Detroit has a gritty history and reputation that contrasts with the influential role it has played in the automotive and music industries. Founded in 1701 as a trading post, Detroit didn’t explode until Henry Ford and colleagues moved their automobile manufacturing there in the early 20th Century. The rise of industry coincided with the development of huge ghettos, which brought destructive ... read more
rioting in 1967 that damaged the city’s image, not to mention the lives of the residents. That aspect of Detroit has been smoothed over with a resurgent cultural scene, including a billion dollar downtown development effort, plenty of festivals and clubs to check out downtown, and a great art museum. It’s sometimes said that times of strife create great art, and Detroit is a great example, having incubated Motown music and today being a center of modern rock and techno.