WHAT'S "AROUND 'OLD DETROIT'" ALL ABOUT?
This area of our web-site is where we will take a
historic look back at the Detroit of years gone
bye. It will primarily focus on "Old Detroit" and
how it evolved around public transportation.
Here you will find information and history on
how the city's streets, roadways, boulevards
and expressways developed, and what impact
public transit played in their development.
(Please click-on the following Topics below)
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|A look back at the History of Public Transportation in and around the City of Detroit.
|This 1962 photo looks south along the John C. Lodge Expressway, just north of the Cobo Hall underpass.
This portion of the Lodge under Cobo was the last 'downtown' portion of the expressway to open to traffic,
opening on November 3, 1959. Of course, this photo was taken before the days of Joe Louis Arena, and that
pedestrian footbridge across the freeway. Back when rooftop parking on Cobo was accessed via a circular
roadway, and Washington Blvd. south of Michigan Avenue was known as Wayne Street. A DSR Hamilton
coach can also be seen heading northbound — more than likely pulling-in from downtown.
(Photo source: GM Truck & Coach promotional photo)
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|In this 1969 photo, the former Grand Truck Brush Street Depot, which was located at the foot of
Brush Street at Atwater, can be seen in the background as commuters train patrons board special
DSR buses headed for the downtown business district. The large flour silos visible in the distant
background belonged to the former Robin Hood Flour Mill, located just east of Randolph. This entire
area was demolished in 1972 to make way for the Renaissance Center complex.
(Photo source: Krambles-Peterson Archive, G. Mac Sebree photo)