Thursday, March 06, 2008

seventies snapshot of the ambassador bridge

Ambassador Bridge at Sunset, early 1970s
The sun is just a dot in the sky next to the Ambassador Bridge in today's selection. The dirt path on the Windsor side is now paved and part of the city's riverfront recreation path. This stretch of green space is also the present home of the Odette Sculpture Park.

Driving over the Ambassador Bridge may cause some confusion for the next year-and-a-half, thanks to a massive construction project that will allow direct access to its neighbouring freeways. I was in the area on the last day the surrounding stretch of I-75 was open and local radio stations were treating the upcoming closure in the same breathless tone as a severe winter storm ("HOW WILL YOU GET TO WORK ON MONDAY?"). Despite some tricky manoeuvring, unless massive backups result the bridge will remain my usual route to Motown for the time being. I'm more than willing to wait a few more minutes for goodies from Mexicantown.

The church steeples to the right belong to St. Anne Roman Catholic Church, now a part of the National Register of Historic Places. The parish is the second-oldest in the US, established in 1701 at the same time that French adventurer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac founded the settlement that evolved into Detroit. The current set of neo-gothic buildings date from 1886.

Picture taken by my father sometime in the early-to-mid 1970s - JB

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