Detroitcityseat of Wayne county, southeastern MichiganU. Clair opposite WindsorOntarioCanada. Detroit is situated on a broad, generally flat plain.
The downtown area retains vestiges of a hexagonal street pattern laid out early in the 19th century that largely disappeared as the city expanded. Suburbs ring Detroit, and the city completely surrounds the communities of Hamtramck and Highland Park. The population has declined steadily since the mids, however, in part because much of the white community moved to the suburbs and also because of the loss of industry.
By the early 21st century, some four-fifths of the population was African American.
As a result, economic booms and depressions have been felt more heavily in Detroit than in most areas of the country. The service sector has become increasingly important.
The Detroit People Mover, a light-rail system serving the central business district, was completed in It was originally intended to serve as part of a regional transit system. However, the required funding never materialized; few were willing to campaign for rail transit in a city that was tied so closely to the automobile, and the People Mover became little more than a curiosity for tourists.
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The city is connected to Windsor by a bridge and a tunnel. Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is located about 17 miles 27 km southwest of downtown.
Among the colleges and universities in the city are Wayne State University and the University of Detroit Mercy The Henry Ford Museum in suburban Dearborn holds an extensive collection of transportation equipment, while the ading Greenfield Village contains reconstructions of 19th-century American buildings and exhibits of traditional crafts. Since Detroit has maintained a symphony orchestra; summer concerts are presented at the Meadow Brook Music Festival in nearby Rochester.
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