Wednesday, May 04, 2011




I am absolutely fascinated with Detroit. What it was, what it is now and the social and artistic underground that's working to not only restore it, but to make it better than ever. It is a hefty undertaking for sure, but it's simply beautiful.


Aaron and I visited the old Packard Plant with a few new friends who are part of the movement to revitalize the city. For a history nerd, this was pretty frickin' cool.

Packard opened in 1903 and was producing some of the best automobiles in the world through the late 50s. Now, the 35-acre plant stands in ruin, but serves an alternate purpose to Detroit.

While technically the plant is privately owned, people from all over come to see a piece of history. It's become somewhat of an illegal attraction. However, having no problem with "tresspassing," the owner simply asks that the guests of the Packard do not destroy or harm the property. The cops, of course, can still throw you out, but a trip inside is completely worth it.

Just remember, not only can you fall through the floor, but the floors above can fall on you.


Packard Plant/Detroit, Michigan/4.12.11

4 comments:

tp said...

Please tell me you found a revolutionary engine prototype, of a design you have never seen before, in a forgotten machine room of the old plant...

Alli Harvey said...

This might be one of my favorite comments to date!

Alfred said...

this is awesome

Aaron said...

Next time we should explore the other 3/4 of it. So much to see so little time.