The heartland of Motown- music defining an era and a generation. Motor City really is motoring.
Detroit, Michigan; a metropolitan hustle and bustle unrivalled by most of the USA and enjoying the effects of the expansion of the motoring and manufacturing industry.
Or at least that’s what I would have said about Detroit before the 1970s.
Michigan’s most populous city these days is a completely different story. Filled with abandoned motor plants, it filed for bankruptcy in 2013.
Like Detroit, the north east was once known as the leader of an industry. Although it wasn’t music, or motors, the region was the king of coal.
Right across the north, coal mines employed hundreds of thousands, stretching back generations… Then came the 1980s. Strikes followed by closures, along with the industry’s ship building ceasing seemed to signal the end of the area as a powerhouse. But unlike Michigan’s biggest city, the north east was not about to become a ruin.
1984, the same year as the strikes, saw permission granted for Nissan to build a plant in Sunderland. Two years later, the factory opened on Wearside. It was a move that would put the north east back on the map as a hub of industry.
The Nissan Bluebird was the first car to be rolled off the manufacturing line and in time was followed by now iconic names like Micra, Qashqai and as of late 2015, Infiniti.
Motoring though is not the only industry putting the region at the forefront of it all. Technology start-ups in Sunderland are now going international, the regions universities are climbing the league tables, and cities have gone from grey afterthoughts, to thriving centres of entertainment and culture.
There are now a million reasons to come to the north east – from business to pleasure. No matter your reason for visiting, don’t get stuck in a cramped hotel. Consider a fully serviced apartment from Week2Week for all the comfort of home, right on the doorstep of it all.