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BRIDGE TO CANADA – THE AMBASSADOR BRIDGE AND MATTY MOROUN

Posted in DETROIT, INFRASTRUCTURE by urbanmi on January 10, 2013

The Daily Show has found the Ambassador Bridge issue. Hopefully this issue reaching a wider audience helps embarrass Matty Moroun into ending his campaign against this necessary bridge.

The video, however, is terrifying. The reality that a number of citizens in our great state have been manipulated by a crotchety, old billionaire signals bad signs for us as a society. When we live in a world where money and media can manipulate people from understanding and believing facts we live in a world where the rich few can take advantage of the mass population.

This bridge is supported by governments, Michigan and US business, Canada and Canadian business and it is opposed by one man and his family. If Michigan and Detroit hope to rebuild this bridge is necessary. When we live in a state that is struggling to the extent Michigan is, the solution is not to fear change. The status quo will continue to lead Michigan to irrelevancy and a reduced population; strategies that exist to change that course should be considered and understood by every citizen.

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AMBASSADOR BRIDGE and MATTY MOROUN

Posted in INFRASTRUCTURE by urbanmi on November 6, 2012

[This is an emotionally driven post.]

Go Vote.

Not for Obama or Romney; but vote on proposal 6. Vote No on proposal 6.

Proposal 6 is not about giving Michigan voters more choice and control. Proposal 6 is a subversive attempt to block the construction of a new international bridge between Detroit and Canada by billionaire Matty Moroun who owns and profits from the Ambassador Bridge.

Matty Moroun expects and understands he will be able to block any new bridge through a state vote by buying the airwaves.

The bridge is not an ideological issue, it is not conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat. It is a Michigan Issue, an issue that every Michigander needs to understand. The new bridge must be built. 

Everyone in business, politics, and the media understands this. This is an infrastructure issue key to the progress and development of our state. This is an issue about a billionaire striving to keep his monopoly by any means necessary, his success up to this point is reprehensible and speaks to the worst in us and politics. An international border crossing and international trade should not be dictated by one man. The economy of Michigan should not be dictated by Matty Moroun.

The story of the bridge and its constant blocks is a tale of grotesque political corruption. Everyone who has blocked the bridge has accepted money from the Moroun family.

Jack Lessenberry’s coverage on the Ambassador bridge is essential listening and reading. He has covered the issue since the beginning.

Michigan Radio’s coverage, in general, on the bridge is truly informative. Inform yourselves on the issue and go vote if you haven’t yet, if you have tell your friends.

The Ambassador Bridge is an issue that directly affects the progress of Michigan.

Michigan Central Station

Posted in DETROIT, INFRASTRUCTURE by urbanmi on August 30, 2012

The icons of Detroit’s Image: The Renaissance Center and Michigan Central Station.

They represent Detroit’s foolishness and stupidity.

The Renaissance Center is a comical story, saying more about the ineffectiveness of post-war urban policy and the failure to understand the sociological affects or architecture and infrastructure. However, the continual failure of the Michigan Central Station is the single largest black eye on the narrative of the revival of Detroit. The revival of Michigan Central Station would be the single most significant action to alter the image and narrative of Detroit.

It’s revival is necessary; and it’s demolition would be a damning action by Detroit politicians.

Interestingly the Owner of the Michigan Central Station, is billionaire Matty Moroun, the villian of the Ambassador Bridge saga. Aggressively saving the station, would be an effective way of partially rebuilding his reputation. His selfish actions alone hold back the revitalization of not only Detroit but the entire state of Michigan.

Imagination Station – Their headquarters is right in front of the station, and they are one of the groups responsible for the park that now lies in the shadow of the station.

Michigan Central Preservation Society

I would love to link to INFRASTRUCTURIST’s fantastic post on 11 beautiful historic train stations destroyed by the wrecking ball. Unfortunately, infrastructurist no longer exists.

WIKI