For those who haven’t seen the place with their own eyes, this four-minute video captures the Detroit Packard plant better than anything done yet. Watch this.
Note: To see the Packard plant in its finest hour, building Merlin aircraft engines to win World War II, watch this rare historical film.
Here at Mac’s Motor City Garage, we’ve reported before on the abandoned Detroit Packard complex on East Grand Boulevardt. You can find our photo feature and report here, and here’s a portal to the excellent Detroit Free Press series on the plant.
However, below you can find the most striking visual reportage yet, performed by Harry Arnold of Drone Detroit/ITV and his amazing remote helicopter cam. MCG has spent some time in the Packard ruins and in his view, this video absolutely nails the current state of the facility. It’s pretty much just like being there. Also, Arnold’s video is a brutal work of art.
If nothing else, this footage should finally put to rest all the talk from but well-meaning but utterly clueless folks who’ve never been there, but for some reason keep insisting that the enormous old factory should be saved. No. The plant needs to go away, yesterday. It’s a horrible blight on the community. Now that Packard East Grand has a new owner, maybe this clip will help to inform the civic conversation about what needs to happen next.
Now watch the incredible video.