Shorpy Saturday – Woodward Avenue: 1917

By Jeffrey Buck

There was a time when storefronts in downtown Detroit were filled by boutiques and department stores alike. As time has gone on, malls and other outlets opened up around the region that made shopping more convenient–while also drying out the retail market downtown. I’ve often wondered what it was like to window shop back then when Detroit was on the rise and downtown was still bustling with people.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Woodward Avenue: 1917.“:

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1917. “Looking up Woodward Avenue.” Dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Source: http://www.shorpy.com/node/7136?size=_original

For your viewing pleasure, here’s what that area looks like today:

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About Jeffrey S. Buck

I'm currently a Project Manager at Cypress Partners, LLC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism. Looking to broaden my view of the world, I spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Salford, a Greater Manchester University in England. I enjoy doing an array of activities, including following Detroit sports teams, SCUBA diving, traveling, reading, playing tennis, hand-written letters and going to the movies. I am the co-founder of the Woodward Spine, a blog about Detroit and its surrounding communities. The Woodward Spine aims to inform its readers about relevant news and events through creative and informative posts in these core areas: news, opinion, entertainment, history, sports and development. The Woodward Spine serves the tri-county metro Detroit area, concentrating mainly on the communities that lie along the Woodward corridor.
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