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    Retired autoworker Bob Bowen shows off his 1957 Ford Thunderbird, which he bought with his wages at age 18. (Photo: Jason Margolis)

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    Downtown Ypsilanti is making a comeback with new stores and restaurants. Bob Bowen calls the changes "aesthetic," saying what the people really need are jobs. (Photo: Jason Margolis)

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    The last downtown dealership on what was once auto row in Ypsilanti. Most car dealerships are located in nearby Ann Arbor. (Photo: Jason Margolis)