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Detroitnerd
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Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 7:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Last month, I noticed that the jewelry shop on Monroe near St. Antoine was vacant. And now it's gone. That was fast.
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Detroitplanner
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Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 8:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm sure greektown casino will replace it with something pronto
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Spiritofdetroit
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Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 8:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The jeweler moved into the casino...
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Fury13
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Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 8:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Greektown is certainly not that Greek anymore.
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Lmichigan
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Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 8:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Greektown hasn't be "that Greek" for decades, now. That's nothing new. I'm sure the Germans in the neighborhood felt the same way when their neighborhood changed.
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Fury13
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Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 8:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What I meant was that it's a tourist trap. It's NOT a neighborhood. There are only restaurants along one street (that all serve the same food, really) and one mediocre gift shop... there is nothing that speaks to the Greek-American immigrant experience.

Nothing like Astoria, Queens, NYC; Greektown in Chicago (which keeps getting bigger and better); or Tarpon Springs, Florida.
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Lmichigan
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Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 8:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Very true, but the fact that it survived, at all, is nothing short of amazing.
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Erikd
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Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 9:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That building and the surrounding parking lots were purchased by the casino for the upcoming expansion. There will be new storefront retail space where the jewelry store and parking lots were.
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Chitaku
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Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 9:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

greektown is my neighborhood
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Downtown_remix
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Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 10:04 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Greektown has survived an will soon expand eastward. never dreamed it would happn.. even though its not as greek as yesterlife,im glad its becomeing a tourist destination, not just a pit stop, or a quick stroll
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Wash_man
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Posted on Monday, April 09, 2007 - 10:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I posted this last week on another thread...thought it was appropriate again.


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Downtown_remix
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 9:40 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

i can amagine them building the additional casino space in an old style design, or ultra modern style to reflect the style of the new glass hulk of a hotel. street front retail will front monroe with hopefully tourist drivin themes shops that use to fill trappers alley.
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Gambling_man
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 9:56 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The jeweler is NOT moving into the casino. That was originally planned, but they dropped out. I believe there are some elevations of the "gap" building on the Rosetti website.
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Gambling_man
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 9:59 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Fury, I think you are discounting Greektown heavily.....Virtually every owner on BOTH sides of Monroe St and for a few blocks from that are Greek Immigrants themselves.....The restaraunt selections have gotten much better in recent years, with the addition of Mosaic, Sweet Georgia Brown, and Pappys. I can only say that the changes in Greektown planned for the next few years will astound most people on this site.
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Wilus1mj
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Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 - 10:15 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Any plans for Condo/Loft development in the Greektown Area...or plans to move/sell the courthouse/jail.

Seems like prime sites that the city could sell.
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Royce
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Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 2:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What would be great in that area is if they developed the block immediately north of Monroe Street, Macomb. The Wayne County Sheriff's office and its huge parking lot take up that space now. It would be nice to have a continuation of the streetscape found on Monroe Street with newly built two-story store fronts and perhaps even have lofts/condos above the stores or a live/work condo development.

Instead of having Greek-themed restaurants and shops on this block, it could be a block with a United Nations-theme, meaning restaurants and shops featuring food and items from all over the world.

(Message edited by royce on April 14, 2007)
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Royce
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Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 3:40 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Addendum: Didn't know that this building was going to be torn down. If the school was demolished or moved, then there would have been plenty of room to put the hotel on that location. The hotel could easily connect to the casino.

I still loathe the idea of cutting a walkway into the school building. If that's how this historic building is going to be treated, then I honestly would prefer it be torn down. Aesthetically it is going to look tacky. Period.

(Message edited by royce on April 15, 2007)
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Gistok
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Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 4:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I believe that the walkway will not be going inside the historic St. Mary's School. It will bypass that building and connect with the casino in that currently empty spot where the jewelers used to be. I believe Gambling_man stated this on another thread.
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Royce
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Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 4:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Then, Gistok, that will work.

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