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Gravitymachine
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Post Number: 795
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Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2006 - 12:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

my girl is at avalon and said somethin's a burnin at cass and temple or so...

detroityes action squad, ACTIVATE! :-)

(Message edited by gravitymachine on January 28, 2006)
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Psip
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Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2006 - 12:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A 10 story building across the street from Masonic. Masonic is in NO danger. It was an abandoned building. I think I heard it was 3 alarm.
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Psip
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Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2006 - 12:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It was an apartment building, now it will be a premo parking lot.
Masonic
WSU

(Message edited by Psip on January 28, 2006)
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Bagman
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Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2006 - 1:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If you ask me, they are trying to get that building down before the big game. There are a few major events happing at the Masonic next week and that space is needed for parking. They have already torn down the building in the photo that is to the right of the one on fire.......The building on fire is on my bus route home. I noticed that it had been opened up a few weeks ago. I am of the belief that what happens is that after sitting boarded up tight the owners come around take of a few boards and let the folks have access, knowing that they will start fires to stay warm and eventually burn down the building. On Clifford where it meets Cass is another example of what I am talking about. The two buildings on the east side of the street were boarded up tight for years and just a few weeks ago the boards were removed and sure enough a fire.......yesterday it was roped off and it looks like they are getting ready to bulldoze these buildings....I'll have to jump on the Dexter and see what up....
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Jt1
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Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2006 - 1:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Is that the building that has caught on fire a few times already?
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Itsjeff
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Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2006 - 1:20 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We spent a lot of time cleaning out the front courtyard of that building during last fall's Cass Park cleanup. It took hours and we probably filled a dozen contractor's bags.

That's where I learned that donated clothes given to the homeless can be substituted for toilet paper.
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Itsjeff
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Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2006 - 1:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Jt1, this is the building that kept catching fire. It was finally demolished the fall of 2004.

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Pam
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Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2006 - 3:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Do the Masons ever do anything to help that neighborhood? I wondered that when I went on the Temple tour last year.
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Dag
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Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2006 - 3:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Pam-

While the Masons aren't doing more I think they are having a tremendously hard time of helping themselves right now. From what I know this is a hard time for the Masons, especially the cathedrals in Urban centers. Aging population, declining enrollment, yeah they are pinched but I do agree that there should be more of a proactive invluence on the surrounding area.

They aren't the shriners, you know.

(Message edited by Dag on January 28, 2006)
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Pam
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Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2006 - 3:34 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


quote:

They aren't the shriners, you know




Actually some of them are:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S hriners
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Dag
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Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2006 - 3:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Impressive. My quip was quite off the mark it seems. Well, while I stand corrected, I also stand impressed.
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Realitycheck
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Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2006 - 4:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


quote:

I stand corrected, I also stand impressed.


Me, I sit while working + playing at the screen.

Try PrepH Dag. Could help.mysmiley
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Hamtramck_steve
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Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2006 - 4:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Have the Masons gone too far down, or can they be persuaded to open their arms to their neighborhood? The idea would be to take an active role, get the neighborhood on the road to functioning again, and maybe some of the neighborhood people (new or old) would join.

Instead, they have been actively working against the neighborhood for a long time. The building either next to them or next to the building we are talking about was going to be rehabbed into housing for AIDS patients. The Masons put up such a stink, the peoject fell through.

The Masons argued that their patrons would not want to walk past AIDS patients, so housing them right next door would prevent people from attending shows at the theater.

I find it perfect that the building still sits unused to this day. I hope at least one or two people with the Masons are reminded of their short-sightedness and close-mindedness every time they look at it.
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Jjaba
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Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2006 - 5:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

In the decade of the 1910s, the Masons signed up 10,000 men a week in the USA. It was a very large deal.

Much of their properties now have been sold or demolished. Neighborhood lodges are stores, pizza joints, beer pubs, community centers, art galleries, etc. Their really big wonderful properties are so intact, not having the money to rennovate them modern, and ruin the original character.

Adaptive reuse like the Atlanta Fox Theater, the Mark Bldg. of the Portland Art Museum, and others are stunning rennovations. The Scottish Rite Temples in Portland and Oakland are really jewels, and still very intact. Oakland has two theater pipe organs still in place.

jjaba, Member of ATOS and THS.
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Resqroydfd
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Posted on Sunday, January 29, 2006 - 11:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cass/Temple Fire Photo 1/28/06
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Itsjeff
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Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 10:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

And down she goes. Bobby Ferguson told a friend that the remains of Temple Towers will be razed this Friday.
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Bagman
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Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 12:40 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

the crains and diggers were unloaded at around 5pm as I passed on my way home
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Royce
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Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 12:42 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I went pass this building tonight. They had a bright light on it like they had for the Dononvan/Motown Building and guys were in the alley talking shop. Bulldozers were lined up, ready for action. The way it looked, this building will be torn down by Friday, if not sooner.
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Bagman
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Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 12:48 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

they will be parking cars there for the many events that will be there this Fri and Sat night

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