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DetroitYES Forums http://www.detroityes.com/mb/ en Tue, 21 Apr 2015 01:58:37 GMT vBulletin 60 http://www.detroityes.com/mb/images/misc/rss.png DetroitYES Forums http://www.detroityes.com/mb/ <![CDATA[The Detroit News and the Detroit Police Dep't.]]> http://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?20117-The-Detroit-News-and-the-Detroit-Police-Dep-t&goto=newpost Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:41:04 GMT Before computer databases, there were 3x5 index cards. For a century, the Detroit News maintained a card file with all its stories about the DPD...
Before computer databases, there were 3x5 index cards. For a century, the Detroit News maintained a card file with all its stories about the DPD broken down in different categories. Those card files have been digitized, and there are 935 pages (individual cards) now on the internet. Took me the better part of three days to go through them, and quite a trip it was. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Oh, God, are there the ugly...........
https://s3.amazonaws.com/detroitnews...c_location=ufi
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Roseville Kmart Disappearo... http://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?20116-Roseville-Kmart-Disappearo&goto=newpost Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:31:48 GMT
The long vacant Kmart/Big Kmart at 13 Mile & Little Mack is rapidly disappearing...drove by today (sorry...didn't snap any pics) - but the majority of the store is gone - interesting to see some signage still on the interior walls. Anyone recall the closing date? I seem to recall it going in one of the earlier rounds of closings. Was definitely an "early" build for the company.

Kroger Marketplace is taking it's place.
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Detroit City FC (Football Club, but not Lions) http://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?20115-Detroit-City-FC-(Football-Club-but-not-Lions)&goto=newpost Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:02:36 GMT
I know we've had some threads on soccer in Detroit (but I didn't find one :o).

Nice article by Crains on Detroit City FC wanting to go pro (move up a few notches in the soccer hierarchy from SEMIpro):

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...p-to-pro-level
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<![CDATA[Quicken Loans Sues DOJ - Claims Victim of "Political Agenda"]]> http://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?20114-Quicken-Loans-Sues-DOJ-Claims-Victim-of-quot-Political-Agenda-quot&goto=newpost Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:57:03 GMT
"Quicken Loans is suing the federal government, claiming a three-year investigation into some of its past lending practices is really a strong-armed attempt to get a big settlement and admission of wrongdoing from the Detroit-based company.

Quicken filed its lawsuit late last week against the Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"Quicken Loans appears to be one of the targets (due to its large size) of a political agenda under which the DOJ is 'investigating' and pressuring large, high-profile lenders into paying nine- and 10-figure sums and publicly 'admitting' wrongdoing, including conceding that the lenders had made 'false claims,' " the lawsuit says.

... More at Freep.com"
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Could Google be moving out of downtown Ann Arbor? http://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?20113-Could-Google-be-moving-out-of-downtown-Ann-Arbor&goto=newpost Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:51:04 GMT http://www.freep.com/story/money/business/michigan/2015/04/20/google-ann-arbor-office/26065977 This was rumored a while back, but if indeed they...
http://www.freep.com/story/money/bus...ffice/26065977

This was rumored a while back, but if indeed they are looking for space outside AA, could the City of Detroit make a play? The challenge is finding 100K square feet, which they would need to consolidate the offices. However, I think there is a great pitch to be made for some area along Woodward.

Possibly wishful thinking though.
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New Plans for the Failed Bloomfield Park http://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?20112-New-Plans-for-the-Failed-Bloomfield-Park&goto=newpost Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:02:10 GMT
A local developer has a "new" concept for the failed Bloomfield Park development... Seems like a bit of a tired concept to me, does that area really need more places to shop?

http://www.freep.com/story/money/bus...park/25934537/

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A developer has unveiled designs for how it hopes to transform the failed and blighted Bloomfield Park into Oakland County's next hot shopping spot and residential development.Conceptual renderings presented to local officials this week by Southfield-based REDICO call for razing most of the rusting parking garages and other half-built structures on the 80-acre site, which fronts Telegraph Road and straddles Pontiac and Bloomfield Township.
In their place would come new retail buildings, offices, a grocery store, theater and a hotel, perhaps even a fitness center. There would be a new senior living complex, several apartment or condo buildings, 18 townhouses and three dozen single-family houses.
The Bloomfield Park name also would disappear. This re-imagined project is called Village at Bloomfield. The price tag: $180 million.
Conceived in the 1990s as an upscale and amenity-filled "lifestyle center," Bloomfield Park was to rival Somerset Collection mall and include up to 80 shops and restaurants, a luxury hotel, high-end fitness center, "Class A" office space, hundreds of residences, two lakes and an ice-skating rink.
The project was scaled back over time and, after delays, construction crews broke ground in late 2006 on the $350-million first phase. But all work halted in November 2008 amid the recession.
In the six and a half years since, the modern ruins of Bloomfield Park have stood as the biggest failed development project in Oakland County in decades.
This week REDICO executives presented two sets of conceptual renderings in what would be the first of many procedural steps needed before redevelopment work can begin. Buildings on the map would not necessarily get built as they appear, and REDICO has yet to name which commercial tenants would go in.
Officials plans have yet to be drawn up or submitted to the Bloomfield Park Joint Development Council, a three-person body that must approve final designs.
"It was an opportunity to introduce our conceptual plan and we are encouraged by the response," Dale Watchowski, REDICO's president and CEO, said in an e-mail.
The second of two conceptual renderings for the proposed redevelopment of Bloomfield Park, to be renamed Village at Bloomfield. Received on April 17, 2015. (Photo: REDICO)


Earlier this year, another REDICO executive described how the developer envisionshaving "daily needs"-type retail on the site on a more modest scale than was proposed a decade ago for the old Bloomfield Park.
"The vision for this site initially, going back some years, was more of a Somerset 2.0," REDICO's Craig Willian said in February. "We're not going there with this."
REDICO and its California-based equity partner, PCCP, or Pacific Coast Capital Partners, last fall bought foreclosure rights to Bloomfield Park from the former project's mortgage holder, Wells Fargo Bank. The bank's redemption period runs until mid-July, so any redevelopment work would not happen until afterward.
If all goes well, the demolition phase of the project could begin as early as late this year, Watchowski said. The project would likely then be built in phases with no projected completion date.
"Conceptually, it all looks very very good," said Bloomfield Township Supervisor Leo Savoie, one of the three development council members.
REDICO did identify the senior living complex as an American House Senior Living Community. American House is an affiliated company of REDICO.
About 95% of the project site is in Pontiac; the rest is in Bloomfield Township.
Contact JC Reindl: 313-222-6631 or jcreindl@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @JCReindl.
Buy PhotoMap of Bloomfield Park (Photo: Martha Thierry/Detroit Free Press)


Bloomfield Park timeline
1992: Local developer Craig Schubiner begins buying and assembling parcels of land off Telegraph near Bloomfield Township's border with Pontiac. The site was home to two streets of rental homes and a closed drive-in theater.
1999: Schubiner unveils his original vision for the Bloomfield Park residential, retail and commercial town center, complete with 15- to 20-story buildings.
2001: Schubiner turns to Pontiac after Bloomfield Township officials object to his $2-billion plan and its massive scale.
September 2001: Pontiac voters approve the annexation of about 95% of Bloomfield Park.
2002: Pontiac and Bloomfield Township settle disputes and form development and revenue-sharing arrangements for Bloomfield Park.
2006: Schubiner hands over most development duties to New York-based Coventry Real Estate Advisors and shopping center expert DDR.
November 2006: Ground is broken on Bloomfield Park's $350-million first phase.
November 2008: Construction stops as financing evaporates in the economic downturn. Nearly $250 million in capital already has poured in.
August 2012: Jurors in Oakland County Circuit Court deny Schubiner's claim to collect damages from Coventry and DDR for supposedly bungling a good project.
August 2013: Mortgage holder Wells Fargo reaches tentative deal to sell foreclosure rights to Grand/Sakwa Development, but the deal eventually unravels.
October 2014: REDICO and its equity partner buy the foreclosure rights
Late 2015: Demolition of the parking garages and other half-built structures could begin.
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<![CDATA[Django's Buddha]]> http://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?20111-Django-s-Buddha&goto=newpost Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:13:40 GMT If in your travels around the city you see this Buddha... Attachment 26469 (http://www.detroityes.com/mb/attachment.php?attachmentid=26469) ...
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...you've found another of Matthew Loflin Davis' trademarks.


I would love to document where you stumble upon them.

The one above was a thank-you to my girlfriend for some forgettable act of kindness...but for some reason we saved and framed it. She placed it on a pillow for the picture...but it usually hangs in our entry foyer.

I'm absolutely certain I'll be finding these for years around this house, because nearly every time he paused I'd catch him doodling or drawing another. It was also his way of telling me when I needed to wash my car...I'd look in the rearview mirror to find one nagging me through the dirt.



I'll start...second floor of the abandoned house on the east side of Field Street between Kercheval and Vernor. (couldn't let you get off that easy, Sumas!)


Big love...
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Please be aware of bicycles and pedestrians http://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?20110-Please-be-aware-of-bicycles-and-pedestrians&goto=newpost Sun, 19 Apr 2015 00:04:11 GMT The warm months are here, and drivers tend to not see pedestrians or bicycles using the crosswalks properly. Why do you look right at me, and...
The warm months are here, and drivers tend to not see pedestrians or bicycles using the crosswalks properly.

Why do you look right at me, and still floor it through a right turn when I'm using the cross sign ?

Every year - first time out it happens, like today. She looked right at me for one minute and then floored it. And of course the five cars behind her.

Now, I have to wait through another light and five cars, and the same thing.

Just share a few seconds people, we all exist here !
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Django Passed Away Last Night http://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?20109-Django-Passed-Away-Last-Night&goto=newpost Sat, 18 Apr 2015 20:02:55 GMT
Update: Memorial Celebration Announced by Django's Sister.

I just wanted to let everyone know that we will be having a celebration of my brother Matthew Loflin Davis's life this Wednesday, April 22 at 5pm at The Old Miami in Detroit. Bring your pictures and your stories. The address is 3930 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI 48201. I hope to see everyone there. I'll be needing hugs.

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Django, was a friend to many and will be severely missed by anyone he met.

i have no details on the cause of death or any funeral plans.

His death is just a waste of a million things. Potential being the biggest.
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<![CDATA[Club500 Saber Lancer (from the 80's)]]> http://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?20108-Club500-Saber-Lancer-(from-the-80-s)&goto=newpost Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:22:44 GMT Lots of shady deals went on back then, the owner was not this nice smart man that you all would have liked to think. Silent partnerships with strip...
Lots of shady deals went on back then, the owner was not this nice smart man that you all would have liked to think. Silent partnerships with strip clubs, money laundering, insurance scams between the two (names removed by moderators - unsubstantiated allegations) by Tax evasion, drug dealing, thats how they raised the cash to build the new Saber Lancer Club 500 from the old Wimpy's location. By faking a fire. Not to mention, they re-served the stale chips and salsa too, old el palso was the brand name.
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Django Has Gone http://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?20107-Django-Has-Gone&goto=newpost Sat, 18 Apr 2015 18:17:38 GMT
With profound sadness, I need to let y'all know that our friend Django was found dead in his apartment yesterday.

His family and closest friends have all been notified, and I apologize to all y'all in real life who have to get this news here.

No details have been arranged yet, as far as I know.

He was in such a good mood when I talked with him in the morning, too.


Sincerely,
John
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A. Alfred Taubman Passes Away At Age 91. Michigan Loses A Truly Great Man. http://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?20106-A-Alfred-Taubman-Passes-Away-At-Age-91-Michigan-Loses-A-Truly-Great-Man&goto=newpost Sat, 18 Apr 2015 12:38:33 GMT Real estate mogul, businessman and philanthropist Al Taubman died last night of a heart attack at his home in Bloomfield Hills. He did so many...
Real estate mogul, businessman and philanthropist Al Taubman died last night of a heart attack at his home in Bloomfield Hills. He did so many wonderful things for southeast Michigan and helped so many people. He was a very kind and generous man and a truly great friend to all who knew him

This state is much poorer for his loss. Rest in peace Sir.
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Rick Snyder for President http://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?20105-Rick-Snyder-for-President&goto=newpost Sat, 18 Apr 2015 11:38:12 GMT
What is that one tough nerd is doing? Gov. Rick Snyder is thinking about throwing his hat into the presidential ring.

Here is my advise " Don't run! stay as governor! " You will lose before you go the Iowa Caucus.

Here's the source!

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireS...l-run-30404689

I'm about to laugh right now AHAHAHAHAAHAHA!!!!
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Floyd Dent: Violent traffic stop in Inkster caught on camera, officer fired! http://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?20104-Floyd-Dent-Violent-traffic-stop-in-Inkster-caught-on-camera-officer-fired!&goto=newpost Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:20:02 GMT *See multiple videos, articles and photos. Incredible!*...
See multiple videos, articles and photos. Incredible!
http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/l...-tape/31986806

Inkster police withholding incriminating portions of booking video in violent arrest, attorney says
http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/in...lding_inc.html

Police officer has been fired
http://www.metrotimes.com/Blogs/arch...oyd-dent-fired
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Bedrock: Killing Detroit Since 2010. http://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?20103-Bedrock-Killing-Detroit-Since-2010&goto=newpost Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:37:14 GMT The other day, I had a conversation with a Bedrock employee. Apparently, the company HAD plans to build a restaurant on top of One Woodward (5/3 Bank...
The other day, I had a conversation with a Bedrock employee. Apparently, the company HAD plans to build a restaurant on top of One Woodward (5/3 Bank Building), but the city wouldn't let them. Why? THEY WERE GOING TO ROB PEOPLE! Bedrock and Gilbert has great plans, but, let's jump into reality- seriously? THIS IS DETROIT! A city built on the working class, and today is one of the poorest, most dangerous cities in the country.

He's playing hometown hero by buying up everything and filling the buildings up, that's good. What's NOT good is luring the most expensive independent retailers he can find, like Punch Bowl (talk about some serious $$$), or John V ($5K for a coat? REALLY?). Then, to top it all off, they charge downtown residents THROUGH the nose, and FOR WHAT? The city is still half empty, bad crime, and is ranked 92nd for residents' happiness.

I always used to tell myself that I'd spend the rest of my life living in Detroit- now, I'm planning to move to Seattle, where the rents (slightly higher than downtown Detroit, about $1,400 for a 1 bedroom) are actually worth it. :p
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