Trui Moerkerke is a Belgian journalist who moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan with her family in the Summer of 2016. She decided to make the most of the waiting-for-the work-permit-time. She is fascinated with Detroit and studied to become a tour guide. There is so much to see, so much to tell. As a journalist and former editor, Trui knows a thing or two about storytelling. Trui is still writing for Belgian magazines and newspapers and she founded A Dose of Detroit. She's ready to take you on a guided tour in this amazing city (in Dutch, French and English).
The majestic 18-story Michigan Central Station, once a Detroit landmark, became the sad symbol of Detroit's downfall. After the last train left the station, the building fell into disrepair. Built by the architects of New York's Grand Central Station in 1913, Detroit's train depot had a terminal in beaux-arts style and an 18-story office building. The station was destined for travel in grand style.
The building nearly didn't make it to the 21st century. Vandalism and neglect turned it into a ruin.
In 2018, the fate of the station finally changed. Architecture lovers were relieved to hear that the Ford Motor Company bought the building. After extensive renovations, Michigan Central Station will be Ford headquarters for the division of self-driving cars.