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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

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CAMPUS MARTIUS PARK

Posted in DETROIT, URBANISM by urbanmi on April 17, 2010

The Urban Land Institute chose Detroit’s Campus Martius Park for their first-ever Amanda Burden Open Space Award this morning.

“The award for the park, unique in a city more often characterized by hardship than success, was based on a competition to recognize an outstanding example of a public open space that has catalyzed the transformation of the surrounding community.”

Detroit was recognized over Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park, Pittsburgh’s Schenley Plaza, New York’s Harold and Greeley Square Parks, Boston’s Bremen Street Park and Falls Park on the Reedy in Greenville, SC.

Urban Land Institute Press Release