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    Default Downtown Detroit Smells - Worse than Usual, Strongest at Hudson's Site

    I was wondering if anyone noticed in the last couple months the really bad odor downtown? It's so bad that we smell it inside of the downtown office building that I work in.

    The smell seems to be at its worst near Gratiot and Woodward, but in seemingly in ever direction you can smell it. The smell seems to come particularly from sewer covers.

    I do understand that downtown areas will smell, but I've been working in Downtown Detroit for about ten years now and this is the first time that I can remember it being this bad and also impacting office space that is indoors.

    Does anyone know what is causing the smell? Some of us have hypothesized that it has to do with the Hudson's site construction because the order is strongest near Gratiot and Woodward.

    Thanks All!

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    They’ve been doing utility connections the past week or so. Might be part of it.

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    The area around the site has been bad all summer, but the Gratiot/Randolph intersection has been awful lately, probably coincided with the roadwork there.

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    We walked from the State to Lafayette Coney Island and back in late September and I made the comment at State/Woodward that it smelled like they broke a sewer line during the Hudson's site construction that was just leaking out underground and would take Woodward down with it one day.

    If it's been going on for so long and is still going on, I'm not sure that my joke is that far off.

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