From the book
The Ford Road
A cross section of Detroit’s rise and fall and rise in photographs
After the historic fire of Detroit in 1805, judge Augustus B. Woodward designed a new cityplan based on cities like
Paris and later Washington DC, with avenues radiating from the centre. Michigan Avenue became one of the ‘spokes’
and was continued by Ford Road. This Ford Road is a tribute to the founding father of the automotive industry in
Detroit: William Ford, the father of Henry Ford.
As a tribute to this endeavour, and being interested if it would be possible to ‘sample’ this city in decline, I took a slice
out of it in photographs. I made a cross section of Detroit on thursday the 22th of June 2013, just by my rented yellow
bicycle cycling from the Renaissance hotspot, what’s in a name, westwards alongside the Michigan Avenue and the Ford
Road. Looking left and looking right. Up to almost Ann Arbor. I used the bicycle partly as a metaphor for the declined
automotive industry of Detroit, but mostly as a modality as tranquil enough to be able to observe the city thoroughly.
The city shows itself as in annual rings on a cut tree. In fact all successive stadia of a city, flourish-decline-consolidationdevelopment,
can be found alongside this cross section of approximately 25 miles. Time meets place, and vice versa.
It tells also about people who left parts of the city, and locked themselves in in cars and fancy houses at the outskirts.
Yes, where are the people now in this once vibrant city?
Detroit USA /Rotterdam Holland, 2013/2015