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All-Star Game pays area $52.5 million

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All-Star Game pays area $52.5 million

from the Detroit Free Press - August 26, 2005

The 2005 All-Star Game and related events generated $52.5 million in spending in the Detroit region, according to a report released Thursday.

Spending in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties related to the July 12 game and activities in the preceding week came to $42 million, according to the study conducted by Patrick Rishe, associate professor of economics at Webster University in St. Louis.

The addition of Washtenaw County raised the spending total to $52.5 million, in line with Major League Baseball's estimate of $50 million to $55 million.

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Among Rishe's findings:

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I would say that Detroit put on a perfect performance! I was downtown throughout the entire week and I think it was a magnificant display put on by the city. It was a great "walk through" for the Super Bowl, but there is still a lot to be done in that time. If 78% of people have a more favorable perception of the city, I'm not sure there is anything else that we could ask for.

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Those are great numbers. Boy I would hate to hear what they used to think of it because when I was there in July, once I got 1 block away from Comerica Park at night, I was terrified! My relative works at DTE Detroit Edison and we walked all the way back there.

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How much money was spent on security? All the while some people went homeless because of a big fire down the road. Not to say these events are bad, but should we spend the money on real security or the facade of security?

Peace to Detroit

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