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Ahem, that garage is actually painted yellow and a baby blue. The University of Michigan is not affiliated with parking garages, because if we were, all the parking problems in the world would be solved.

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Ahem, that garage is actually painted yellow and a baby blue. The University of Michigan is not affiliated with parking garages, because if we were, all the parking problems in the world would be solved.

LMAO

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What? Detroit doesn't have parking problems! We have one 1,000-space garage for every 1 person. :) Spreading the wealth!

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Well, Detroit refuses to share their parking spaces with Ann Arbor. We'd gladly take one of your nice garages like 1001 Woodward or that newish brick one near Rivertown. We'd like the CVS too.

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December 15, 2006 (The last 2006 construction installment for me).

South Wing of the DIA Expansion

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Lofts at New Amsterdam - now moving in

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Security system good to go

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Nice little pedestrian corridor between the two buildings

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What's across the street you ask? Who want to make renovation bets? :)

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The changing face of TechOne

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The future of the auto industry - NextEnergy fuel cell laboratories

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New Amsterdam/New Center Lofts

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The windows look increadible. It's hard to believe the blight this building use to be.

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Sorry, I got a little carried away:

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It's the place to live if you like to watch trains go by (like me)! :P

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The Argonaut Building...when, when, and when?

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'Skuse me a second...

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Ok.

Could the future of the NBC Building be near?

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Edited by Michi

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Research Lofts, North Trumbull Avenue.

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Bonnie Bridge Townhouses, Woodbridge. Ok, I can work with that. :)

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A fun rehab I haven't noticed until now (on Trumbull).

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The Motor City Casino serves as the backdrop to Detroit's Miracle Mile.

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Wondering who's bright idea was the 3-story wall. Seriously, what tragedy would windows do?

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From the Lodge Fwy.

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Mantra moved in to Cass & Peterboro from Hamtramck (I believe). Some of you may remember the old pet store that use to be here.

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Willy's looking as sharp as ever! I LOVE this development.

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...as I do 55 W. Canfield...installing the balconies.

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Canfield frontage

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Woodward side. Lights on at night!

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MidMed, also on Canfield (E).

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Got carried away again. ;)

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John R. and Canfield

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More to come Saturday.

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Tipping point-minus-transit potential, yes. I think there is a ways to go with critical mass yet. It's beefing up, but is still going to take a lot of convincing (particularly to retailers) that Central Detroit can support stiff market rate retail amenity. I'm not doubting that it can't, but I think true critical mass would set a standard and status quo that most middle class retailers and businesses can establish without high risk.

I think what we have now are islands of what we'll have in the future. These islands need to have contiguous connectivity, including better efficiency in crossing Woodward. When that starts to be accomplished, I think a firmer understanding of critical mass will start to take hold.

To illustrate my point, I kept saying to myself today as I was photographing the properties was..."well, someday soon all these developments won't HAVE to have gated parking." But for the time being (until we can reach critical mass), it's just a necessary evil. I even had to roll my eyes when I was riding bike up Cass near (south) of WSU and still find piles of fresh automobile window glass car-lengths apart, block upon block on the curb. Woodward and John R. have still have this problem too, as do the east-west streets.

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Lofts at New Amsterdam has a pretty building. It reminds me of the Fyfe Shoe Store.

Does anyone know what's taking the Argonaut Building so long? I guess it's a mystery for everyone.

The casino is really dissapointing. The bottom looks so ghetto and it isn't even done. I can visualize the curved part aging, and the bottom part covered in graffitti. It looks good from a distance though.

Thanks for posting the update. :)

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Im guessing that blank park is where we might see some of the craziness we saw in that car inspired rendering from awhile back. I doubt they leave it like that.

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Excellent photo tour. You have no idea how much it means to those of us that no longer live in the area to see updated photos of progress. Thank you.

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Great updates Michi!

dtown: The Ellington is located at the corner of Woodward and Mack.

Also, it's nice to see that the police station on Park's getting some attention.

Edited by Jin Kim

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