Map: Three Square Miles of Downtown Detroit 1889


This birds-eye view looking north from Downtown Detroit provides a good representation of the density of the Downtown area compared to today as well as the heavy pollution that drove wealthier residents to the soon to be annexed “suburb” areas of Detroit.

The rays of light to the north appear to be calling people to move away from the polluted Downtown. Perhaps that was the goal of this map published by the Imperial Life Insurance Company?


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