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Tetsua
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http://www.detnews.com/apps/pb cs.dll/article?AID=/20060508/U PDATE/605080409


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The program will have a public presence starting in June, Penske said. Sidewalks will be power-washed and scrubbed daily, and graffiti and trash will be removed, he said.

"You will see workers in uniforms and in trucks," Penske said.


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Tetsua
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Sorry about the double post.
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Mackinaw
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This is good news, says something about Penske, and will have the end result of downtown looking great (I'd like to know just how much of downtown), and suburbanites feeling a little bit more at ease downtown.

A daily powerwashing might be a little too much, though...I don't want those new sidewalks turning to dust after a year.
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Tetsua.. hit me up kevin at urbansourcedetroit dot com
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this is great news!

but there are few questions i'd like answered before getting too excited.

one, what is the exact area this will encompass? *downtown* could be considered just the cbd, but others sometimes lump in areas like midtown and new center under that main heading. for that matter, would that include areas such as corktown or other neighborhoods that are close to or in the downtown area?

two, what about privately owned properties, particularly ones that aren't kept up by it's owners? or parking lots. will those areas be cleaned in any way?

three, are 45 workers enough for this job?

four, since it seems the city won't have to put forth government monies to clean this *area* where will that *surplus* go?

again, this is wonderful news, but it just seems like there are some important questions not answered here...
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Naturalsister
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What's a surplus?

later - naturalsister wearing a blonde wig
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Valkyrias
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heh...good question, that's why i said *surplus*. maybe a better way of asking this is: what will happen to the money that would go towards general maintenance for that area of the city? (since it seems it won't be needed anymore)
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Tetsua
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Check your mail frat.
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Itsjeff
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what will happen to the money that would go towards general maintenance for that area of the city?

Two boxes of Crackerjack should about cover it.

The City traditionally doesn't do much for downtown upkeep. Private industry funds trash removal, the streets are rarely swept (thus all the green glass on Shelby every morning) alleys and abandoned buildings smell of urine. If Super Bowl hadn't prompted new roads and lights, the old stuff would still be there, in semi-disrepair.

I will say that when snows, downtown is promptly plowed and salted. Also, I always marvel at how well downtown is picked up the morning after the fireworks, when it is absolutely trashed. (Same with the day after parades. From trash to clean in a day.) The public spaces along Jefferson are always kept clean, too.
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Supersport
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If they go cleaning all the back alleys and Detroit loses it's smell of urine/shit when you pass them, then a little bit of Detroit's character will be lost. :-(
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Itsjeff
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Tis all about maintainin' the authenticity, my friend. Maintainin' the authenticity.
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Supersport
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Ya know, I crack up every time I hear that.

-Supersport...retaining genuineness.

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