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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
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    Veloise.....This Bear read the entire Albom piece. Loved it. In some ways, many of the thoughts and comments written about Detroit are applicable fits to their neighbor to the south, Toledo.

    Here's hoping that both weather the storm(s) and move in a positive direction into the second decade of the century.

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    "Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus" City official motto from 1805 translates to:
    We hope for better things. It shall rise from the ashes

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    http://detroityes.com/home.htm has some great images and history of detroit's former glory. one of my favorite images ever is the parking garage in the old michigan theatre.
    Former glory? Thems fighting words around here!

    Since the Freep is notorious for taking down articles early, I figured I'd find another resource for the article Veloise mentioned. I did like the photos, and first thought this was the same article he did a few weeks back about the pastor near the Motor City Casino. After reading this, I found it to be a good article, Too many sports analogies, but I've grown to expect that from Mitch.

    It was a good day here in Detroit. Drove over to the Detroit Institute of the Arts (DIA) to see the $300 million expansion. I got there and tried to park only to find out the surface lot now houses a new wing to the Science Center that will approximately double its size. Ten years ago it was doubled! This was a surprise to me, I am almost ashamed to admit I did not know it was going on. Well the line to get in the DIA streached around the corner, so I did what all other good Detroiters did. I gave up and went to the Motor City Casino to try my hand at the nickle slots! I wandered around it for a while as it has changed quite a bit since I've been there last. There are new convention facilities, restraunts, a hotel and more gaming space now. Back to the nickles, I put in a Lincoln and soon had it up to $70.40! Why do I even go to work when money comes that easy from the casino?

    Best of all? so far I've heard no sirens today.
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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    ...Too many sports analogies, but I've grown to expect that from Mitch. ...
    Considering that he wrote it for Sports Illustrated, one wouldn't expect him to be discussing transit or the former train station or the new bridge or the riverfront coolness.

    How come my local paper (HQ: 1.5 miles away) can't retain a reliable delivery person, but my Freep shows up every Sunday? And it's clad in a colorful plastic bag, which makes it easy to find out front.

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    Detroit is no longer #1!!! (on Forbes most miseable city list), heck even Chicago beats it in terms of being a miserable place to live. I don't know if this is because Detroit has got better or the rest of you are finally feeling what we have for the last few years.
    http://www.forbes.com/2009/02/06/mos...hisSpeed=15000
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    The Upside of the bad economy

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/08/op...rlow.html?_r=1

    RECENTLY, at a dinner party, a friend mentioned that he’d never seen so many outsiders moving into town"

    "Then again, I myself had moved to Detroit, from Brooklyn. For $100,000, I bought a town house that sits downtown in the largest and arguably the most beautiful Mies van der Rohe development ever built, an island of perfect modernism forgotten by the rest of the world."

    "So what did $1,900 buy? The run-down bungalow had already been stripped of its appliances and wiring by the city’s voracious scrappers. But for Mitch that only added to its appeal, because he now had the opportunity to renovate it with solar heating, solar electricity and low-cost, high-efficiency appliances. "

    - New York Times, Toby Barlow, March 8, 2009
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    Its a Detroit love fest on CNN!
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    Meanwhile, in The Onion ...

    Detroit Mayor Throws First Brick In Glass-Breaking Ceremony For New Slum

    DETROIT—As community leaders and members of the press looked on, Detroit mayor David Bing proudly hurled the first brick this week in a window-shattering ceremony for the city's newest dilapidated slum.

    The result of three years of construction work and more than $24,000 in public funds, the rat-infested and crime-ridden development was unveiled to the public on Tuesday.

    "It is my great honor to introduce to you the brand new Baneberry Heights," announced Bing, gesturing to the ramshackle subdivision behind him. "Filthy, dangerous, filled with violence and blight: It's all here, and it's all completely falling apart."

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    "The whirring of police sirens, the stench of rising smoke, screams from a domestic dispute spilling out into the night—I can imagine it already," said Detroit city planner Paul Mitchelson. "This is going to be the slum to try and escape from for years to come."

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    Not Everything the Governor Signs is Bad

    After decades of fighting the State legislature finally passed bills creating a Regional Transit Authority for the Metro Detroit region.

    http://trans4m.org/2012/12/13/region...ought-victory/
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