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Old December 4th, 2016, 05:16 PM   #101
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Old December 4th, 2016, 05:25 PM   #102
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DETROIT | Monroe Block | 20 & 16 FL | Proposed

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The vacant Monroe Block - the last empty lot on Campus Martius - now has an official, though un-named, proposal for it. The two-phase project will include a 20-story office tower on the actual Monroe Block, and behind it and on another block a multi-structure residential/retail building (with underground parking) which will reach 16-stories at its highest point. The residential/retail building is a later phase 2 and includes 250-units and 60,000 square feet of retail. It is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2018.







This is seperate from a rumored 60-story+ building which may be announced for the nearby Hudson Block next month or January.
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Old December 4th, 2016, 05:26 PM   #103
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In Boston the Southeast expressway cut off the city proper from the Northside which was prominently Italian. Everything isn't about race all the time you know
FYI, among the old-school racists in the Northeast, anyone without Northeast or Northern European heritage (and I mean, strictly, the UK, Germany, France, Benelux, Denmark, or Scandinavia) was considered 2nd class and therefore undesirable--white or not. Just saying.
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Old December 5th, 2016, 03:38 AM   #104
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FYI, among the old-school racists in the Northeast, anyone without Northeast or Northern European heritage (and I mean, strictly, the UK, Germany, France, Benelux, Denmark, or Scandinavia) was considered 2nd class and therefore undesirable--white or not. Just saying.
Good point. There has been a lot of discrimination against a lot of people over the years. I only meant to point out by my commnet that the highway system wasn't some grand conspiracy against blacks as some would seem to argue.
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Old December 5th, 2016, 04:28 AM   #105
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Wow, seems like Detroit is truly coming back to life.
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Old December 7th, 2016, 10:13 PM   #106
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If anyone is thinking of visiting Detroit here is a B&B that just got sold that is in the Bush Park redevelopment area Another excellent example of some great architecture from back in the day.
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Old December 10th, 2016, 07:20 AM   #107
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Hopefully the Yazbecks will use the money to buy and renovate more of the Detroit mansions.

Also, 4 neighborhoods received $1.6 Million for some local projects. It isn't much but it will hopefully have some effect. Work will begin in January 2017. In all four neighborhoods, shops, restaurants, and employers are all within a 20 minute walk, the type of neighborhood revitalization they need to focus on to keep the benefits locally.

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Islandview/ Greater Villages: The Islandview/ Greater Villages RFP will invest $600,000 in a comprehensive neighborhood framework that includes improved approaches to landscape design, stormwater management and streetscaping. A portion of the funding will be dedicated to development of the Beltline Greenway, a non-motorized trailway along a former north-south railway that runs between Beaufait and Bellevue. The Beltline Greenway will complement existing efforts to connect the City’s greenway network. (Awarded to SmithGroup JJR, Christian Hurttienne Architects, with subcontractors HR& A, Quinn Evans, Copenhaganize and the Center for Community Progress).

The Northwest/ Grand River Corridor: This RFP will provide $380,000 in investments for the construction of an improved landscape/stormwater management system, new mobility/streetscape strategies and increased focus on economic and workforce development in these neighborhoods. (Awarded to Design Workshop, with sub-contractors Mannick & Smith, Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects, and Ventra).

Southwest Detroit/ West Vernor Corridor: The RFP will provide $380,000 to create a comprehensive neighborhood framework, and will include an implementation strategy for viaduct repairs, streetscape improvements, open space and green stormwater infrastructure enhancements, affordable- and market-rate housing rehabilitation opportunities, and truck route assessments. (Awarded to Goody Clancy, with sub-contractors LivingLAB LLC, Giffels Webster and Zimmerman/ Volk Associates, W-ZHA and Global Detroit).

Rosa Parks-Clairmount: The Rosa Parks-Clairmount study area will receive $275,000 to activate housing, re-imagine open land, and leverage economic development for the area. (Awarded to Gensler, with sub-contractors Hood Design Studio, Sam Schwartz Transportation and JFM Consulting)

http://detroit.curbed.com/2016/12/6/...-city-planning

Work is also finally beginning on the renovation of the old Wayne County Administration Building.


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A $2.6 million restoration project has begun at the Old Wayne County Building in downtown Detroit.

A building permit was issued last week to begin work on the 225,000-square-foot building at 600 Randolph St. The majority of the work will be on the exterior masonry and window restoration, according to a source familiar with the project. There is also expected to be work on the exterior's stairs and concrete around the building.

The building is owned by 600 Randolph SN LLC, a New York-based investment group that paid $13.4 million for it and a 120-space surface parking lot 2½ years ago.

Both properties had previously been owned by Wayne County, which has sat vacant for nearly a decade after the county moved its executive branch employees moved into the Guardian Building.
http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...ounty-building
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Old December 10th, 2016, 09:50 AM   #108
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That building is gorgeous!
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Old December 10th, 2016, 01:12 PM   #109
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A Detroit-based initiative by three Dutch students:
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Old December 11th, 2016, 09:22 PM   #110
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Wonderful to see this kind of excitement.
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Old December 12th, 2016, 12:27 AM   #111
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Old December 13th, 2016, 04:25 AM   #112
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Just down the street used to be the Old City Hall torn down in 1961

http://historicdetroit.org/galleries...ll-old-photos/
If you were on the roof of the Old City Hall you could see Wayne County Building that they are about to renovate.


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Old December 13th, 2016, 07:19 AM   #113
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The Q Line (formerly named M-1 Woodward) Stations will be heated, have wifi access, and screens to tell when the next train will arrive there.

http://detroit.curbed.com/2016/12/9/...ations-m1-rail

This project is amazing and I hope they greatly expand it into an enormous transit network for Detroit. The empty streets have plenty of space.
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Old December 13th, 2016, 02:16 PM   #114
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Too bad the old City Hall of Detroit was demolished! Part of its identity, just torn down carelessly?
Man, it was on par with New York's City Hall! I think they should reconstruct it.

What sits on the site today?
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Too bad the old City Hall of Detroit was demolished! Part of its identity, just torn down carelessly?
Man, it was on par with New York's City Hall! I think they should reconstruct it.

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Picture from DESAI/NASR Consulting Engineers website.
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Old December 13th, 2016, 06:45 PM   #116
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Old December 13th, 2016, 07:04 PM   #117
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Here is pretty much the same view before.



From the Historic American Building Survey at the Library of Congress
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Old December 15th, 2016, 02:43 AM   #118
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Here is a great Blog that explains how the layout of the city evolved http://detroiturbanism.blogspot.com/
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Old December 24th, 2016, 03:22 PM   #119
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Too bad the old City Hall of Detroit was demolished! Part of its identity, just torn down carelessly?
Man, it was on par with New York's City Hall! I think they should reconstruct it.

What sits on the site today?
There was a time in America when anything modern was considered better than anything old and buildings like this were routinely knocked down in most U.S. cities. There was little appreciation for them at the time but we all sorely miss them now and wonder what they could possibly have been thinking at the time. Unfortunately, unlike Germany, there is no precedent for rebuilding lost architectural treasures. As I have said before on SSC, your historic buildings were robbed from you by war and the communists afterwards while we destroyed our history ourselves. I think that historical difference accounts for the different attitudes between Germany where there is a lot of reconstruction and in the U.S. where there is none. As and aside Erbse I see you on a lot of American city sites on SSC. It's nice that you care about this country as well as your own.
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There was a time in America when anything modern was considered better than anything old and buildings like this were routinely knocked down in most U.S. cities. There was little appreciation for them at the time but we all sorely miss them now and wonder what they could possibly have been thinking at the time. Unfortunately, unlike Germany, there is no precedent for rebuilding lost architectural treasures. As I have said before on SSC, your historic buildings were robbed from you by war and the communists afterwards while we destroyed our history ourselves. I think that historical difference accounts for the different attitudes between Germany where there is a lot of reconstruction and in the U.S. where there is none. As and aside Erbse I see you on a lot of American city sites on SSC. It's nice that you care about this country as well as your own.
A minor point (and quite off-topic), but to bluntly say that "historic buildings were robbed from you by [...] the communists" is simply not true. The Eastern European countries took vastly different approcheras to rebuilding after the war. For example the government in Poland fully supported the painstakingly difficult rebuilding of Warsaw. And while it's true that historic Berlin did not fare well after the formation of East Germany, other cities such as Rostock was left largely intact.
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