If you're looking at it from one perspective, Henry Ford might seem like a beneficial person to Detroit's history. After all, he raised the minimum wage from $2.34 to $5.00 and was one of the first business owners to offer his employees a stake in his company. These benefits were so rare and enticing, in fact, that in 1914, ten thousand men lined up outside of the Ford plant hoping to gain employment ("10,000").
But of course, for every action there is an opposite and equal reaction. One, employing this many people meant that one day this many people would be unemployed. When you are enticing this many people to move to your area, you have to ensure the city can support and provide for this many people. One example of the city's inability to support this influx of people was the municipal transportation system. The city's train system had just opened in 1913, but offering people higher wages meant they were able to afford their own transportation, resulting in less people using the train. Therefore, only a few weeks after it opened, the Detroit Train Station had already started its decline (LeDuff 81).
It appears that, the more advancements we have, the further we proceed into poverty. While Ford was making advancements in their car production, neighboring car company Packard was beginning to struggle because of the competition. Packard closed, meaning all of its employees were now unemployed citizens of Detroit. Ford felt the impact of competition themselves when America started importing more foreign-made cars. The availability of less-expensive cars was appealing to Americans, meaning the demand for domestic cars dropped, contributing to Ford's many factory closings and subsequent rising unemployment rates (LeDuff 81).
In addition, technological advancements (machines doing what humans used to), led to many automotive industry workers losing their jobs as well (Sugrue). Advancements usually seem like a good thing at the time, but their negative effects either aren't evaluated fully, or aren't possible to predict at the time (LeDuff 81).