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Chitaku
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Post Number: 87
Registered: 03-2006
Posted From: 68.43.107.72
Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 2:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Maybe a revival of the failed Plum Street could bring people into town. I mean most of the city police turn the other cheek to pot smoking anyway. "rightfuly so"
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Jams
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Post Number: 3047
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 69.218.157.85
Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 2:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Shall we return it to the area of the basement of the MGM Casino it was originally?

http://info.detnews.com/histor y/story/index.cfm?id=136&categ ory=locations
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Dialh4hipster
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Post Number: 1544
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.250.205.35
Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 2:55 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Plum Street didn't even really work the first time around, so why would we repeat it? I mean, except to continue the fine Detroit tradition of no new bold ideas.
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Kbkav
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Post Number: 230
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 207.74.196.20
Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 4:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

dialh, you're such a buzzkill. it's always a good idea to plant a "neighborhood" down unorganically! surefire success is bound to follow. it worked for chinatown, it will work for africantown, and is bound to work for plum street. in fact, let's super it up and call it plum streete deluxxe. exxxtra eee's and xxxx's are sophisticated marketing tools, dog.
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Rustic
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Post Number: 2289
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 130.132.177.245
Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 4:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

didn't plum st kinda transport itself in time and space like magic up on that isolated block of 4th st north of the ford freeway anyway?
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Dabirch
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Post Number: 1439
Registered: 06-2004
Posted From: 208.44.117.10
Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 5:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

kbkav -

You forgot about our new asian village parking deck neighborhood
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Lmichigan
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Post Number: 3480
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 67.172.95.197
Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 6:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I suggest that you guys better start asking MGM for part of the street back, first. lol
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Ddaydave
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Post Number: 364
Registered: 04-2005
Posted From: 67.149.185.244
Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 6:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

a while back I took a look at plum street on google earth there wasn`t much left of it before MGM started building
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Huggybear
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Post Number: 191
Registered: 08-2005
Posted From: 68.79.95.74
Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 8:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


quote:

dialh, you're such a buzzkill. it's always a good idea to plant a "neighborhood" down unorganically! surefire success is bound to follow. it worked for chinatown, it will work for africantown, and is bound to work for plum street. in fact, let's super it up and call it plum streete deluxxe. exxxtra eee's and xxxx's are sophisticated marketing tools, dog.


Don't forget to add Roman numerals, your choice of a word for business and some kind of completely gratuitous corporate suffix. Then you need to add more adjectives.

I can't wait to buy a new cell phone at "Plum Street International Communications Enterprise IV, L.L.C."
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Owen101683
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Post Number: 6
Registered: 04-2005
Posted From: 35.11.135.30
Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 8:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think something like that would work better if it were placed closer to the university.
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Eric
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Post Number: 400
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 35.11.210.161
Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 8:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You can't just create something like so talking about reviving it is completely pointless
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East_detroit
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Post Number: 566
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 69.212.169.194
Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 9:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

1st floor of the UGL
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Ddaydave
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Post Number: 365
Registered: 04-2005
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Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 9:17 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Do any Detroityeser`s have any plum street stories ?? was it a cool place to hang
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Dialh4hipster
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Post Number: 1547
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.250.205.35
Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 9:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Ddaydave, I seem to recall some stories, or at least some links to some stories, being posted on the forum here once upon a time. I think. I might have been high.

Anyway, try a search, you might find what you are looking for.
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Douglasm
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Post Number: 517
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 66.189.188.28
Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 9:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It was probably for about 6 months. The first picture in the News article showed a resturant, above which was a cool little "coffee house" called The Wisdom Tooth that used to feature local folk singers or acoustic bands, and after hours jazz. The second shot is of the neighborhood grocery store that ancored the other end, which ended up as a "way station" for spare changers. It wasn't a bad place to spend a Saturday night, it just didn't have any reason for being there. Kinda a hippie tourist trap, the difficulty being the hippie tourists (me, for example) didn't have any money or the shops weren't geared to the hippie tourists.

I don't know if you can "create" a district like Plum Street. Chicago's Old Town existed as a district before it became "discovered", as did Seattle's Pioneer Square area. Both had character in spades, and it was that character that was built upon to make the districts what they are now. Plum Street didn't have any of that. In a way I'm a bit suprised something like it didn't develop along the Cass Corridor, an area that had both character and the built in clientele to support it as it grew.

I guess in retrospect (from 40 years down the road) Plum Street should be considered a grand, noble but in the end glorious failure.
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Alexei289
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Post Number: 1096
Registered: 11-2004
Posted From: 68.61.183.223
Posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006 - 11:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cass Corridor anyone??


Joint Venture... now that sounds like a REALLY neat shop ;)
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Jiminnm
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Post Number: 396
Registered: 02-2005
Posted From: 68.35.85.184
Posted on Wednesday, April 05, 2006 - 4:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

As an infrequent visitor to the original Plum Street in the mid-late 1960s, I would hope that any revival is better than the original. It was an attempt to recreate a Haight-Asbury area in Detroit. I don't recall anything very memorable about the shops or the people, although there may be reasons for that. I also don't think that Plum St. existed for all that long, and may be one of those placess that are remembered more for what they represented than what they were in real life.

I was going to WSU at the time, and thought the campus area and places on Woodward were more interesting (like John Sinclair's short-lived See theater). A couple of the shops from Plum St., however, had very cool radio ads and I have a few on an air checks CD from WABX.

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