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Homeless Boats at the Abandoned Packard Plant-Detroit | by DetroitDerek Photography ( ALL RIGHTS RESERVED )
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Homeless Boats at the Abandoned Packard Plant-Detroit

During it's peak period ( the 1920's and 30's ) , over 40,000 people would work here in a single day. Shifts ran 24 hours ( 3 8-hour shifts ), and there were 2 huge department stores, 2 schools, a travel agency, and a grocery store built into the complex. When it opened in 1903, it was considered the most modern automobile manufacturing facility in the world. The plant closed in 1957 ( although parts of it are still rented out ). The plant complex covers 35 acres ( 3.5 Million Square feet ) . Homeless people have long used this building as a shelter, and there have been boats as well as an ambulance stored here for some reason. I did not have to go inside the building to get this shot - the entire wall has been "removed".

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Taken on March 2, 2008