posted on Nov, 1 2009 @ 10:31 AM
A reflection of our Industrial Revolution past.
Look at most metropolitan areas built around smokestack industries of the turn of the century in the rustbelt of the midwest.
The old brick and mortar automotive factories in the Detroit area were used way beyond their expected life but had contributed significantly to our
winning of the war against Germany and Japan. We simply out produced them.
In order to remain competitive with Japanese quality levels US automotive companies had to update their manufacturing processes, incorporating more
automation (robotics) resulting in the need for newer and/or more modern manufacturing facilities.
These new facilities were built outside of Detroit while the old facilities were still producing automobiles, albeit outdated ones during the late
70's and 80's. Leading to the Japanese overtaking the US auto industry as far as quality.
As the facilities in metro Detroit began to shut down and move out to the suburbs, so did the jobs. As the jobs left, so did most of the population as
well as the demand for local real estate.