Post Number: 3585
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 1:39 am: || |
Creating Belle Isle Park
Creating Campus Martius Park with Ice Rink
Supporting the creation of and funding the Detroit Institute of Arts
Time for counter thread.
Post Number: 209
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 1:50 am: || |
Developing the riverfront with the RiverWalk
Post Number: 80
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 1:54 am: || |
kwame maturing, formation of blight busters, book cadillac, woodward street plan, 5 dollars a day, and ransom gillis revival. not to mention black empowerment via C.A.Y,motown, and kronk gym let the list go on.........
Post Number: 92
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 1:56 am: || |
Building the automobile from the ground up.
Contributing more to architecture than Chicago or New York would like to admit.
Motown music... hell, any music from Detroit.
Fixing up the Book-Cadillac.
Post Number: 2874
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 2:05 am: || |
One of the best highway-expressway systems in the country (what? you don't have to depend on freeways to get around?)
300th Birthday Celebration (in 2001)
Improving Wayne State University Campus
Charles H. Museum of African American History
Stroh's Ice Cream, National Coney Island and Chicken Shack (lol)
(Message edited by ltorivia485 on January 21, 2007)
Post Number: 232
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 7:32 am: || |
not going ahead with plans to sell parts of Rouge Park, the lay-out and planning of the original street-grid, the formation of Belle Isle as a public park, coming to the realization that the waterfront is worthwhile developing,investments in the neighborhoods that can still be saved.
Post Number: 5432
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 7:56 am: || |
Best decision of Detroit. Electing Dennis Archer for mayor of Detroit. He flared up development for Downtown Detroit, midtown and local area ghettohoods.
Post Number: 286
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 9:14 am: || |
Getting its act together for Super Bowl week last year.
Post Number: 7944
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 9:25 am: || |
Letting Tyree do his thang.
The Spirit of Detroit statue.
Belle Isle (seconded).
Post Number: 1058
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 11:24 am: || |
Belle Isle (Thirded)
Finally opening up the riverfront
Converting older buildings into condos
The pretty sweet street grid we have
Post Number: 327
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 11:54 am: || |
all of the above
Post Number: 938
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 12:16 pm: || |
Fixing the Davison.
Post Number: 93
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 12:30 pm: || |
Can I add 'all of our 1920s skyscrapers' to this list?
Stroh's Ice Cream
Thanks Ltorivia, I'm glad to see this made the list! this actually was my family's business -- along with Melody Farms -- for three generations before being sold to Dean Foods a few years back.
Post Number: 61
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 1:09 pm: || |
the dakota inn
palmer woods, university district, north rosedale park, boston edison neighborhoods, and brush park when the ransom gillis is restored
eventual riverfront development
and the fence around udm
(Message edited by hybridy on January 21, 2007)
Post Number: 3621
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 1:35 pm: || |
<<<Fourths Belle Isle...
Post Number: 309
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 2:21 pm: || |
Belle Isle (fifthed)
Lafayette Coney Island
The Rink/Campus Martius
Book Cadillac (seconded)
Post Number: 5051
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 7:53 pm: || |
In no particular order...
1. Spoke road system which is set up perfectly for rapid transit.
2. Campus Martius (thanks Archer), and Belle Isle.
3. The saving of Orchestra Hall, and really just the rest of the cultural district.
4. The development of WSU not too soon after University of Michigan left the city. I can't imagine Midtown without it, and how much more it will mean to the city down the road.
5. So many more...
Post Number: 382
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 10:58 pm: || |
All of the above plus....
Post Number: 104
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 11:15 pm: || |
The development of the interurban system, which eventually led to one of the worst decisions ever (see that thread).
Post Number: 100
|Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 11:29 pm: || |
White Flight and the election of Coleman Young the crook.
My family made millions developing Grandpa's old Farm in Southfield and in Bloomfield Hills (Long Lake Road & Lahser).
Better schools, safer neighborhoods and piece of mind. Thanks to gramps, I was able to literally retire at 35 and develop properties in Texas and Colorado.
Post Number: 40
|Posted on Monday, January 22, 2007 - 1:38 am: || |
-Henry B. Joy to hire Albert Kahn
-For the parents of James J. Couzens to concieve James
Post Number: 112
|Posted on Monday, January 22, 2007 - 1:10 pm: || |
Even though my worst decision pick was abandoning Tiger stadium, and I am probably going to hear it for this, but Comerica park, Ford Field, Campus Martius and the revival down woodward along with the Greektown.
Post Number: 4608
|Posted on Monday, January 22, 2007 - 7:52 pm: || |
Allowing Cadillac to set foot ashore.
Post Number: 940
|Posted on Monday, January 22, 2007 - 8:22 pm: || |
Post Number: 176
|Posted on Monday, January 22, 2007 - 8:39 pm: || |
sticking with fairly recent decisions...
GM's move to the RenCen
Downtown stadiums (along with the super bowl, all-star game, and world series)
Tigers hiring Jim Leyland
Post Number: 53
|Posted on Monday, January 22, 2007 - 8:40 pm: || |
Outer Dr. It is so unique, as well as the street layout of the city
Post Number: 88
|Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 - 1:26 am: || |
Heck, this is like shooting fish in a barrel. Some of these aren't purely Detroit (city) things but here goes.
Detroit-style "coney island hot dogs", the unhealthiest and tastiest food on earth (and not available anywhere near the actual Coney Island).
Five border crossings in a sixty-mile stretch (two in Detroit, three in St. Clair County).
The Riverwalk concept, even though it's taken quite a while to get it going.
At one time, one of the best urban transit systems in the world. Jack Schramm has a great book about it, which you can get at:
John King Books (you've never been there?! Lodge at Howard, roughly, get down there right now!)
Buddy's Pizza. Try the original at East Six and Conant.
Constantly being on the leading edge of music, from the Funk Brothers 40+ years ago to the edgier urban music of today. We gave birth to Motown and Seger, much later Kid Rock and Eminem, and even though J. Geils and Kiss weren't from here we were a second home to them (and an early home to "Alice Cooper")
We still build the best damned cars in the world; now we just need people who know how to convince the rest of the world of that fact.
You can buy beer and liquor everywhere but church and the post office (and that's probably just because I don't go to a progressive church). And if you think selling time ends at 2 a.m., you don't know your way around the Duty Free Shop.
Wow! I could do this all night but I'll stop for now.
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Saturday, January 27, 2007 - 8:56 pm: || |
Saving orchestra hall, and The new max fisher music center with old orchestra hall. It's beautiful on the inside and open and airy, and you have a nice venue with some of the best acoustics in the country, with a world class orchestra, peopled with an audience of the nicest and most mixed crowd you will be surprised to encounter.
Post Number: 1069
|Posted on Saturday, January 27, 2007 - 10:03 pm: || |
Can't believe I forgot Techtown.
Post Number: 107
|Posted on Saturday, January 27, 2007 - 10:24 pm: || |
no importance order....
People Mover during special events
Post Number: 7
|Posted on Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 9:24 pm: || |
Kicking out Augustus Woodward before he could continue with his cockamamy street plan. Could you imagine driving through miles of "circuses" nowadays?
Post Number: 4639
|Posted on Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 9:41 pm: || |
...but it was "walkable".