It appears, according to Curbed, that the abandoned DPS book repository has seen some activiety recently in the form of freshly boarded up windows, which begs the question, what is Matty up to? Could it be the Mouron family finally sees interest in the area with the Tiger Stadium site finally on deck for redevelopment? Maybe.
I can't quite figure this guy out. He cleans up MCS (finally) and starts to dump (minimal) amounts of cash into it. We get teased with some windows being fitted into the hulking structure and some accent lighting at night. A ploy to the city to support his doomed bridge project? Probably. But why bother with the book repository now? I've never quite understood why the Mouron family doesn'y actively market the buildings, especially with the surge of activiety in Corktown.
The area of Roosevelt Park, with Slow's and other nearby establishments, the Tiger Stadium development, Hopcat, and a renewed MCS and rehabbed book repository, could make that area as lively as Campus Martius is downtown.
-The tech expert Mayor Mike Duggan hired to overhaul Detroit's hopelessly antiquated computer technology testified to just how bad it is.
Duggan recruited Beth Niblock from Louisville,Ky., where she was that city's information technology chief.
-She said Detroit is "generations behind" current standards. The city's e-mail system is unreliable, and the city's systems susceptible to cyber-security attacks. The outdated computers complicate tax assessment and collection, internal communications, issuing employee paychecks and dispatching for the city's police and fire departments.
--"It is fundamentally broken or beyond fundamentally broken," Niblock said. "In some cases fundamentally broken would be good."
For all of us transplants out here, young and old.
Did you come from the 'burbs? Another state? Another country?
Why did you move to Detroit?
Born and raised in the poor, rural town of Concord, MI. I started coming to Detroit to see shows at St Andrews and the Shelter with friends when I was 15.
It was the biggest city outside of Jackson, MI that I had ever been to.
I still remember my first impression of the city. I saw the homeless, the graffiti, the empty buildings and thought, "this is a city. A real city. This must be how all of them are."
Moved to Southfield in '06 for school. Moved to Woodbridge after that, and the riverfront after that.
A lot of the reason why I'm here is because of that nostalgic feeling of pride I had of being in Detroit when I was young. It certainly shaped me.
I also knew none of the backstory before I came. Didn't know about the riots, the race tensions, the lack of industry, the government issues. If I had been raised in Metro Detroit, I would have known. And probably wouldn't choose to live in Detroit because of it.
And no one EVER leaves Concord. I thank Detroit for getting me out!
UAW wages continue to decline via 2 Tier wage system and 2015 negotiations with Big 3 probably won't change the profit margins.
Car companies prefer to pay the bonuses,
since they are directly linked to sales performance
Unions are on their way out, pendulum has swung the other way, people just want to work without the politics of union presence
Automotive manufacturing in Mexico skirts the entire issue and the Big 3 laugh at the UAW
--- as do the other auto manufacturing corps.
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