Back in the 40s, even during the hottest parts of World War II, the world was trying to decide exactly where to place the headquarters of the up-and-coming United Nations, a place where the nations of the world could come together in a single place and discuss everything from commerce to diplomacy. In the midst of this, Detroit jumped right in and said “We have the PERFECT place for it!”
The place: Belle Isle. A large island connected to Detroit, now a preserve and park, then, almost became the world’s center of diplomacy. It’s location almost dead-on the US-Canadian border made it an ideal place in the eyes of local leaders — on both sides of the border.
Indeed, almost over night, the City of Detroit found itself in hot competition with other cities across the nation, including Boston and Chicago.
When it was decided that the Midwest was far too against the idea of Globalization than more costal areas, that, and a grant from John Rockefeller in the amount of $8.5 Million USD essentially made the deal for the City of New York.
- The UN on Belle Isle? Detroit said ‘Yes’ (wxyz.com)
- Belle Isle (meredithmiotke.blogspot.com)