Detroit Heart of Darkness
Mysteries of the City
“In these matters, the only certainty is that nothing is certain.” — Pliny the Elder
- Weapons of Democracy – Detroit has been a major manufacturer of war munitions for the U.S. government, especially during World War II. At the time, the city simply re-furbished the auto plants into weapons manufacturing for a time. From time to time, someone will find a small cache of old wartime weapons hidden beneath the city or in old buildings. Ironically, the city has some of the worst gun-related crime in the country. It’s almost as if fate … or something worse, wants everyone and anyone to get their hands on weapons – proper criminal background or not. The local law enforcement continually finds and catalogues large quantities of weapons from the streets, only to have to do it again and again. Detroit remains an arsenal, to be sure.
- Motown and Motortown – Detroit may be known for its automobile industry but it also has a rich history of American music. The car radio, cruising down concrete streets in the summer, Smokey Robinson or Kiss singing across the pavement). And just like the automobile industry left Detroit an industrial ghost town, so did Motown leave in the 80s for Los Angeles. But music is still a part of the city’s heart and soul, lingering in the street names, the smell of cigars in abandoned buildings, and the memory of the American Dream – whether the vehicle is the car or the saxophone. Detroit is the rotting body of the American Dream.
You want more you say? Please. Put the work in Johnny.