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Leland_palmer
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Post Number: 231
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Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 1:03 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Has anyone noticed this on top of the garage next to the National Theater? All it seems to be is the roof structure to the up and down ramps. But, at first glance it looks like an incomplete ramp to additional levels that were never built. Either that , or it's a jump for Grand Theft Auto.





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Scottr
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Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 1:28 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

with so many garages in that immediate area, and numerous surface lots, surely it can't be for more parking. definitely for grand theft auto. :-)

seriously, though, i wonder how high it can go? looks like someone was thinking ahead.
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Docmo
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Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 1:40 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It's a butt ugly parking garage is all I know.
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Traxus
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Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 1:45 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Pill box for machine guns?
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Hunchentoot
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Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 2:35 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'll second that. That garage is so ugly. If I'm looking out at it from any of those shops in Compuware I always wish that they'd at least put some artwork on the blank rectangular areas.

Verizon. It's the network.
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Royce
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Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 2:58 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm gonna defend this parking lot since it can't defend itself here. This parking lot was a head of its time. At least it had the sense to include retail on the ground floor. What a forward-thinking idea since that's what everybody wants with new parking structures today.

I'll admit that its showing its age, but I think it's held up its outside appearance well. I like the plain white surface with the etched in lines. The one thing that I don't like about it is the overhang over the sidewalk. This was a popular idea back in the day when these parking decks were built(remember the old Opera House garage?), but it's not needed today.

BTW, this structure is surely over 25 years old. I remember someone saying that a parking garage is good for that period of time before it needs to be replaced. Well, for those of you who don't like it, maybe you get a new garage soon.

(Message edited by royce on February 24, 2007)
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Docmo
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Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 8:41 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Royce,
You're right about the ground floor retail. The garage, its developers and owners get a little bit of credit for that. It still is the ugliest garage in the CBD, IMHO. It looks like a piece of crap across from the Compuware garage.
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Psip
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Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 10:21 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That structure was built between 1952 and 1956 as seen on the CUMA DTE Photos
http://tools.comm.wayne.edu/me dia/low_res/aerial_photos/inde x.htm

I would say it has lived well past a 25 year cycle. Like 2X!

It is possible, during construction, it was decided that it wasn't sound enough to support additional levels.
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Gravitymachine
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Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 12:26 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

my armchair hypothesis is this:

those structures were completely intentional, while it may not look it.

these things serve as roof cover for the ramps coming up to the existing deck, but in making them it would not have made sense money wise to make new concrete molds for forms specific to supporting those roofs, so they used the forms and construction techniques they had already used in building the modules of the ramp up from the ground.
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Harsensis
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Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 12:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

When I fist saw the pic I thought it was the old ramps at Cobo roof.
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Leland_palmer
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Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 5:55 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It reminded me of the original Cobo ramp as well.

Thanks for the theory Gravity it makes sense.
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Traxus
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Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 6:03 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Or perhaps they built them that way incase they wanted to expand the structure?
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Dan
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Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 6:14 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

God bless the City Slicker.
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Erobtheone
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Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 6:25 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Agreed - God Bless the City
Slicker - the best place on the planet to purchase multi-colored gators!
Erob
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Cheddar_bob
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Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 6:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Almost certainly an Insane Jump Bonus location.

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