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Detroit’s Central Station

Most railroad remediation involves removing the rail remnants and replacing them with something entirely different. In Detroit, the Michigan Central Railroad Station remained and was remade as part of a new kind of railroad. Bustling with activity during the mid-1900s, Detroit’s Michigan Central Railroad Station fell victim to years of declining rail transport and neglect, and remained unused after terminal operations ceased in 1994. Left unsecured, the property’s underlying basements and overgrown vegetation attracted vandals, the homeless, and gangs. The site became a dumping area for refuse, tires, and automobiles. Located at the southern end of the U.S.-Canada railroad tunnel, it offered potential refuge for drug smugglers and illegal aliens. Valuing the potential for this historic site, the Canadian Pacific Railway incorporated Michigan Central Station as a critical component in their new “rail expressway” project. They embarked upon transforming this 20-acre site into an intermodal facility for receiving and shipping…Log In to Read Full Article

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