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Everything posted by hudkina

  1. The American Community Survey is still a relatively new concept and might still be considered to have certain flaws.
  2. There are about two dozen small branches all over the city. Granted, I would say this is probably the nicest as far as buildings go. (besides the Main Branch of course.)
  3. I wouldn't doubt that a large part of that is that younger people aren't moving out of their parents' house as early as they might have under a better economy. But then, I wouldn't doubt that the Census Bureau is wrong on these estimates...
  4. So that does mean I can't find Nancy Drew there?
  5. I know, I've always liked that building as well.
  6. I'm not sure. I know that in 1950, there was an average of 3.6 people per housing unit in Wayne County. That number has dropped to 2.4 per housing unit in 2000.
  7. Well, if Detroit at 139 sq. mi. had San Francisco's population density, it would have a population of 2.3 million people, which isn't that far off from the peak population of the 1950's. However, the city would need at least 50% more housing units (probably in the form of apartment towers) than it did in the 1950's to attain such a population again, thanks to smaller household sizes.
  8. I doubt there are over 47 sq. mi. of vacant lots in the city, that would equate to over 225,000 individual 1/8 acre lots. There is no way that much acreage sits empty. Since 1969 there have been about 175,000 demolition permits issued to the city. However that doesn't just include individual houses. It includes major apartment buildings, housing projects, etc. that would otherwise fit more units per 1/8 acre. It also doesn't take into account the fact that many of those houses were demolished to make way for new developments, and aren't necessarily "empty lots" today. Nor does it take into account all of the new infill that has gone up throughout the city. I don't know, I guess I would need proof to actually believe something like that.
  9. Rouge Park (1.8 sq. mi.) and Belle Isle (2.4 sq. mi.) together are almost 10% of San Francisco's area (46.7 sq. mi.) Hell, I wouldn't doubt that if you added up the 6 major cemetaries, that would be another 10%...
  10. They're at the corner of St. Paul and Sheridan in Islandview, though they are only a block or two away from being in the West Village. The development is called "English Village".
  11. I think the biggest reason is that they used brick a lot more than what you see today. Most developers today are willing to save a few hundred dollars by putting cheap vinyl siding on the less visible areas of the house. This developer made the right choice by sparing no expense to make it as beautiful as possible. I hope it has worked out rather well by translating into strong sales. They aren't in the greatest of neighborhoods, but their vicinity to the Indian Village/West Village area probably helps. (Granted Islandview is a relatively nice neighborhood for being on the Near Eastside.)
  12. I guess the biggest difference is that I don't park overnight.
  13. I actually park over there quite a bit and I haven't seen a single break-in or evidence of one (glass on the street.) I'm sure it happens, though. Hell the university sends out monthly reports on crime and motor vehicle theft is probably the most commonly reported crime on or around campus. The only time I've ever seen a break in was over on Ferry St near Woodward. In fact a few days after I saw the car that had been broken into, I got a note from WSU police talking about how I shouldn't keep valuable crap in my car or whatever. (I think I had left my CD book sitting on the passenger seat floor.)
  14. The weather was nice the last few days, and in a month or so we'll start seeing more green.
  15. Actually a lot of students park over there on the service drive as it is some of the closest free parking to a lot of the buildings on that side of campus. There is a pedestrian bridge (painted in the colors of Wayne State) that gets a lot of foot traffic both from people parking along the service drive and students who live on campus who use the athletic facilities (e.g. the track, tennis courts, etc.) I also wouldn't doubt that a lot of students who live in the northern portion of Woodbridge use the bridge to get to and from classes.
  16. I don't necessarily think the garages need to be rebuilt. What they could do though, is add student housing with groundfloor retail on the parking lots directly in front of the garages. The footprint is actually large enough to build something on the scale of the housing on the other side of the street. You're really only losing about 200 parking spots, and if they really absolutely need those spots they can just incorporate a level or two of parking into the building. (e.g. 1st floor retail, 2nd-3rd floor parking, 4th-8th floor student housing.)
  17. I saw the original version a long time ago. The guy videotaping keeps saying "oh my god, oh my god" or something like that.
  18. There is no such thing as "privacy" on public streets, but I wouldn't doubt the city council would be against the use of these cameras...
  19. Who takes cash to restaurants anymore...
  20. They don't take credit cards?
  21. From the look of that picture the area where the stage is/was is still there. That taller section at the end of the building is usually where the stage is located on a theatre.
  22. It depends on where you are or who you are. You could call it Mexicantown (generally describes the area's large hispanic population including the many mexican shops and restaurants), Vernor-Junction (rougly bounded by Clark St, the railroad tracks, I-75 and Livernois/Dragoon), Hubbard-Richard (roughly bounded by Clark St, The railroad tracks, I-75/Fort St and 16th St.), Hubbard Farms (roughly bounded by Clark Park, Vernor Hwy, and I-75), etc.
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