Poletown

detroit, michigan

Poletown was originally named after the thousands of Polish immigrants who originally lived in the area, in search of work in nearby auto plants and/or slaughterhouses.  The landscape of Poletown changed dramatically in 1981, when the city of Detroit forcefully relocated 4,200 residents to allow for the construction of the General Motors Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly Plant

Today the visual landscape of Poletown is dominated by the memories of its occupation and the burned/abandoned remnants of its single-family homes