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Rust Belt Rising: Learning from the Motor City

Thursday, December 22, 2011 3:42 PM | Michael Mowers (Administrator)

Douglas J. Forsyth, American Bungalow, Winter 2011 (Arts and Crafts architecture in Detroit in Boston-Edison)

Boston-Edison is one of the largest residential historic districts in the nation. It constists of over 900 houses, most of them built between 1905 and 1925. From the beginning, it has been one of Detroit's premier residential neighborhoods. Henry Ford (1863-1947) lived here; so did Sebastian S. Kresge, the founder of Kresge Department Stores; James Couzens, vice president and treasurer of Ford Motor Co. and later U.S. Senator and Detroit mayor; Walter O. Briggs, auto-body manufacturer and former owner of the Detroit Tigers baseball team; Clara Clemens, daughter of Mark Twain; heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis; Walter Reuther, the United Auto Workers leader, and Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records. Boston-Edison has one of the oldest neighborhood associations in the country, founded in 1921.

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