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Tanner929
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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/06/us/06station.html?scp=1&sq=detroit&st=cse


Above is an intresting article in The New York Times about the Michigan Central Station. Not much new concerning its history and of course its decay. City has voted to tear it down but hasn't the funds to pay for the demolision, The Times tends to write about these things like they discovered it. It took the city years to tear down Tiger Stadium after the last game played their. Newest idea is to house the Police Dept. Talk about Ft Detroit! Reopening as a "Hi-Speed" Station. Typical Government thinking building a grand station before they've laid a mile of track.

This station along with Buffalo are indeed America's Ruins.

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We should note this article, including the photo, appeared on the front-page 'below the fold'.
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More on Michigan Central appearing today in the Detroit Free Press.
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There appears to be renewed interest in redeveloping the Michigan Central Station property. Here are articles from both the architectural site Curbed and business related Crains.

First, as noted in both articles, there are plans to have a "Homecoming" dinner at the Station. Sure hope some "heavy hitter" doesn't get beaned by a piece of falling concrete. Owners best think "heap big wampum".

Secondly, with Amazon scouting around for a second HQ in a region away from Seattle, there are "visions" of such landing in Detroit. Give that one 1000 to 1.

But even if the property is redeveloped for commercial and/or residential use, the trains aren't coming back. Given that the sponsor, Michigan DOT, has decided that the Wolverine route is Chicago-Pontiac with Detroit being an intermediate stop, the existing station located on the Grand Trunk makes most sense for operational efficiency.

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