An always popular topic on Rust Wire is the fate of Detroit’s long vacant Michigan Central Station, which the city council has voted to demolish.
I think what I really like about this video editorial is that it really articulates a lot of feelings and emotions I have every time I drive by the place, a “jaw dropping…a cavernous cave of twisted iron, broken pipes, and crumbling stone,” as the video both describes and shows.
It is in such striking contrast to what once was there -a station bustling with activity as passengers, “walked on marble floors under gold plated chandeliers,” as the video describes.
Generations of Detroiters arrived here from all over the country and the world- as the Free Press puts it “our Ellis Island – sullied, but sacred ground.”
It concludes, “Demolishing the Depot will erase the city’s most iconic eyesore, but it won’t end the blight on the blocks…Maybe we need this rotten relic to remind us how far we have fallen, and how far we must travel together.” Amen.