Visit Hamtramck these days and you’ll feel a thick sense of resentment in the air. A feeling of unfairness and having been abandoned permeates, and reasonably so: because workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant were given a raw deal. And so was the surrounding community.
On the Monday after Thanksgiving, General Motors announced its decision to stop production at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant, idling thousands of workers and laying a blow to thousands of supplier jobs and supporting businesses.
For Hamtramck, the announcement means 1,500 plus jobs lost. But it also means a community that gave up a big chunk of who and what it was 40 years ago, did it for nothing.
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