Sunday, April 12, 2009

Michigan Central Station to be demolished

The Detroit News makes this sound like it's probably a done deal.

Michigan Central was once Detroit's main train station. The building has been abandoned since 1988, when Amtrak pulled out. Use was on the downhill for years before that.

Obviously there's nothing great about abandoned buildings. If no one wants to use it for something else, then that's how it is. Maybe the city was right to decide it would be too difficult to use for other purporses.

The true tragedy is not so much the upcoming demolition, but of course the decline of railroads in this country, something that happened many decades ago. Still, it seems awfully sad to destroy one of the more stunning buildings we have.

Read more on the history here and see photos here.


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