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Lexdetroitman_07
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Post Number: 59
Registered: 05-2006
Posted From: 74.131.204.36
Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 10:59 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Just wondering if there is any possibility of possibly building an ESPNZone in downtown...this would be a significant way of helping the city out even further!! Well let me know your opinions, comments, criticism...I'm all eyes and ears!! :-)

Lexdetroitman_07
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Motorcitymayor2026
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Post Number: 877
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Posted From: 68.74.0.106
Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 11:00 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh, this should be interersting....

Look out Lex.
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Hysteria
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Post Number: 301
Registered: 02-2006
Posted From: 152.163.100.8
Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 11:03 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Pandora's Box has been reopened ...
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Chitaku
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Post Number: 397
Registered: 03-2006
Posted From: 68.43.107.72
Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 11:26 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hooters is comming, i'm pretty sure of that
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Lexdetroitman_07
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Post Number: 61
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Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 11:44 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Chitaku, are you serious?..That would be a huge boost for the dining and sports scene in Detroit. Good news if it is true!

Lexdetroitman_07
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Tayshaun22
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Post Number: 211
Registered: 02-2005
Posted From: 69.14.101.116
Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 12:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

They can broadcast the events we'll have on the new ski hill.
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Andylinn
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Post Number: 75
Registered: 04-2006
Posted From: 68.40.195.233
Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 12:45 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Lex - I think this is a thoughtful idea. Though I believe that chain restaurants and stores will have/have their place in detroit's revival (hard rock is a good anchor in campus martius for example - chains have more capital with which to gamble) detroit will have only REALLY succeeded when AMAZING independant restaurants such as year old Slow's Barbecue are everywhere... not since I was 13 have I visited another city with asperations of visiting a chain such as hard rock (i'm assuming this is similar to espn zone) instead, when I visit chicago for example, I visit "that sweet bike themed restaurant."
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Diggelicious
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Post Number: 47
Registered: 08-2005
Posted From: 69.242.214.142
Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 12:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

good that this thread is on the weekend before the commentary begins
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Detroiternthemist
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Post Number: 50
Registered: 01-2006
Posted From: 68.73.206.25
Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 1:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Andylinn,

I totally agree, what is the big fasination with chains and why people think you've arrived when one comes. I say places like the woodward.....and Slows...etc. Those types are what give the city character and where visitors like going.
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Adamjab19
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Post Number: 670
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 24.192.148.148
Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 1:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

As far as chains are concerned, I wouldn't mind seeing buffalo wild wings downtown. Maybe where that Madison's place is next to the Broderick Tower there. Love their chicken wings and they have a bunch of beer on tap as well as alot of TV's.

I do agree though with some of the above statements. Unique original restaurants are usually better and "cooler" for a city.
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Chitaku
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Post Number: 398
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Posted From: 68.43.107.72
Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 2:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Well my girl applied for a waitressing job on craigslist that said for Downtown Detroit, and when she got a reply it said hooters? So i'm guessing one is coming.
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The_aram
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Post Number: 4917
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 68.41.124.8
Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 2:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

OK. So. Detroit automatically becomes the center of world civilization if the following occur:

1. Opening of an ESPNZone
2. Opening of a Cheesecake Factory
3. Opening of a House Of Blues
4. New Olympia
5. Steve Wilson does a story on insurance rates
6. Rock Financial builds a new headquarters downtown
7. The Free Press puts Detroit back in the headline on Sundays
8. Every parking garage has ground floor retail that Royce can access without thinking about it
9. Roger Penske is elected mayor
10. Someone hires both Jelk and Jams

That's all we need, folks. Start writing letters. GET 'R DUN!
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Ndavies
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Post Number: 1879
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 70.227.216.90
Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 3:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Do a search. We've talked about this ad-nauseum. There's at least 4 years of info in the archives. It ain't happening.
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Viziondetroit
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Post Number: 518
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 68.42.176.190
Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 4:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I am actually waiting for Detroit Disney to open up in the Atwater area
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Valkyrias
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Post Number: 262
Registered: 02-2005
Posted From: 69.47.103.87
Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 5:28 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

lol, i think the_aram summed it up nicely...

lex, def take ndavies advice, especially when it comes to asking about such specific development questions. most every topic you can ever think of has been discussed time and time again on here...and not doing a little research beforehand will definitely get a lot of forumers jumping down your throat. i mean, i know that you're new on here and you don't even live in the area, but most others won't know that (and won't care either and/or will take any chance they can get to fight).

btw, welcome to the forum :-)
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Lexdetroitman_07
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Post Number: 62
Registered: 05-2006
Posted From: 74.131.204.36
Posted on Sunday, June 04, 2006 - 12:45 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Valkyrias, I just was looking for some thoughts from those of you who do live in the Detroit area...any new development will certainly be helpful for the city and I do hope that Detroit prospers in their revival process!! I agree with a lot of the posts in here about being unique and adding a flavor unlike any others, but at the same time, adding such chains as Hooters and Buffalo Wild Wings would be a very nice attraction for the city. Just giving my 2 cents.

Lexdetroitman_07
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Gistok
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Post Number: 2242
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Posted From: 4.229.72.89
Posted on Sunday, June 04, 2006 - 1:15 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think that one chain that would be welcome downtown, and would be visited by a lot of Forumers would be the Rand McNally Map Store. I've been to the one in Chicago on Michigan Avenue. An awesome place.

My buddy's who came along for the trip were getting annoyed with me... because they had to physically remove me from the store! :-)
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Pdtpuck
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Post Number: 36
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Posted From: 208.251.168.194
Posted on Sunday, June 04, 2006 - 1:17 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

chains blow...they make every metropolitan area look EXACTLY LIKE THE NEXT ONE! When my mom's best friend goes on vacation, guess what her favorite thing to do is?........go to the local Wal-Mart!!!! How sad is that? I can't imagine what on earth would make one Wally World different from the next!
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Gumby
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Post Number: 1225
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Posted From: 68.60.143.186
Posted on Sunday, June 04, 2006 - 11:25 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wow, that is sad Pdtpuck.
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Danindc
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Post Number: 1509
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Posted From: 67.100.158.10
Posted on Sunday, June 04, 2006 - 1:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Establishing local identity through increased numbers of corporate restaurants--currently my favorite ironic idea.
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Haydenth
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Post Number: 88
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Posted From: 68.252.5.167
Posted on Sunday, June 04, 2006 - 2:12 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Gistok: I used to work for the Rand McNally store in Somerset mall. It was such a great place to work. Unfortunately, Rand McNally closed most/all of their retail outlets (they only had about 20 nationwide in upscale malls and downtowns)

I visited the store in downtown San Fransisco back in the late 1990s. Pretty damn cool place.

(Message edited by haydenth on June 04, 2006)
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Motorcitymayor2026
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Posted From: 24.231.189.137
Posted on Sunday, June 04, 2006 - 5:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I would take a chain over an empty abandoned storefront any day
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Lexdetroitman_07
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Post Number: 65
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Posted on Sunday, June 04, 2006 - 10:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Motorcitymayor2026, that is exactly what I am saying. We don't have to have all chains, but a few just to get things up and running would be a great boost. Original flavor is definitely what I think is the best for Detroit.

Lexdetroitman_07
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Deputy_mayor_2026
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Posted on Monday, June 05, 2006 - 12:07 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Who in his/her right mind would turn down ANY business looking to buy and use property in Detroit? Unless it is more strip joints or porn shops, I don't really care, as long as the D receives some cash and the city looks nicer.
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Danindc
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Post Number: 1512
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Posted From: 67.100.158.10
Posted on Monday, June 05, 2006 - 8:50 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


quote:

We don't have to have all chains, but a few just to get things up and running would be a great boost.




Chains are very risk-averse, and often don't open locations until local businesses have already succeeded. These chains are especially unfamiliar with urban patterns of development, and given the City of Detroit's withered economic base, are going to be especially skeptical. In other words, the chains won't arrive en masse until things are already jumping.


quote:

Original flavor is definitely what I think is the best for Detroit.




Can you explain how copying a concept that has been repeatedly used elsewhere provides "original flavor"?
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Lurker
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quote:

Lexdetroitman_07
Posted on Sunday, June 04, 2006 - 9:47 pm:
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Motorcitymayor2026, that is exactly what I am saying. We don't have to have all chains, but a few just to get things up and running would be a great boost. Original flavor is definitely what I think is the best for Detroit.

Lexdetroitman_07



What's this "we" shit? Didn't you say that you have never been here?
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Motorcitymayor2026
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Post Number: 887
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Posted on Monday, June 05, 2006 - 9:38 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hahaha.
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Gambling_man
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Post Number: 751
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 199.178.193.5
Posted on Monday, June 05, 2006 - 10:46 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Map Stores? Are you guyes completely insane? How cool can a store that sells maps and map-related products be? Sounds like someone needs a hobby, other than geography........

LOL, I can only imagine how crowded the store gets on magnifying glass day!

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