Do Vancouver’s gleaming towers and vibrant waterfront that they keep showing during NBC’s Olympic coverage remind you of Detroit? No. Me neither.
But back in the day, just before the city entered its downward spiral, Detroit too made a bid for the Olympics. It was America’s candidate city for the 1968 summer games. They were eventually awarded to Mexico City, but Detroit put together a pretty snazzy presentation to market itself. Thanks to the interwebs we can still see those promo videos.
The videos, narrated by Detroit Mayor Jerome Cavanaugh, show the city circa 1965 and its (kind of creepy) modernist vision for itself. As someone who grew up in Metro Detroit, I found these videos amazing. They are a little long, but worth watching, particularly if your mental image of Detroit looks like this.
Here are some more videos of Detroit’s presentation to the IOC that detail the proposed venues and Olympic Village.
And remember, “the city on the straights welcomes you to share that vision as it continues to plan, to build and yes, to dream.”