(DN_36201_4) Ethnic Communities, Irish, Neighborhoods, Corktown, 1960

A view of a residential Corktown street slated for demolition. In the distance the J.L. Hudson building is in view. Note: Detroit News staff car no. 151 in the left hand corner.

Part of a series of photographs taken to document the abandoned buildings around Trumbull, Porter, Abbott and nearby streets. According to a Detroit News article from April 26, 1960, the demolition was part of a larger slum clearance that moved 450 families out of the area and raised their historic neighborhood to make way for "light industry and trucking stations." According to the reporter, Russell Harris, the windows in the area were recently broken by neighborhood children having a bit of fun. The schools and churches, however, were spared from the vandalism.

(DN_36201_4) Ethnic Communities, Irish, Neighborhoods, Corktown, 1960
Detroit News Staff