16 March 2010

Detroit: City on the Move

I was perusing the Prelinger Archives a few months ago and came across this promotional film produced by the Jam Handy Organization for the City of Detroit in 1965...two years before the riots from which the city has yet to recover. It's quite striking to contrast the rosy boosterism and faith in the future of the city's "automotive genius" with the reality on the ground today. It's especially exciting to see footage of urban planners IN ACTION!!! Thrill, as a guy points at a land use map! Swoon, as a different guy puts an architectural model onto a table! The narration is very dry, but it's a fascinating historical document nonetheless.

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