Detroit Skylines

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Detroit Skylines

Located along the shores of the Detroit River, the Downtown Detroit skyline is anchored by the Renaissance Center. The tallest building in the state of Michigan, the Renaissance Center is among a collection of buildings and other structures that make the Detroit skyline a popular subject for framed pictures and skyline panoramas. Founded in 1700 by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, Detroit has several well known and well deserved nicknames. As the long time hub of the American automobile industry, Detroit is fondly referred to as the Motor City or Motown for short.

Detroit and the surrounding environs has long been a center of trade. Located on the Detroit River which connects Lake Erie, Lake Saint Claire and Lake Huron, Detroit lies across the river from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The area was considered strategic by the British and the city became the site of several skirmishes during the War of 1812. American troops eventually prevailed and Detroit was incorporated soon after the war ended.

Unlike other large American cities, Detroit has not entered the great skyscraper race. While cities like Chicago, New York and even Indianapolis have spent trying to outdo each other, building taller and taller buildings, construction of new buildings in downtown Detroit has been less intense. The only building coming close in overall height to the Renaissance Center was built in 1993. One Detroit Center is an office building that measures just over 600 feet tall.

Most high rise structures along the Detroit skyline were built well before the 1980 giving the city an aged look with a combination of Art Deco and Neo Gothic architectural styles. Older buildings dating back to the turn of the Twentieth Century still grace the Detroit skyline.

Detroit Sports Teams in Pictures and Panoramas

Fans of Detroit sports teams can find their favorite teams and players preserved in quality framed pictures and panoramas. Detroit is home to some of the oldest franchises in professional sports with a tremendous history in some of America's most popular sports.

The Detroit Pistons

Pictures and panoramas or the Detroit Pistons grace rec rooms, sports bars and home across the country. Part of the Detroit sports scene since 1957, the Pistons play outside the city at the Palace in Auburn Hills. With a history of great player like Bob Lanier, Isaiah Thomas and the irascible Dennis Rodman, the Detroit Pistons are a perfect example of the rough tumble style of play seen in many East Coast and Midwest teams.

The Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers of the American League have a storied history as one of eight original major league teams. Managers like Sparky Anderson and great players like tenacious Ty Cobb have added color to a team that has seen few successes over the years. Unlike other major league baseball teams, the Tigers still play with the confines of Detroit at the former Tiger Stadium.

The Detroit Red Wings

Detroit, with its close proximity to Canada has long been home to great hockey. The Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League are one of the original professional hockey franchises and have won more Stanley Cup Championships than any other team in the American NHL. Playing in the famed Joe Louis Arena, the Red Wings have had their share of Hall of Fame players like the great Gordie Howe.

Labor and the Auto Industry

Over the years, Detroit saw its share of trade, both illegal and illicit. A major stop on the Underground Railroad, many former slaves were able to make their way to Canada through Detroit. During the heyday of Prohibition, bootlegging and smuggling liqueur from Canada was a major source of commerce. Like Chicago, New York and other major industrial centers, Detroit became a center of union organizing during the early days of the labor movement.

The availability of shipping routes made Detroit a natural place for ship building and other heavy manufacturing. This led to the development and expansion of automotive and truck manufacturing that included Ford, Chrysler and Packard.

The burgeoning automobile industry in Detroit made the city a ripe for labor organizing. Detroit and surrounding like Flint were often the scenes of militant strikes by workers seeking better working conditions, higher pay and the right to collective bargaining. During the Flint Sit-down Strikes of 1936 and 1937, thousands of autoworkers took over several General Motors assembly plants, halting production for months. Despite attacks by law enforcement and company-hired detectives, the workers held out. Out of this history of worker solidarity was born the United Auto Workers Union. The UAW became a powerful force in local, state and national politics every bit as powerful as Detroit giants like General Motors and the Ford Motor Company.

It was the tremendous expansion of the auto industry and ancillary businesses that helped the population of Detroit and the surrounding area grow. Wages were adequate and work was plentiful, especially during the Second World War. The population of Detroit peaked in the 1950s at approximately 1.9 million and has declined steadily to around just over 900 thousand today. Some people blame the trend towards globalization and assembly line automation for a reduction in auto-related jobs for the migration away Detroit to the suburbs.