Jun 4, 2024 - Technology

Detroit icon restored

Exterior of Michigan Central Station before and after restoration. Photos: Stephen McGee/Michigan Central

Exterior of Michigan Central Station before and after restoration. Photos: Stephen McGee/Michigan Central

The long-awaited reveal of Michigan Central Station's dramatic restoration to its pristine past is finally here.

Why it matters: Michigan Central's transformation from a battered reminder of Detroit's decline into a monument of civic pride is a historic achievement that eluded local leaders and developers for decades.

Michigan Central opened in 1913 and ridership peaked in the 1940s. It closed in 1988 following a long decline in train travel.

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