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Throwback Thursday: A Vision of Futuristic Detroit 'in the 21st Century'

January 2, 2014 at 3:36 PM | by | ()

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

The plan for Detroit in 2014? Simply to keep afloat after declaring bankruptcy in 2013. Of course it wasn't always such a sad state of affairs in the Motor City, and one time the outlook for the future was extremely bright, blindingly so.

In the late 1960s, a special section of The Detroit News illustrated what the Detroit of the 21st century could be. Personal transportation modules travel through a lower network of highways, which don't interfere with a pedestrian-friendly surface of broad plazas dotted with leafy trees.

Forty years later, with the actual arrival of the 21st century, the scene has actually regressed; we're all familiar with Michigan Central Station. Instead, those glimpses of a functioning future now resemble a city more like Seoul.

To view more such glimpses of Detroit life, past and present (and hopeful future), head to the Detroit Historical Society (free admission!).

[Photo: Jaunted]

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