“A Hundred Years of Detroit: Then & Now” – The New Yorker’s Short Video Tour of the Motor City

The New Yorker shared a pretty cool video about Detroit history called “A Hundred Years of Detroit: Then and Now”. Since I’ve only been living in Michigan for three years, I found the video to be very informative. I have no clue what Detroit looked like past 2015! Every time I am in the downtown area or the city neighborhoods, I always look at the buildings and structures and wonder what everything looked like before we moved to the metro area.

The split-screen video highlights then and now footage of iconic landmarks and the auto-manufacturing industry of the Motor City. Here are few things you may recognize if you’re from Detroit or have visited the city before:

Past and present aerial views of the city

Auto-manufacturing assembly lines

The Argonaut Building

The Guardian Building

The Spirit of Detroit

Streetcars and the QLine


few places missing from the video that I would have liked to have seen are:

Belle Isle

Campus Martius

Eastern Market

Fisher Building

Of course, that would make for a much longer video, but it still would be nice to see. Detroit was definitely a very lively city back then! It’s exciting to be part of the growth and new changes the city is experiencing now. Check out the video for yourself here or watch it below!



What are your thoughts?