) that Time has left behind.
Reading , Pa
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Downtown Detroit in general, and the Packard plant in particular, is heartbreaking. A wonderful company killed by horrible management - if handled correctly there was no reason for Packard to go down. It was highly profitable just a few years before it folded.
Anyhow - that compound is HUGE and is far from the only abandoned auto plant in Detroit. Or other plants, for that matter. Boxer - If you want to live in a factory or warehouse, Detroit is your place. Also the home of the largest abandoned railroad station in the world.
The good news is that the city IS improving. Mayor Bing is working his butt off to bring 'er back (hope he's doing OK - last I heard he was in the hospital). As the Former Big Three do better, that helps, too. Last time I was there, Greektown was still nice and there are some beautiful neighborhoods like Rosedale Park.
But there's FAR too much desolation. Best of luck to a once-grand city.
CNN had an article a week ago stating that the median price of a home in central Detroit was $6000.
believe it or not, bangor maine is worse. ..and prices hang on to...I don't want to know the cult that puts it there.
at least detroit has proof there was something wrong after leaping into fairy tales.
detroit is warmer, bodies of water, a breeze without a bowl valley magnifying temps...and not doing literally the opposite into 30F below.
I would seriously go there.
no need to be sad rapping.
Last edited by boxer3main; April 15th, 2012, 03:58 PM.
Having a guy like that to watch over a huge place in a 'hood nobody else wants to live in? I'd say the owner is getting a good deal.
A friend of mine has been hired to watch over a huge out of business paper plant south of kalamazoo - not the size of the packard plant but still nearly a million square feet under roof. It's difficult to imagine the problems of trying to utilize that much space that was never intended to be divided. It's a monumental under taking. So far the ony income stream has been storage space for boats and RVs.
I thought the movie industry and Detroit was a perfect marriage - hard to imagine a better place to make a horror film than all the abanodoned old factories. Ford's Highland park plant is still used for storage and parts of it are no better than the packard plant. The train station is depressing as hell.
I hope Bing and Snyder can work it out.... they have a huge battle on their hands.