How A Complex City Gets Built

Detroit started life as a fur trapping town on the edge of the river on the Great Lakes.  Farms grew up around it, so when more people came to live there expansion along old trading routes wasn’t always easy.  This delightful old film explains the mess of roads in the city as city planners fought with land owners to create a city that cars could love.


Look out for how Henry Ford’s own city within a city creates its own diversions, and how wealthier residents deliberately built meandering streets to discourage people from driving through.