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How come the Detroit City Airport is named "Coleman A. Young International Airport" if it ain't even up to international standards? The runways are too short, the terminals are inadequate, and it has no scheduled passenger airline service. Also, it's a boring airport.

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I assume because it has a customs station. That's all that you need to be labeled "international" from what I've heard. You don't even need any flights outside the country.

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That is correct. That it why places like MBS in Freeland, Flint Bishop and Ford in Grand Rapids are all considered International Airports. Hell, even Sault Ste. Marie has an "International" airport, now that is a boring airport. It has nothing to do with runway length or terminal specs.

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I'm coming to town for the Tuesday night Tigers game @ 7pm from Grand Rapids. I'll be taking I-96 across the state, but then I was wonder if it would be better for me to take 696->75 or stay on 96 right to downtown. I'm asking more for a general idea of traffic & construction around rush hour....

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You shouldn't have any problems coming INTO town during the evening rush. However, avoid I-696...that gets clogged in both directions during both rush hours. My opinion, based on experiences would be to stay on I-96 all the way to downtown. You can also take the express lanes, which also move a little faster as well.

Another tip would be to follow the M-10/Lodge Fwy. (Civic Center exit) to downtown. Don't take the I-75 north ramps because that always backs up from the south during Tigers games because people only know one and only one way to parking lots.

Tip-tip: Once on M-10/Lodge southbound, exit LARNED Street on the left. That way you can avoid Jefferson and having to worry about merging across multiple lanes of traffic. Larned will parallel Jefferson and let you turn left on pretty much every street heading toward the stadium.

Tip-tip-tip: If you are parking in a surface lot, make absolutely sure that you ask the person you are handing money to for a certificate issued by the city that says they are legitimate parking lot attendants. The people that take your money are REQUIRED to have possession of both that certificate and a city-issued button on their shirt. Otherwise, you're flirting with a scam and a) your car might not be there when you get back because it was towed away or b) you have a city-issued parking ticket on your windshield; and you just gave away $20 to some idiot AND have to pay the parking fine.

My recommendation would be to find a garage to park. There is an overabundance of parking in downtown Detroit, however since everyone here acts like a bunch of lemmings following the leader they all park at or as close to the stadiums as possible. An option that I would recommend would be to park in the Greektown Garage and then go into the casino and validate your parking card...so you can park for free. The garage enterance is on Brush Street, which is most easily accessible from the Larned Street exit from the Lodge.

I-96 east to M-10/Lodge: (Civic Center exit) southbound.

Exit the Lodge at Larned Street (from the left lane). Larned goes under Cobo Center.

Take Larned 6 blocks to Brush Street. Turn left (north) on Brush.

Take Brush up 3 blocks. Go past Lafayette Blvd and the enterance to the garage will be on your left (across the street from the Atheneum Hotel).

To walk to the stadiums, just take Brush north 5-or-so blocks.

Let us know if there is anything else that might make your trip a little easier!

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Lots of quality tips! Thanks!

Luckily, we're coming with company season tickets, so we have parking for one of the lots prepaid... I'll definitely be writing down the directions you gave!

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Oh that's good to hear. Today, I noticed a man standing out front of the Greektown Garage looking as if he was asking motorists if they had some sort of plastic card (like a membership card maybe) in order to enter the garage. I got worried that they might have changed their policies and that I gave you inaccurate information.

Hopefully, if you do decide to take the route I listed, that that's not the one day everyone decides to go that route. ;) Have fun!

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Haha, my wife has already given me crap for not just following the Google Map directions... so I hope for my sake these directions work better too ;) she's never driven 696 during rush hour though and I have so I know how bad it can get.

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I tried to explain to her that I'd rather trust someone who actually LIVES in the area rather than some arbitrary map program... but she seems to put more money behind the program

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I forgot about that new feature! Thanks for the directions! Only problem we had was I got off on Jefferson Ave West instead of going East so I had to U-turn it. It was great cruising down I-96, hardly any cars!

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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 the alarm going off, as well. I arrived home shortly after 9:00 to inspect the damage. I waited and waited and waited. I happened to glance out the window on my way to bed at 12:15am to see the DPD arriving on the scene. Apparently their idea of a "response" to a call of breaking and entering is simply driving by, stopping in front of the house for 15 seconds, and then driving away. They didn't so much as get out of their cruiser, let alone knock on the door to see if everything was ok. I truly hope that response time is much better in an actual emergency where time is of the essence. I understand that they are busy, but 3.75 hours?! Come on! :rolleyes:

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I would have rampaged out the front door with my shotgun in tow and told them to get the f*** out of my neighborhood before I called the cops.

Ok, not really. That was my attempt at a dirty joke.

But did anyone else watch Karen Drew's story on the 11 o'clock news last night? The same night Allen's residence was broken into? The story was about a grandma in Troy who was being watched in a city park by a criminal. He followed her to her home where he broke in and attacked her and tried to rape her.

Channel 4 previewed the story and rereported in in the story itself that "the one thing this lady did to save her life" was to immediately call the cops...right away. The first thing that came to my mind was, "what about the viewers watching from Detroit? What are they suppose to do? What's your recommendation for them?

Allen, I don't know how you do it, but I would be fed up after incident #1. I live in an apartment building in Midtown w/ a doorman and a secured front door. That didn't stop the doorman from pulling out a gun and shooting a tenant who threatened his life...about a month ago now.

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If there are 3,000 patrol officers employed by the city, let's assume that with three shifts, there are 1,000 cops patrolling the city at any given time. The city of Detroit is only 139 sq. mi. Even if the police worked in pairs, theoretically, there should be one patrol for every .25 sq. mi. of the city, or 4 patrols (8 officers) for every square mile of the city.

What the city should do is break the city up into 100 or so patrol areas ranging in size from 1 to 2 square miles, based on land area, population density, and crime rates. They should assign at least one patrol to each of those areas, and in the worst areas assign several patrols. The officers cannot leave those patrols during the time that they are assigned to them. When a call comes in, whichever cop is assigned to the patrol area must respond to the call within a certain amount of time (no more than 5 or 10 minutes). If the officer does not respond to the call in the reasonable time, they should be documented. If it happens more than a few times, they should be disciplined or fired.

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No, no, no. The police department itself is corrupted, by intent. Did anyone watch the Christine Beatty accusation of the "lost traffic ticket"? Perfect example of there being no brains behind the police dept.

http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/myfox/pages/Ne...p;pageId=3.10.1

The department has also in the past excused itself from responding to calls because on-duty officers need to staff the stations.

Also, an incident that is forever ingrained in my head is the story done right after Katrina where a woman renovated a home on the east side for a refugee family arriving from La. The home was vandalized and stripped from its contents and appliances. The police officer response to the woman: "This is Detroit. Get use to it."

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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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Hey, I know there are a couple architects on this board. And I'm pretty sure I remember that wolverine is an alumni of U of M. I just have a couple questions that I wanted answered, so I was hoping to get in contact with an alumni. Sorry to have to put this on here, the fourm wont let me look up email addresses or anything...

Thanks!

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