If there was ever a city that seemed to embody the dynamic American economy of the early 20th century, it may have been Detroit. The city was awash with massive civic buildings, a well-developed mass transit system, and a thriving cultural scene. Much of this began to change as the century progressed, and by the late 1960s, the city was the embodiment of the so-called urban "crisis" that was faced by just about every major city in the United State's Rust Belt. This website offers visitors some insight into the contemporary urban environment in and around the Motor City as documented by a lifelong Detroit resident and artist, one Lowell Boileau. The site has been online for almost 10 years, and visitors can take any number of topical photographic tours of the city, including those dedicated to the lost synagogues of Detroit and a clutch of 19th century mansions. The site also features a number of lively discussion boards where visitors may chime in about any number of issues affecting the city. Overall, this is a very well-designed site, and one that will fascinate urbanologists everywhere.
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