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 intersection of Woodward & Grand Blvd is a hot spot for many reasons.
1. The infrastructure is still pretty solid, despite closed buildings and empty storefronts. A complete rehab and concept plans is needed.
2. M-1 Rail will have a station at this intersection, which should be very attractive to retailers and restaurants.
3. Rehab the buildings on Woodward as lofts above and ground floor retail. We need more residents in the middle of it all, maybe adding new construction to the Milwaukee loft district and North End district.
4. Hopefully they build a Intermodal Transit Center for M-1 Rail & Amtrak/ Commuter Rail. This can be a great attraction traveling from Chicago and/or Ann Arbor and see a vibrant shopping district and activities soon as you step off the train.
This could be the next major thing, how can this district become that without major investment like....um Gilbert. This area has amazing potential, the street wall is still intact. Some great mid size infill residential buildings will change this area dramatically.
What type of retail will make this area a prime shopping district?
Since different maps show different things, is the western city limits of Detroit south of the railroad tracks (where the boundary jumps east from Telegraph for a few blocks) West Parkway Street, itself, or a line through the backyards of the properties fronting the westside of West Parkway?
Speaking of this boundary, is there any interesting story behind why Detroit Diesel would have its employee parking lot on the Detroit side of the boarder, but the manufacturing facility in Redford? Is it really just as simple as it looks (a tax dodge)?
As promised, the Super Bowl has been played. Peyton Manning and his Broncos went down in flames at the Super Bowl as the Seahawks speedy defense turned the biggest game of the season into a laugher.
Our own 2013 season was disappointing to say the least for so many of us loyal Lions fans. We started last season like a house on fire and we were left with the ashes in the second half of the season.
But rather than re-live and flay the previous season, let's continue to move forward and discuss the Lions team the Ford family will put on the field in 2014. We've got new a new coach, new coordinators, an upcoming draft, and a whole host of other Lions related things to talk about.
All I ask is for lively discussion, some sense of civility, and a healthy respect to one another as we all have varying opinions of our team. Have some rationale for your points. Don't come here, blurt out some obvious statement, and dash off never to be heard from again. We have dialog & conversations here. Have some facts, stats, or at least some solid reasoning to back up your opinions.
But the over all gist of this thread is to cheer on this team, break down what we thought went well and what didn't go well with the team. Honest criticism can be healthy as long as it's framed properly.
The Lions, warts and all, are our team and we'll continue to cheer for the Honolulu Blue & Silver!
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