A Guide to Post-Industrial Detroit: Unconventional Tours of an Urban Landscape

The Seeker Books

     The city of Detroit, Michigan has become a magnet for “urban explorers,” people who like to roam around the ruins of formerly occupied urban areas. They come, driven by curiosity, desire to photograph and document urban decay, or because deserted buildings are a suitable canvass for their art. The vandals also come, stealing anything of value that the former inhabitants left behind.
    This book, with over 200 photographs, is about exploring Detroit, its natural assets and beautiful architecture and its abandoned neighborhoods. The author takes you inside the graffiti-filled walls of abandoned factories and homes (in a city full of homeless people!), with directions for readers who might want to do some urban exploring.
         The book's "tours" take you to historic locations, exploring its history of segregation and unrest, as well as its history as the Motor City, a center of Industrial Age innovation, progress and prosperity.
       Founded in 1701 by French explorers, Detroit reached its population peak in the 1950s, following waves of immigrants from Europe and migrations of people from the South seeking work in the industrial North. Over many years of growth and prosperity, the city became home to numerous magnificent buildings and grand churches. Woodward Avenue, the main street in Detroit, is so full of beautiful, historic and architecturally significant buildings that it is the ONLY urban highway in the US to be officially designated as a “Scenic Byway.” Much of its glory is still there to see and enjoy.
    The narrative is liberally illustrated with OVER 200 PHOTOS and has been updated for 2016.

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About the author

Theresa Welsh is a writer, author and photographer. She and her husband, photographer David Welsh, have lived and worked in many areas of the city of Detroit and, as a retired couple have become "urban explorers," visiting and researching the city's colorful history. Theresa comments in words and photos on the decline -- and possible resurgence -- of Detroit through her website, www.theseekerbooks.com. She is the author of three other books.

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Jul 15, 2012
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Travel / United States / Midwest / East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)
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The authors were part of a community of small software entrepreneurs who created the first applications for personal computers, as the computer revolution in the late 1970s and early 1980s changed the way we create and store documents and data. They personally knew many of the principle players whose accomplishments are the stuff of legends, and whose work and vision led the way to our computer-saturated society. This book captures this unique era, through the stories of eye-witnesses, when personal computing was just an idea -- an idea whose time had come!


In these pages you will learn how a young engineer named Steve Leininger, working alone, built the first TRS-80 microcomputer . He had been hired by Tandy Corporation to develop a computer product to be sold in their Radio Shack stores for a price their customers could afford. Development costs were less than $150,000. Yet no one had ever sold a complete off-the-shelf personal computer before. Would anyone buy it?


As it turned out, the desire for a computer of one's own was overwhelming! Author David Welsh was one of the hobbyists-turned-programmers who bought a TRS-80. Using self-taught programming skills, he created a word processor and he and his wife Theresa found themselves in business, selling their product worldwide to enthusiastic fans who were eager to throw away their typewriters. They were part of the leading edge of the software business, joining hundreds of other small entrepreneurs selling software out of garages, basements and whatever space they could rent cheap.

David and Theresa Welsh tell their own story and that of many other pioneers. Includes over 100 illustrations of early computer products and ads.

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