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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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The latest proposal, as reported by the Detroit Free Press, to redevelop Michigan Central Station comes from Ford Motor Company to establish a (sort of) downtown corporate campus.

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  • ..The price tag isn't the only question that will determine whether Ford actually buys the old train station from current owner Manuel (Matty) Moroun, who also owns the Ambassador Bridge. Ford's interest in the station also has to make sense in terms of the automaker's overall strategic goals. But cost is clearly a major factor in any deal for the train station
Ford obviously accepts that the young talent they need to attract wants to live downtown and not in "way out" Dearborn. As the article suggests, perhaps the former public areas could be used for again public use, with shops, restaurants, and of course a Ford display area (with dealers of course on hand to happily "take your order").

But one thing that does not appear to be on the agenda is any kind of use as a passenger rail facility.

With the high visibility that the structure has from I-75 approaching or leaving town, likely the largest Ford logo one ever did see will be atop.

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