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Jalopnik: Abandoned Detroit Packard Auto Plant Catches Fire [Detroit]


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Detroit's Packard Plant once built the finest automobiles in the world. It's been vacant for years. This spring, the security guards were finally pulled and as expected, looters pillaged it. Now the arsonists have moved in. Gallery below.

The fire began at around 6:45 PM in the north run of the Packard plant at Grand River and Concorde, it quickly gained volume, producing enormous clouds of noxious black smoke which hung low over the surrounding neighborhood. At least three different fire trucks responded to the scene and the area was quickly cordoned off by police, though onlookers flocked to see the nearly mile long structure belch thick smoke. The blaze was eventually put out, though it's only matter of time before this kind of thing happens again. Everything burns.

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Who owns this factory? and why hasn't it been dozed

In Dayton we have dozed a few plants @ city & federal EPA cost manufactures abandon these plants & the cities end up owning the polluted mess. In the case of Packard they went bankrupt, well then again so goes GM & ChryCo.

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IIRC, Ford bought the factory from Packard (Curtiss-Wright), then I thought the city owned it.

Frankly, as much as it pains me to say it, decades of decay here are not endearing me to the cause; it's far too large to save/convert, and no one has the money to. If it cannot be secured and roofed WRT preserving the structure (and it cannot), perhaps sawcut the 'main' section off for historical purposes and doze the rest, rather that see it further disgraced. It's getting close to 'too much time pased' at this point, IMO...

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Maybe Detroit can eventually cash in on the tourism angle of their ruins, like Rome has with their ancient ruins. Detroit: See the Ruins of 20th Century Industrial Age America.

Too bad you would have to wear a space suit to go and see a lot of this stuff so you dont breath in some of the toxic poisons around these places.

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IIRC, Ford bought the factory from Packard (Curtiss-Wright), then I thought the city owned it.

Frankly, as much as it pains me to say it, decades of decay here are not endearing me to the cause; it's far too large to save/convert, and no one has the money to. If it cannot be secured and roofed WRT preserving the structure (and it cannot), perhaps sawcut the 'main' section off for historical purposes and doze the rest, rather that see it further disgraced. It's getting close to 'too much time pased' at this point, IMO...

I agree, something should be saved and preserved, but the factory is to large and to far gone to salvage. Your idea to preserve a main section and doze the rest is probably the best course of action, so at least something remains.

The problem is finding people who have the money and care enough to do so.

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Too bad you would have to wear a space suit to go and see a lot of this stuff so you dont breath in some of the toxic poisons around these places.

I read somewhere that Detroit is the most polluted city in North America.

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here in south carolina we have a lot of textile mills that have shut down and are essentially abandoned. several of those historic buildings have been burned to the ground only to be a shell from careless people or vandals. its sad really. just 2 weeks ago the Packard plant had some publicity in the form of the history channel series, Life After People. they were showing detroit after being abandoned for 40 yrs.

http://www.history.com/video.do?name=Life_...tid=27296282001

the episode is road to nowhere

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Usually Fires like this also are covering up a crime, I would not be surprised to see a dead body of two. Guess we need Bones to tell us if it is man or woman.

Sad about the history, but at this point to much decay and would be best to just destroy the place and let mother nature reclaim it till there is a real need for the land.

Maybe keep the over pass and turn it into a real pedestrian over pass with a plaque to the old company that was there.

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