Detroit: City on the Move (1965)

"Frequently called the most cosmopolitan city of the Midwest, Detroit today stands at the threshhold of a bright new future," begins this promotional film, made in 1965 in an unsuccessful push to host the Olympics. This excerpt shows the urban construction in progress in the 1960s. 

Sommer Mathis, editor of The Atlantic's new Cities website, looks at the decline, and unexpected growth, of the city.

To see this film in its entirety, visit the Prelinger Archive. 

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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