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Old September 16th, 2016, 11:37 PM   #21
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QLINE Detroit - lightrail | Public Transport

Unbelievable stuff, decade-long car-centered Detroit finally gets some proper public transport!
Definitely the right way to bring back urbanism.

Lightrail streetcars @
M-1 Rail | QLINE


http://detroit.curbed.com/2016/3/24/...woodward-qline

Station plan:

http://m-1rail.com/station-stops/

The first streetcar arrived just this week, Hello Detroit!


https://twitter.com/M1RAIL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Rail line construction:






https://www.facebook.com/MichiganDOT/photos_stream
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Old September 16th, 2016, 11:50 PM   #22
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Gordie Howe International Bridge

And the region's largest infrastructure project, mostly paid for by the Canadian state,
will vastly improve the road connections and accessibility from both sides,
and release stress from the Ambassador Bridge and the centers of Detroit and Windsor:

Gordie Howe International Bridge

- Connecting Detroit (USA) and Windsor/Ontario (Canada)
- Costs: ~1.3 billion $ for the bridge, 2.5 bln for the grand scheme
- Construction started 2016, presumably finished by 2020


http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/n...ional-crossing



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Old September 17th, 2016, 12:07 AM   #23
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Metropolitan Building Detroit - hotel redevelopment | Beaux Arts highrise revitalized

The Metropolitan Building will be converted into a hotel!

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"The Metropolitan Building is slated for a major rehab with plans for an extended-stay hotel. The 100,000-square-foot building will also feature an in-house grocer and a breakfast restaurant. Developers project the $32 million project will be completed by summer 2018." [Detroit News/Curbed]



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Old September 17th, 2016, 01:08 AM   #24
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Detroit's former train station gets a minor facelift

The owners only replaced the windows, but it's still something positive for this architectural beauty.
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Old September 17th, 2016, 01:34 AM   #25
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Amazing new thread! Thank you for putting in the work to make it!

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Old September 17th, 2016, 02:03 AM   #26
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Absolutely love the new tram route.

The icing on the cake of Detroit's regeneration will, for me, be when Michigan Central is reopened as a rail station. What's the possibility of that happening?
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Old September 17th, 2016, 05:11 AM   #27
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The installation of the streetcar is fantastic. In my home country Romania some geniuses had the bright idea to remove the streetcars in some cities completely, like in Constanta, for more traffic lanes, even though streetcar tracks can still double as lanes like in Toronto. I can't imagine Toronto without its streetcars.
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Old September 17th, 2016, 12:09 PM   #28
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Yeah, proper (public) infrastructure, security and a reduction of corruption definitely are key for a sustainable future of Detroit. I'm very glad so many right steps are taken, while there's still a long, long way to go for the metropolis.


Anyway, I expected this album to be vast, while it's quite overseeable:

Abandoned buildings in Detroit
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Old September 17th, 2016, 01:36 PM   #29
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Onward Detroit! And this thread as well of course It's exciting to imagine the development of a city over the course of 10/20/50 years. It's like the next Berlin!
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Old September 17th, 2016, 02:59 PM   #30
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Nice to see positives news coming out of Detroit.
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Old September 17th, 2016, 07:29 PM   #31
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Grand Army of the Republic Building, renovation completed recently
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Old September 17th, 2016, 10:26 PM   #32
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Great the renovations in Detroit!
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Old September 17th, 2016, 11:12 PM   #33
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I was just there last month to visit family and there are also things that are beginning to happen in the neighborhoods outside the the core area. Thanks for putting this together.
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Old September 18th, 2016, 05:51 AM   #34
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Was meinst du Erbse, billig Haeuser und Detroit kaufen und auf den Boom warten?
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Old September 18th, 2016, 06:49 AM   #35
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There are investors from different parts of the world who have bought several homes hoping to cash in later.
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Old September 18th, 2016, 02:27 PM   #36
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Robotics Facility near Ford Mcity | University of Michigan Board

There's various uncertainties, but there's always risk in any promising investment. I'd buy Detroit property, but for now only in neighborhoods that already do well.

I can't get enough of the before/after renovation pics! Fabulous stuff. And blessed times we live in, just some decades before they'd have torn down pretty much any building that calls out "blight".


More good news from Big D:

$75M Robotics Facility to be Constructed at U-M, Feature Ford Facilities

The University of Michigan Board of Regents has approved a schematic design for a new $75 million Robotics Laboratory, to be located at the university’s Ann Arbor campus. The building will operate as a robotic technologies facility that includes a dedicated space for Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co.



With a slate gray and silver façade, the 140,000-square-foot building will feature a three-story fly zone for autonomous aerial vehicles, outdoor obstacle courses for walking robots, high-bay garage space for self-driving cars, two large shared lab spaces, a collaboration area, offices for 30 faculty members and postdoctoral researchers, and two classrooms.

Construction of the building close to Mcity, which is expected to be complete by winter 2020, is scheduled to begin after a comprehensive fundraising effort. The project is expected to provide an average of 66 on-site construction jobs.
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Well, Detroit is still demolishing its historic buildings. For instance, Park Avenue Hotel was demolished in 2015, even though it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (does that even mean something in the USA?). There is also a shitload of other buildings demolished in 1990s and 2000s. Here is the list.
That's why I'm extremely happy when I see all those renovated buildings, as there was a big chance those would be demolished like their neighbours.
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Old September 20th, 2016, 11:54 AM   #38
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Indeed, a lot of Detroit's grandeur already vanished. What I meant to say is, that in some darker architectural eras, they'd have torn down pretty much anything that seemed "unmodern" or was disused for more than a couple years.


More investment by unicorn startups in the Detroit area:

Uber to open Michigan center for R&D

"Uber will open a new research center in metro Detroit by the end of this year to accommodate increased work with auto suppliers and other technology companies involved in autonomous vehicle development.

Sherif Marakby, Uber vice president for global vehicle development, announced the investment this morning at the SAE Convergence conference in Novi.
"What we're realizing is there is a huge critical mass of talent in the Detroit area."

He declined to say where the new center will be or how many people it will employ, but did he say it would open in a few months. "


Interesting additional information: Uber started a driverless taxi project in near Pittsburgh.

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This drone video of winter 2016 shows Michigan Central Station Detroit in full aerial splendour, including its fresh windows that were installed by the end of 2015:


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It's a shame Hammond Building was demolished, it was contemporary (1889) with the Burnham's Rand McNally Building in Chicago which was the first all street frame skyscraper and like that building it was also Detroit's first all-steel frame skyscraper.



and Burnham's Majestic Building was also a huge loss:

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