“Detroit the Comeback City” premieres on the History Channel tonight at 9 p.m.

"Detroit: Comeback City" title card (History Channel)

“Detroit the Comeback City” is an hour long doc which tells the history of the Michigan Central

Station and the plans for the future use of the iconic building.  The recent purchase by the Ford Motor Company holds a lot of optimism for the edifice and for the City of Detroit.  The film premiers Sunday, July 1st at 9:00 P.M. EST on the History Channel. 

Narrated By Oscar winner J.K Simmons and produced by Terry Wrong and Detroit Hip-Hop artist ‘Big Sean’ the program is definitely not-to-miss.  The story covers the timeline of the historic building and the timeline of Detroit’s reinvention.  The fast pace film is interesting, insightful and entertaining. 

The preview was presented by the Director of Ford Communications, Mark Truby and Jerome Vaughn, News Director of WDET moderated a panel discussion that followed.  Also on the dais making poignant observations was Steve Gillon, PhD., of the History Channel and Rebecca Salminen Witt of the Detroit Historical Society.

Opening in 1913, the station was the tallest rail station in the world.  Detroit was a grand city on the rise.  For over 75 years, the 18-story-tall station started transported passengers across the country.  It had marble floors, bronze chandeliers, and 68-foot Corinthian marble columns.

It is remarkable how the up and down history of the Michigan Central Station parallels the City of Detroit and the optimism for the future,  The Ford initiative, as it was called by the panel was started by Henry Ford.  Now his great grandson, Bill Ford continues the great initiative with vision future.

The Spirit of Detroit never looked so promising. 

Big Sean performing at Ford’s Michigan Train Depot celebration.


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