TRAVEL BACK IN TIME? - November 21, 2022
Last night, while researching a particular house in Detroit, I searched my Apple Maps for Little Caesars Arena, since I knew the house I was seeking was near it. When I looked at the map, I saw...nothing. Just vacant land. I did a side eye to myself, wondering why I am not seeing the current arena on the map? I was not sure what was happening, but I thought I would at the very least move the map around to see what else I could find. I turned on the 3D view and looked at the nearby Eddystone/Park Ave buildings. What, ho? The Park Ave Hotel was still standing! Did I stumble through a vortex into Detroit's past? Did I, perhaps, travel back in time??
What else in the neighborhood still exists? Oooh, my favorite historic homes on Temple street!!
Oh look, before the Alhambra apartment building received that god-awful paint job.
Well, my curiosity was piqued. I now had to check out some other locations around the city. Train station? Yep, no work yet (not even a fence!).
Brush Park! Before the Ransom-Gillis mansion was made over by Nicole Curtis. Look how empty the area looks before those (I'm sorry to say) icky new apartments moved into the neighborhood (aesthetically speaking).
Let's head over to downtown. The Metropolitan building, even before the scaffolding (which we climbed the first time I had gone inside).
And from the back, alongside the Wurlitzer. The Compuware building doesn't even have the Shepard Fairey art installed yet.
Farwell Building, still vacant.
The Book Tower, still grungy.
The Z Garage has it's unobstructed view of Woodward Ave., when the Hudson's footprint was still a parking lot.
Oh look, it's the Care building.
And lastly, the Joe still stands.
Thanks for coming along on my time travel trip through Detroit. It was a strange experience to say the least. I am not sure what year my map was pulling from. My guess is 10+ years ago. I've since learned you can use Google Earth to "go back in time" but I was just using my regular map app. A mystery to say the least. What do you think?