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Chris_rohn
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Post Number: 183
Registered: 04-2005
Posted From: 68.77.160.147
Posted on Friday, February 03, 2006 - 4:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


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In 2001, when Detroit was picked to host, there were plans for several major hotel projects to be finished in time for the Super Bowl. The city's three casinos were steaming ahead with plans for the construction of permanent facilities, including Vegas-style hotel towers. The Book-Cadillac, an elegant, historic downtown hotel, had a reputable development team ready to begin restoration. Fast-forward five years later: The casino hotels have been stalled by litigation, and the Book-Cadillac remains shuttered and moldy. The Madison-Lenox, another historic hotel a block and a half from Ford Field, was demolished in 2005 to make way for a parking garage despite the best efforts of preservationists and developers.




http://www.slate.com/id/213542 2/

(Message edited by chris_rohn on February 03, 2006)
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Darwinism
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Post Number: 384
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Posted on Friday, February 03, 2006 - 5:20 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wow ..... hmmm ..... flashback moment back to 2001, and then fast-forward to 2006. Interesting.
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E_hemingway
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Post Number: 471
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.42.176.123
Posted on Friday, February 03, 2006 - 5:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wow, never knew the Statler was located at Michigan Ave. and Grand Circus Park. Actually, I never realized Michigan Ave. intersected with Grand Circus Park. And you know what, I'm glad they told me about the parking structure where the ML once was. They threw that thing up real fast. This story got a lot of little details wrong, but I think the overall sentiment was on target.
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Eric
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Post Number: 321
Registered: 11-2004
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Posted on Friday, February 03, 2006 - 6:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


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This story got a lot of little details wrong, but I think the overall sentiment was on target.





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The neighborhood around Ford Field (in background) hasn't seen much economic development




That doesn't give them carte blanche to lie so they can make a point this reminds me of that 100 buildings hit list. Anyone with half brain and who lives in Detroit knowst the above isn't remotely true

The gist of the article that I get is that since city made some bad decision with hisotric building like M-L and didn't finish on all pre-SBXL plans that it has been a failure for city. They seem to charaterize most SB improvements as just temporary I don't think this true at all. IMO this more than just getting some little details wrong
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Dialh4hipster
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Post Number: 1395
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.250.205.35
Posted on Friday, February 03, 2006 - 7:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sooooo the point of that article is that Detroit needs hotel rooms? At some point when I wasn't distracted by all the glaring inaccuracies, I am pretty sure I picked that up as the main point.
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Lmichigan
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Post Number: 3139
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 67.172.95.197
Posted on Friday, February 03, 2006 - 7:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ummm...where to begin...

1. Two hotel towers are under construction, with one on the way.

2. In even some of the most vibrant downtowns (barring the mega-cities of New York, Chicago, and the like) the Book-Cadillac would be quite the job, let alone in a city just rediscovering itself.

3. etc.
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Themapman
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Post Number: 232
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 130.126.81.7
Posted on Sunday, February 05, 2006 - 4:11 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm disappointed in a news outlet like Slate that prides itself on accuracy and well-thought out criticism and commentary to print something like this. Not only was it one of the most superficial pieces I've read on the city all week, it decided to dwell entirely on the negatives of a few (granted huge and irreversable) mistakes the city has made and continues to discount the simple fact that things are getting better. Maybe it hasn't reached the point yet where the city is being repopulated by white people, but I didn't know that was the freaking goal. You can walk around downtown, you can show it to outsiders, and now at least you don't have to immediately apologize like a 12 year old with a messy room. This is by far the biggest piece of trash that I've seen written by anyone this past week, and to have it written by two Michigan natives is just that much worse. I emailed the Slate editors and told them to check their sources.
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Motorcitymayor2026
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Post Number: 442
Registered: 10-2005
Posted From: 71.10.63.140
Posted on Sunday, February 05, 2006 - 4:23 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

interesting that a detroit resident wrote the article....

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