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Allan

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  1. Joel Landy has owned the Scott Mansion for years. He does good work, but the projects seem to take forever to get off the ground...just like everything else in this city. He has renovated many shells in the Cass Corridor into viable buildings, including a few that the city was hell-bent on tearing down. He was responsible for some of the renovation work on the same block (closer to Woodward). In fact, he was planning new construction in the area too, but I'd be surprised to see that get started before the renovation projects are complete. I was most excited to hear that the Book Mansion
  2. Detroit's skyline from the Book Tower. Book Tower stands 38 stories (approximately 475 feet) tall and is the city's 9th tallest building. It provides one of the best skyline views in the city.
  3. It was...but this is Detroit. It is virtually impossible for anything to go as planned here, especially with the economic situation now.
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    Not off the top of my head. Do you remember what year it was demolished?
  5. Yep, look here: http://flickr.com/photos/allanm/sets/72157602215273128/ To even get access to the stadium required coordination with roughly 20 city departments, as well as about $7500 in fees waived. It was a big tangled mess, and I'm thankful to my friend for being so persistent in setting up our tour. It literally took about 3-4 months to coordinate everything. In retrospect, it might've been easier to just slip the guard $100. I do know some people that slipped in through a little-known opening, but it was an incredibly dangerous venture that involved a ladder. I'm not totally
  6. I can't believe how bad the depot is getting. The depot is a special place to me. In fact, I have a mini shrine of sorts devoted to the building, including brass knobs, railing pieces, and part of the clock, all of which were taken out of the building in the mid-90s. I have not been to the depot in over two years now. I drive by it everyday on my way to work. It's so tempting, but I'd almost rather remember it the way that it was when I was last there. There is one photo I want to take on one of the upper floors, but to me it's not worth the 18 flights of stairs to the top. I took i
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    The city will eventually get around to razing Ford Auditorium. It sounds like the expanded Hart Plaza plan is still a few years off, so I'd expect Ford Auditorium to stick around a bit longer. There was an article about the Hart Plaza plan in the paper about it a few weeks ago, but it offered no new information from the article that was published when the project was first announced years ago. Ford Auditorium has no practical use whatsoever. Although I was in a class once where a student proposed turned it into a Walmart! I don't think they got a very good grade on that project!!
  8. That's always been one of my favorite rowhouse buildings. It's hard to believe that it was abandoned just 5 years ago. One of my friends once lived there. The units were pretty nice inside, although the building was a total gut job, so there is nothing in the way of original details...just a modern open plan. I was looking at my photos from 2003 & 2004 the other day. It's amazing how far we've come in just 5 years, although we have a LONG way to go yet.
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    Yes, Slumpy is a freshly-graded dirt lot now. Is it just me, or has the city demolished a lot of houses lately? They demolished 2 on my block, and 2 one block over last weekend. This comes just weeks after they demolished 2 houses 3 blocks away. It's nice to actually receive some attention from the city for once.
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    Yes, that's one of the reasons why I haven't been....
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    I eat breakfast on the weekends at Honest John's. One of these days I do need to make it over to the Detroit Breakfast House....
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    Those of us who live here tend to call the whole of southwest Detroit "Mexicantown," though that is not technically correct. I find myself using it often to describe to suburbanites where I live, since most of them haven't got a clue. Historically speaking, my neighborhood was dubbed Claytown. Southwest Detroit, and particularly my area of Southwest, was where the brick companies set up shop and manufactured most of the bricks that built Detroit. This is still reflected today in the neighborhood, though mostly in the form of street names. Goldner, Greusel, Clippert, Lonyo...they were all
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    The police rarely patrol the neighborhoods. I usually see a police car patroling in my neighborhood once every 2 weeks. And that's if you count driving the wrong way down my residential sidestreet the wrong way going 50mph as a "patrol." The police seem to have plenty of manpower to have 15+ unit speedtraps set up on Livernois every couple of weeks, though. I don't get it. I can't tell you where the police cars are, but they aren't here!
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    Last night my house was broken into for the third time 16 months. I've come to expect this every few months, unfortunately. Deadbolts, steel doors, and burglar alarm systems just don't keep the hooligans from down the street out! I almost find it amusing in a way, except for the fact that we're always replacing either the back door or the side door. Why break in if you're not going to take anything? I must say, though, that the DPD response time was pathetic at best. According to my alarm company, the alarm went off at 8:30pm. My neighbors called the police as soon as they heard t
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    Jason, I'm specifically referring to the Michigan/Livernois area when I talk about the deterioration of my area. Most of the southwest side is thriving. Drive down W. Vernor. There are as many cars on W. Vernor as there were in the 1920s (although there are fewer pedestrians). The area of southwest Detroit by Woodmere Cemetery, for instance, is a very intact residential area. There are virtually no missing houses, and almost all of the houses are well maintained. Parts of southwest Detroit are probably the most dense areas we see today. Density-wise, I'd say it's on the same plane as Ha
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    My particular neighborhood is deteriorating very quickly. However, as a whole SW is one of the most intact sections of the city so, there are fewer fires in SW than in most other parts of Detroit. Still, the number of fires we've had has increased dramatically over the past few years. Most of the arsons are related to insurance scams. It's a lot easier to burn down a house and collect insurance money for it than it is to try and sell it in this market for a low price, especially for those that are on the verge of loosing their homes to foreclosure. Sad but true. We're also experienci
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    With all this talk of scrappers and fires, does anyone know what the statistics for arson were last month, and how they compare to a "normal" month? I'd heard that the DFD responded to reports of over 700 arsons during the month of June, but I can't find a source to back it up. If that's really the statistic, it's pretty scary. Last summer, there were only two fires in my neighborhood, and we've had 8 in just the past 2 months. More are sure to follow, since there are 5 empty houses on my block, and over 20 on my entire street (which stretches a mere 4 blocks). Houses and apartment buil
  18. The Charles M. Beeghly sails under the Ambassador Bridge towards her final destination in the Rouge River.
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    My uncle is a partner at a firm in the Grand Rapids area, and he is also making low 100's. Obviously, not everyone's cut out to be in that position in a firm.
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