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Old 01-06-2008, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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What's everyone think of this building?

So far I like it, but until it's bulit I won't know for sure. It's definitely what Detroit needs, and will keep the momentum going for all the other projects the last few years. It's the pic on the right btw.
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Old 01-06-2008, 04:18 PM
 
Location: La Habra, CA
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Looks very interesting
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Old 01-06-2008, 08:55 PM
 
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I am glad they are putting money into Michigan, having been from there, I have a fondness for the state, and I am glad they are trying to get back on their feet after the auto industry problems.
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Old 01-06-2008, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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I know that there has been some development in Detroit for a little while now and the city is seeing some revitalization, but I am surprised that something like this has taken so long to come about.

Detroit has one of the richest suburbs in the country, and with all of the abandoned property just laying around it seems as though it would be prime real estate for developers. I can't believe that no-one has swooped in and grabbed it up.
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Old 01-06-2008, 09:03 PM
 
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Good god that thing is hideous.

How many abandoned skyscrapers are there already in Detroit? And why are those not being renovated before this construction?
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Old 01-07-2008, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I read this last night and read some of the comments on 'Discuss Detroit.' The design is not local; I have seen various buildings elsewhere in the country. The wisdom on DD is that no one wants to hire local architects; the loss of homegrown economic power in Detroit/Michigan means that you are going to see a mini Chicago. Most native suburbanites (um, me) never go downtown, and only see what we miss when we go to Chicago or even Indy.

It's too late to save many of the crumbling Art Deco hulks. If investors are more interested in new construction that brings street traffic, then let them do it. Once a critical mass is reached, the 'save the 1920s skyscrapers' movement will approve even more futile and stupid than it is now (sadly).
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Old 01-08-2008, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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Well, it's a start.
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Old 01-16-2008, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Detroit
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Good god that thing is hideous.

How many abandoned skyscrapers are there already in Detroit? And why are those not being renovated before this construction?
Quite a few building are being held by people who are content to let the them rot until someone pays them 3 times what it's worth.
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Old 01-16-2008, 09:14 PM
 
Location: UWS, Manhattan
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Any construction is good for that dump.
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Old 01-17-2008, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Only $150 million? Yonkers, NY, a local suburb/satellite-city of NYC has about $7 billion that is being spent towards urban renewal.

I think Detroit is going to need a hell of a lot more than $150 mil to turn things around.
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