This is a photo essay of contrasts and similarities between two cities. One is very close to where I live, and I pass through or visit regularly. The other city is half a world away, and I’ll probably never visit. I have a odd connection with the most notable date below, though. By coincidence my birthday is August 6, 1938.
The Japanese post 1945 photos were mislabeled. They actually are of Yokohama today rather than Hiroshama. Yokohama was and is a much larger city. it was extensively fire bombed in WWII, but not atom bombed. Present day Hiroshama is rebuilt in much the same fashion as Yokohama, but not nearly as glitzy. The essence of the story remains correct, regardless of the photo error.
1945 in Detroit, then the Arsenal of Democracy. 1945 Tiger World Series hat. They really did win that year.
1945 Willow Run bomber plant – view toward Detroit midtown.
Hiroshima pre- August 6, 1945
August 6, 1945
2009 Hiroshima today
2009 Detroit today. Less than one half the population of 1945.
CAN YOU TELL WHICH CITY PROSPERED IN THE LONG RUN?
The Tigers, at least, were in a pennant race in 2009 and the World Series in 2012. Detroit continues to decrease in population. It has gone down from over 2,000,000 to less than 700,000. As of today, its former Mayor K. Kilpatrick (convicted on 24 counts, including racketeering) is on federal trial for various corruption charges while the current mayor Dave Bing, former Detroit Piston basketball player and successful steel company owner struggles to avoid a city bankruptcy. Detroit city council seems to fight him on every item.