Sunday, March 04, 2007

Detroit in the Roaring '20s

I was reading the Detroit Yes! forum and found an interesting thread to follow. It posed the following question, "If you could go back in time and visit Detroit from days past, when would you visit?"

As you would expect there was a wide range of answers with the most popular being the 1920s. I thought about it and decided that the 1920s is when I would like to visit the city too. My grandparents had all arrived in the city by then so I'd get to meet them when they were still relatively young. The city was alive in the Roaring '20s and thriving financially (before the 1929 stock market crash that is). Detroit had speakeasys and gangsters, flappers and lively ballrooms filled to capacity. The automobile had come into its own but street cars still crisscrossed the city. It was an exciting time in the city of Detroit... both fun-exciting and dangerous-exciting. Yes, I think the 1920s would be the time I'd most like to visit the city.

What about you? If you could go back in time and visit your city from days past, when would you visit?

1 comment:

  1. I've spent a bit of time thinking about this - it's a very interesting question. If I could only go back in time to where I now live I wouldn't go back too far because it is so rural, it must have been a lonely place before the 50's or so. If I went back in time in Syracuse, where I grew up, I'd go for the 20's. That's when my paternal grandparents immigrated. I've read all the old newspaper blurbs about this card party or that dance held in one of the homes that everyone attended and I'd love to see the city at that time. If I could pick both the time and place I'd go to NH in the 1770's, there are so many questions I have about that place and time I'd like to have answered.