"Oftentimes I'm out, and I might meet somebody, and we talk about where we live, and I say, 'Well, I live in the world's largest abandoned building. I live at the Packard plant.' And some people think that's really a novel, cool idea, you know. And other people they're taken back by like, 'How could anyone live in an abandoned building with no water and no facilities?' But it suits my purposes just fine." - Allen, the lone resident of Detroit's abandoned Packard Automotive Plant
The Packard Automotive Plant on Detroit's east side opened to fanfare in 1907. It was the first reinforced concrete industrial complex in Detroit, and manufactured some of America's first luxury cars: Packards and Studebakers. The plant was shut down in 1958, following the brand's lack of popularity among cheaper and smaller competitors, and is now under threat of demolition.
It's interesting to see this kind of site from the perspective of a resident. Typically, abandoned sites are just that. Seeing this makes me want the impossible/unreasonable: to move it somewhere where it has a better economic chance. What about you? How do these buildings and this story move you?
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