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  1. I'm convinced that if Detroit weren't the most substandard major city in the United States, functional mass transit would exist and Detroit would be known for its hybrid of transit options to get you from point A to point B. The area already has an extensive freeway network connecting the hub city (Detroit) to its surrounding metropolitan area. It's quite a beautiful thing, really, when traffic is moving smoothly. And, generally speaking, congestion here is a lot better than in other metropolitan areas. Instead, we live with the city of Detroit and its several inadequacies. The city is run by people who are either unwilling or unable to confront the financial and social issues that are driving the city into oblivion. People are still leaving in droves. Furthermore, the city as a whole continues to become less and less dense as the population continues to flee in droves. If you could get people back into the city, resulting in an increase in density, you might have a need for light rail and good, sound mass transit. If you could get the kids to learn in the schools, educated people to live in the city, and businesses that want to operate within the city limits, transit beyond the auto would likely follow. Instead, the only reasons most people have to go to Detroit are to go downtown/New Center/WSU. Most of the other neighborhoods in the city are in bloody shambles. People are still leaving the city in droves, newer abandoned neighborhoods are surfacing constantly, and the crime and social ills of the city are so bad that the inner-ring suburbs are stretched to the brink to prevent the plague from spilling over into their communities. Get the density and the tax-base rolling. Then the transit will follow.
  2. I love the idea of historic preservation, reuse, and the creativity involved in doing those things. I also like new architecture, cutting-edge design, etc. As the old saying goes, "There is a time and place for everything." If a dynamic development were to demand use of the Tiger Stadium site, I'd be there for the groundbreaking. I would implode the train station myself if it meant jobs, development, and vitality. You think I'd give a damn about the Madison-Lenox or the Statler if new, prospering developments took their place? I would go toe-to-toe with preservationists in that case. The market doesn't justify the demolition when there's nothing to take its place. Plenty of abandoned buildings are not up to code but few are in need of emergency demolition. The city on the verge of bankruptcy just funnels that money back to the contractors. If there's one ingredient that real estate developers in Detroit have an overabundance of, it's wide-open, vacant land. Over 40 square miles of the city are of cleared land. Tear it down - but only if you need to.
  3. In other major cities, buildings are torn down with a plan for replacement, redevelopment, and revitalization in mind. When Yankee Stadium was torn down, its redevelopment into a park was already in place. Same goes for Shea, etc. Detroit is a place that is desperate for any type of development. The thinking has been, "If you clear it, they will come." Nothing could be further from the truth. They've cleared out tons of buildings and replaced them with either a) nothing or b) parking lots. Demolition, then what? Nothing. The only party that benefits from demolition is the contractor involved.
  4. I grew up on the west side of Detroit and moved out in 2002, my 17th birthday, with my family. We literally moved 3.5 miles away by car. Not a radical distance, but as any ex-Detroiter will tell you: it's like night and day. I counted up the names of people in an old family & friends address book to see where everyone was living now. Processed it into Excel. 153 of 262 people in our address book left Detroit between 2000 and 2010. 98 of those people moved to the suburbs of Detroit. 55 of them moved out of the state. There is no one in our address book that still resides in Detroit.
  5. I always wondered what would be happening now if Michigan had held a constitutional convention within the last couple of years. If I recall correctly, the question of whether or not Michigan should have a constitutional convention was on the ballot in 2008. Many people voted against it, saying it would cost too much money, and it ultimately lost. One of the big things that I would've liked to see change with the constitution of Michigan is the disallowance of school districts and cities to file for bankruptcy. As the constitution currently dictates, school districts, municipalities, etc. must have a balanced budget and cannot file for bankruptcy. Yes, I know that it ruins bond ratings, etc, but I like that idea better than an EFM.
  6. I remember starting this thread. Wow, can't believe that was 5 years ago! I'm currently reading Beyond Batting Average by Lee Panas.
  7. Detroit sure as hell wasn't a baseball town 10-15 years ago.
  8. +1 People like sportz are why I took a temporary leave of absence from MotownSports.
  9. You Are 55% Conservative, 45% Liberal Social Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal Fiscal Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal Ethics: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal Defense and Crime: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal
  10. I lived in Detroit for 17 years. I stopped wondering why a small fraction of the students graduate a long time ago - maybe 10 years ago. Wonder implies a fascination, admiration, and/or surprise at something. When you see the ingredients that make the students into who they are, from the system down to the students' upbringings, it really is no wonder why so few graduate.
  11. A thug is a violent person, usually a criminal. Other substitute words include gangster, hoodlum, villain, and goon (among others). In what way is it a euphemism for an unspeakable derogatory word?
  12. "What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, 'Look! This is something new'? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time." That's a quote from Ecclesiastes, and it's one of my favorite quotes. Whenever discussing Detroit issues, especially race, I always answer, "Oh, there's nothing new under the sun in Detroit." So it goes.
  13. If Kym Worthy's office has any fortitude, he really will be broke soon.
  14. I do cry. Sometimes, they're tears of joy, like when the Tigers won the pennant in 2006. Lately, though, it seems as if the tears are held back. One example: My grandmother passed away last September and she was an outstanding woman. However, extenuating circumstances regarding certain members of the family and the way they used her forced me to be more of a soldier in dealing with the whole ordeal than a mourning grandson. It was only in December, by myself, that I let the tears freely flow. It's like the scene in Private Ryan, where Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) has to be a strong, dutiful, and emotionless leader, but when he gets a few moments to himself, away from his men, he breaks down and cries.
  15. Got it. I'm a bit under the weather today and couldn't even pick up a piece of paper, let alone humor.
  16. Yep, I am. Thanks for asking, though. All of the above are Boras clients. The first three players, the Tigers signed. There were Varitek rumors floating around in November 2008, and now we have the Damon saga.
  17. Ivan Rodriguez wants to be a Detroit Tiger. Magglio Ordonez wants to be a Detroit Tiger. Kenny Rogers wants to be a Detroit Tiger. Jason Varitek wants to be a Detroit Tiger. Johnny Damon wants to be a Detroit Tiger.
  18. Tyrus was banned? Wow, I haven't been around in a while. Glad things are settling down so I can get back into my MotownSports habit.
  19. Speaking of subsidized automakers, am I the only one here who doesn't consider Chrysler an American automaker anymore? Fiat controls Chrysler as a way of trying to reach a global sales volume that CEO Sergio Marchionne says is essential for any automaker to compete on a global sale. If Fiat/Chrysler fails to do that, Fiat will pull out of Chrysler and that entire operation will flop. The only reason Fiat is even in this picture is because the Obama administration didn't want to lose 300,000 jobs with a Chrysler liquidation.
  20. Among customers that shop for Toyota cars, Honda is the most cross-shopped brand. I think Honda would stand to gain more from ex-Toyota customers than any other brand - period. GM would be the only "government-backed" automaker to substantially benefit. They've got vehicles across their entire fleet that match more closely with what Toyota offers. Chrysler doesn't. I don't see how Chrysler could truly benefit. If someone wants to trade in a RAV4, Highlander, or a Tacoma for a Ram truck or a Jeep vehicle, then that's definitely an area that Chrysler might be able to benefit from. However, the demand for trucks and SUVS is much smaller than the demand for subcompact, compact, and sedan-sized vehicles. Chrysler simply doesn't offer cars that can hold up to the Toyota's Camry, Corolla, and Prius.
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