Pingree was obviously the best. After that it isn't a particularly strong field--Frank Murphy was a distinguished person, but he was only mayor for four years at a time when Detroit was in terrible shape. He did do what he could, and should get credit for that. Young was notable for his longevity (too long), his wit, and his status as the first black mayor, but in my opinion he did a terrible job of managing the city, above and beyond the ongoing decay during his tenure for which he wasn't primarily responsible. If he is fourth-best, it is a not a very positive commentary on Detroit's electorate over the past few hundred years. My guess is that there is some recency bias here--Young was better than Kilpatrick or Bing, and I think somehow Archer was too bland to stick in people's minds.
Let's hope Duggan can climb up the rankings over the next few years. The city could use a top-flight mayor for a while.
It seems interest is growing to get a USL team and building a 5K stadium for that team and the Detroit FC. (The story line was that Detroit FC has outgrown Cass Tech).
Some sites mentioned. And was mentioned two clubs would share the stadium thereby providing more dates. (USL would be 20).
I still favor Ilitch selling some of his land near Temple and 3rd (?). After all, if fans can get to Cass Tech they surely can get to a new stadium a few blocks away. That land has expandability into a larger stadium, if needed for MLS.
"195,000-square-foot, five-story medical office building with retail on the ground floors, a four-floor mixed-use commercial building and a 648-space parking ramp"
looks like the commercial two story building and the 12 story hammer and nail will both come down.. but with two new buildings replacing them,and a parking garage... i never heard about the four story mixed use building before today.. interesting..
Am I missing something here? This article states that a woman living tax free in a city-owned house drove up in a BMW to find eight police officers, two utility workers, and an attorney in the front yard. In spite of this she is still occupying the house! Maybe tax free housing is a "Human Right" too.
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