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    Olympia has skated by on excuses and the renovation of the Fox for a long time. But the District development promised too much, took too much govt. funding and delivered almost nothing. The giant straw that broke the media's back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EGrant View Post
    Olympia has skated by on excuses and the renovation of the Fox for a long time. But the District development promised too much, took too much govt. funding and delivered almost nothing. The giant straw that broke the media's back.
    What I find amazing is that they didn't rehab or build a single residential building. Just from a PR standpoint it would have went a long way and bought more time.

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    Land banking is a big problem throughout Detroit, and other major cities. Individuals and investment corporations need to be held accountable for holding blighted properties for an extending period of time with no improvements made.
    Side note. I have really noticed a big increase in blight removal in neighborhoods surrounding New Center, just in the last couple of months.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zads07 View Post
    Let's not forget that Nolan was writing columns about how he didn't like City Council delaying a vote because it would hurt the progress of the District Detroit.

    When presented with facts, and a lot of that has become more common know with the HBO doc and Louis Aguilar's long, enterprise piece in his own newspaper, it appears he's changed his course.

    No need to criticize him for making his own decisions and opinions on changing his mind upon learning of the facts. I think that's becoming less common in our society so it's great to see this change.

    Who knows if the piece will actually spur anything, but it's great to see it being written.
    If Finley didn't know the facts, he wasn't doing his job. What's more likely is that he knew the facts, but ignored them - probably because he any investment looked good at the time.

    I think the HBO special gave cover for Detroit journalists to finally call out a local icon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archfan View Post
    I think the HBO special gave cover for Detroit journalists to finally call out a local icon.
    I think you hit the nail on the head. Nobody wanted to take the first shot.

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    Surprise, surprise, the deadline wasn't met for the Woodward-I-75 development project by Olympia.

    No word on if there will be penalties.

    https://www.crainsdetroit.com/real-estate/ilitches-miss-development-plan-deadline-woodwardi-75-property

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    Maybe they will get a slap on the wrist and a “promise to try harder next time”.

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    They are probably just going to "develop" the land into an extension of the plaza. Put down some poured concrete pavers, add a few signs and boom, development.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zads07 View Post
    Surprise, surprise, the deadline wasn't met for the Woodward-I-75 development project by Olympia.

    No word on if there will be penalties.

    https://www.crainsdetroit.com/real-estate/ilitches-miss-development-plan-deadline-woodwardi-75-property
    Itís even worse, but not surprising, that they missed the deadline that had already been extended by ONE YEAR!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DetroiterOnTheWestCoast View Post
    It’s even worse, but not surprising, that they missed the deadline that had already been extended by ONE YEAR!
    The News is piling on by quoting the Crain's article. It really has been a change in tone by the local media.

    https://www.detroitnews.com/story/op...on/1632454001/

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    This is the kind of pressure that needs to be increasingly applied. There is no excuse for the lack of progress.

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    That’s a great editorial. I totally agree with it, and it’s great to see the Illitch organization being called out. Action needs to be taken to force them to make progress or get out of the way.

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    For the News, this is a big editorial.

    It explains things coherently, describes the problems and tells you why things need to change. Keep it up.

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    A reminder... for those of you with Facebook accounts, there is a FB page with all the Ilitch missed opportunities spelled out week by week....

    https://www.facebook.com/TERRIBLEILITCHES/

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    I don't think this is posted elsewhere on DYES...

    According to the Terrible Illitches Facebook page... Detroit congresswoman Rashida Tlaib had this to say about the Ilitches not meeting their deadlines:
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    "DEGC: What will it take for your agency to hold the Ilitches accountable?

    This is getting out of hand, & please tell me how our elected officials are so silent on this blatant disregard for the promises made to benefit the public (who subsidized it all) in exchange for their support (votes)."
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    This is in response to the Detroit News Op/Ed piece of July 6 below. The bandwagon is getting larger to put a fire under the Ilitches/ city government /DDA /DESC about the Ilitches fulfilling their promises to taxpayers for paying for a big chunk of the arena complex...

    https://www.detroitnews.com/story/op...on/1632454001/

    A pity that our Ilitch apologist emu steve is no longer on this forum to defend the Ilitches. For those new folks on DYES, the first few dozen pages of this thread (going back to 2015) are full of his posts defending the Ilitches for their past performances before the arena was anywhere near completion, as well as so many of us that already knew (from the Ilitches past performances) what to expect after the arena was completed. Nothing but parking...
    Last edited by Gistok; July-12-19 at 10:58 PM.

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