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Lowell
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Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 1:39 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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. :-)
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Docmo
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Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 1:50 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Developing the riverfront with the RiverWalk
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Beavis1981
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Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 1:54 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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.........
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Gsgeorge
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Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 1:56 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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.
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Ltorivia485
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Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 2:05 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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)
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Jjw
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Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 7:32 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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.
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Danny
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Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 7:56 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Best decision of Detroit. Electing Dennis Archer for mayor of Detroit. He flared up development for Downtown Detroit, midtown and local area ghettohoods.
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321brian
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Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 9:14 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Getting its act together for Super Bowl week last year.
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Gannon
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Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 9:25 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Letting Tyree do his thang.


The Spirit of Detroit statue.


Belle Isle (seconded).
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Tetsua
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Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 11:24 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Belle Isle (Thirded)

Finally opening up the riverfront

Converting older buildings into condos

The pretty sweet street grid we have
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65memories
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Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 11:54 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

all of the above
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East_detroit
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Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 12:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Fixing the Davison.
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Gsgeorge
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Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 12:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Can I add 'all of our 1920s skyscrapers' to this list?

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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.
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Hybridy
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Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 1:09 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

roma cafe
the dakota inn
palmer woods, university district, north rosedale park, boston edison neighborhoods, and brush park when the ransom gillis is restored
faygo!
eventual riverfront development
and the fence around udm

(Message edited by hybridy on January 21, 2007)
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Detroit_stylin
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Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 1:35 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

<<<Fourths Belle Isle...
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Scs100
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Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 2:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Belle Isle (fifthed)
Lafayette Coney Island
The Rink/Campus Martius
Book Cadillac (seconded)
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Lmichigan
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Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 7:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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...
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Yvette248
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Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 10:58 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

All of the above plus....

Winterfest 20007.
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Tigers2005
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Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 11:15 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The development of the interurban system, which eventually led to one of the worst decisions ever (see that thread).
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Quozl
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Posted on Sunday, January 21, 2007 - 11:29 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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.
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Vandykenjefferson
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Posted on Monday, January 22, 2007 - 1:38 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

-MOCAD
-Henry B. Joy to hire Albert Kahn
-For the parents of James J. Couzens to concieve James
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Mattric43
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Posted on Monday, January 22, 2007 - 1:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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.
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Jams
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Posted on Monday, January 22, 2007 - 7:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Allowing Cadillac to set foot ashore.
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East_detroit
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Posted on Monday, January 22, 2007 - 8:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Attracting Compuware.
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Scottr
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Posted on Monday, January 22, 2007 - 8:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

sticking with fairly recent decisions...

Riverwalk

Campus Martius

Book-Cadillac

GM's move to the RenCen

Downtown stadiums (along with the super bowl, all-star game, and world series)

Tigers hiring Jim Leyland
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Fareastsider
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Posted on Monday, January 22, 2007 - 8:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Outer Dr. It is so unique, as well as the street layout of the city

Large Parks

Architecture
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Professorscott
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Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 - 1:26 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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.

Eastern Market.

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.

Professor Scott
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Bma
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Posted on Saturday, January 27, 2007 - 8:56 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

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.
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Tetsua
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Posted on Saturday, January 27, 2007 - 10:03 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Can't believe I forgot Techtown.
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French777
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Posted on Saturday, January 27, 2007 - 10:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

no importance order....

People Mover during special events
River Walk
REN CEN
Book Cadillac
WSU
midtown
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Waz
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Posted on Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 9:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Kicking out Augustus Woodward before he could continue with his cockamamy street plan. Could you imagine driving through miles of "circuses" nowadays?
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Jams
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Posted on Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 9:41 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

...but it was "walkable". :-)

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