Detroit Now & Then: A Changing Cityscape

Jefferson Avenue and Conner, 1949-2010

As quickly as the city had grown, Detroit started to shrink in the the 1960's.

East Jefferson Avenue was once home to some of Detroit's most important industrial plants, including those for Chalmers, Hudson, Briggs, and Continental. The loss of many of these plants starting in the 1960's had a devastating impact on the neighborhoods nearby, leading to a mass exodus of residents to the suburbs.

Original photo: 1949, DTE Aerial Photo Collection
Newer photo: 2010, Google Maps