Seeing that the freeways have been gettin' so much "hate" around here lately...
Regional group OKs $2.3B plan to widen I-94, I-75
Plans to add lanes to I-94 north of downtown Detroit and I-75
A consortium of southeastern Michigan governments has endorsed a $2.3 billion plan to widen two stretches of Interstates 75 and 94 serving Detroit and its suburbs.
The commission of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments voted 24-7 Friday to proceed with plans to add lanes to I-94 north of downtown Detroit and I-75 in the city's northern suburbs.
Supporters say the work is needed to loosen traffic bottlenecks, while opponents say it would damage neighborhoods through which the highways travel.
Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Rob Morosi tells MLive DOT com the earliest work would begin no sooner than 2016 on I-75 and 2018 on I-94.
I-94 would get extra lanes between Conner and I096, while I-75 would get them from Eight Mile Road to Michigan 59.
I definitely don't agree with this statement from the article:
“I’ve been in the Detroit area for 35 years,” says Chen, the broker from Troy.“Thirty-five years ago downtown Detroit was like this, and it’s not getting better.”
It's encouraging to see outside investment -- like the Freep building and Stott building; however, if the majority of investors are just going to sit on their properties, as the article suggests, then I don't think that'll do much good.
As of now in the city one building is considered a enterprise zone,that concept works in cities on a smaller scale,but Detroit is large.
If you take an entire zip code and create a tax zone it helps everybody across the board,combine it with the grants already available and property tax breaks for x amount of time it makes a difference on a larger scale.
It is short term loss for a more stable long term gain with the trickle affect of a stable family living in and supporting the city with their purchasing power.
Nobody wants that $500 house that has $5000 a year in taxes,and it is stated here all of the time that certain areas are gone and nobody wants them so level them and plant trees.
Change the structure of the system,if nobody wants them,change it to make it feasible.
This is nothing new,it is tried and proven elsewhere,so it does work across the board and everybody benefits.
Packard gets a can of paint just as does the homeowner 5 blocks away,it kinda eliminates the rebuilt building in the middle of a surrounding slum (harsh)aspect.
I went into 7-11 on the way home today to grab a little bag of chips to go with my dinner. I had hardly started browsing the delectable delights, when what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a bag with a silhouette lady, labeled NEW ERA! They are from BetterMade.
The bag itself was enough to justify the purchase, even though it only has the one lady silhouette. The kid behind the counter was mystified by my delight with the label, guess I don't blame him, but I am sure there will be a lot of old folks grabbing those bags.
I am now enjoying the tasty treats and I am convinced they are a little bit different from regular BetterMade. Very tasty, in any event.
It looks like GM and/or some other business in the area is rerouting the railroad tracks that used to circle the north side of the Poletown plant. Mt. Elliott is now closed from I-94 to Conant to install new tracks across from the Poletown plant to the other steel/metal works businesses on the east side of the street. There are detours posted that loop you around the plant to E. Grand Blvd. to get around it. I don't know who's putting these in, but I wish I knew how long it might take. Anyone have any additional information? :confused:
Holiday lighting in Downtown Detroit is a charming effort to dress up its shopping district. Throngs of shoppers once crowded this side walk that passes by the newly renovated Broderick Tower (left). By the 1980's they had vanished leaving this district's retail store fronts largely abandoned.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan makes victory speech on WXYX 7.