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The city of Detroit

The city of Detroit - The city of Detroit the largest city...

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The city of Detroit, the largest city in the state of Michigan, developed from a small fur trading post of New France to a world-class industrial powerhouse and the fourth largest American city by the mid 20th century. The city, settled in 1701, is the first European settlement above tidewater in North America.[3] After a devastating fire in 1805, Augustus B. Woodward devised a street plan similar to Pierre Charles L'Enfant's design for Washington, D.C. Detroit's monumental avenues and traffic circles fan out in radial fashion from Campus Martius Park in the heart of the city, which facilitates traffic patterns along the city's tree-lined boulevards and parks.[4] Main thoroughfares radiate outward from the city center like spokes in a wheel. During the 19th century, Detroit grew into a thriving hub of commerce and industry, and the city spread along Jefferson Avenue, with multiple manufacturing firms taking advantage of the transportation resources afforded by the river and a parallel rail line. In the late 19th century several Gilded Age
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Unformatted text preview: mansions were built just east of Detroit's current downtown. Detroit was referred to by some as the Paris of the West for its architecture, and for Washington Boulevard, recently electri²ed by Thomas Edison.[1] Throughout the 20th century various skyscrapers were built centered on Detroit's downtown. Following World War II, the auto industry boomed and the area witnessed suburban expansion. The Detroit metropolitan area has emerged as one of the largest in the United States. Immigrants and migrants have contributed signi²cantly to Detroit's economy and culture. In the 1990s and the new millennium, the city has experienced increased revitaliza³on. Many areas of the city are listed in the Na³onal Register of Historic Places and include Na³onal Historic Landmarks. The city with its popula³on migra³on to the suburbs has had to adjust its role in the midst of a much larger metropolitan area in the 21st century....
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  • Fall '08
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  • Metro Detroit, Detroit metropolitan area

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