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Ford Motor Company is founded by Henry Ford

1903

Ford increased average workers wage to $5.

1914

This made the average man the ability to buy a car making the employees the consumers. Ultimately this made ascension to the middle class a feasible possibility.

Henry Ford set up Highland Park as a separate city.

1918

This movement shifted the focus of business from the city to the suburbs.

With the opening of new jobs, migration of southerners, particularly blacks, greatly increased. Virtual apartheid was still much of a problem and racial segregation was very present.

20,000 KKK members celebrated race hatred on the steps of city hall

1925

Around the same time in the Mid 1920s there was a clash between automotive giants, which transformed the geography of America’s cities. When more people obtained the massed produced Model T’s, GM began to offer different models, which would suit the financial spectrum of individuals. By constantly changing the physical appearance it stimulated the purchasing of newer models because ones 2 or 3 years old looked out dated.

Stock Market Crash and The Great Depression

1929

Workers strike, 20,000 strong picketing.

1937

Became union town; however Ford fought strongly against the UAW with the help of gangsters.

WWII

1939

Assembly lines stopped producing cars and began producing parts for the war.

2nd Migration from the South.

Race riots. Black and white people fighting over the same factory jobs.

1943

Harley Earl designs for GM

1944

Originally working to build cars in Hollywood, he brought a luxurious appeal to the cars produced by the company. Transitioned from a practical use of transportation to a dream machine. Ultimately changed the nation to a consumer utopia where the buyers dream could be turned into money.

WWII Ends, Detroit becomes 4th largest city in the United States

1945

"White Flight"

1948

Creation of freeway system to create accessibility into the city ripped apart neighborhoods, dislocating many people. This caused a massive upheaval of people from the city into the suburbs.

Movement into the suburbs stimulated the need for multiple cars in order to get the simple necessities of daily life such as groceries. Shopping malls centralized the consumer needs into one location, accessed by a car.

The city began to decompose due to the lack of people living there. Car business still boomed due to commuters who still had jobs in the city.

Oil Crisis

1973

Gas prices increase overnight. Americans desperate for small fuel emission cars, drastically impacting the Detroit mobile market.

Crack cocaine epidemic

1984

Had a serious impact on the destruction of Detroit as a city.

Mass destruction

1986

The city is set ablaze, people throw rocks, light fires, and begin to take down the city

Packard is the center for rave parties

1990

GM and Chrysler need government bailout

2008