December 1, 2015 at 12:01 am

Woodward: A journey through 200 years

The northward-bound thoroughfare has been the barometer of Metro Detroit's culture, economy and society for two centuries, from the days when Indians walked the dirt path to Detroit's rebirth after the fire of 1805 through the golden days of the mid-20th century to the highs and lows of recent decades.

The landscape of Woodward -- dubbed M-1, the nation's first "superhighway" -- is a reflection of the region's ebb and flow, its joys and sorrows.

Each Monday between now and August's Dream Cruise fest we'll highlight and explore some facet of the avenue, from the ridiculous to the sublime.

Hop aboard and enjoy the ride.