Sunday, December 16, 2007
Detroit Free Press Driving Tour of Detroit City
Monday, December 10, 2007
Historically crime-ridden Detroit may not spring to mind as a hot tourist spot, but don't tell that to the city's bullish hoteliers. Newcomers include the MGM Grand Detroit (www.mgmgranddetroit.com), the MotorCity Casino Hotel (www.motorcitycasino.com) in an old Wonder Bread factory and the historic Book Cadillac Hotel, being transformed into a Westin (www.westinbookcadillac.com). Plus, the Detroit Institute of Arts (www.dia.org) just reopened after a $158 million renovation."Like I said, there isn't too much to the description, but considering this is one of the most read stories on the New York Times website, it can only be a good thing.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Additionally, I've heard that we are just taking a headquarters located in metro Detroit and putting it in the city of Detroit at the detriment of the suburb (Livonia). There is some truth to this. Detroit's gain is Livonia's loss. I will agree that while it is good that Quicken is moving, our ultimate goal will need to be to bring new companies and companies from other states into ours. Yet, the reality of the matter is that almost every successful big metropolitan area in this country has a centralized location where much of the business transactions, entertainment, and gatherings occur. To centralize many of our resources, we must to make Detroit the center of our metropolitan area. Not only does taking Quicken from Livonia centralize more of these resources, but along with it will come spin-off business to cater to those workers and possible residents, which will continue to add to the reincarnation of Downtown Detroit. I will add that while the Quicken move is great,
Believe me, I realize that the news yesterday wasn't anything I hadn't heard over the past two years, but a definitive answer from Gilbert fully substantiates those rumors. This is good. Accept it as good. Enjoy what has transpired, enjoy the confidence Gilbert has, and enjoy a positive news story. Enjoy being a Detroiter.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
When asked about the auto industry's stuggles, Lynn Drake-Batts, senior associate with UGL Equis Corp. said,
“You can blame the automotive industry, or you can be thankful this industry is here and look for other industries to bring to the area.”