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Endless Potential

Postby Brotha Lawrence » Thu Apr 29, 2010 1:55 am

Building a school out of an empty building is going to create a surge of development in this part of town. The potential is there.


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I really hope this building spurs other development
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Old July 29th, 2009, 10:21 AM
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I really hope this building spurs other development
Me too. In my opinion this area has so much untapped potential, and although I am not surprised about anything in this City, I'm mildly curious that there has never been rehab efforts for this neighborhood. I know the Watermark was supposed to happen here, and another high-end condo building, but these fell apart as similar projects in Detroit do.

I hope this school is the beginning of something. It almost has to be
, as the way the neighborhood stands now it's not really attractive to parents looking for a school. To the near East, Joseph Campau is nice, with Garden Lofts, Say Hey, the Atwater Bar, Andrews, and the Stroh Riverplace complex, but thats just one street and to the West and South the area is largely abandoned. With the recent finishing of the Dequindre Cut, the planned extension of the DQ, the remodeled Tri-Centennial State Park, and the Riverwalk all right there, I think the area has great potential.

I think planned developments have been awful, however. First it was the planned casinos that basically killed the area, then the high-end condo developments. Who is going to spend a million dollars on a condo in Detroit? I think the best development for the area would be a handful of small parks, and small housing developments... Something like row houses, duplexes, single family homes. No need to build ten story buildings. Maybe with the start of somethings a few of the vacant industrial buildings could be rehabbed into lofts. I realize this is all an impossibility right now, but at some point I could see this area thriving.

I just think its interesting that while the "downtown" area of the city has moved north, where Midtown is nice and New Center is coming into its own, the southern portions of the city have been largely forgotten. I think the East Riverfront extending from the Renaissance Center down to Joseph Campau would be prime for a planned development, based on its attractive locations, near resources, and largely abandonded buildings and lots. Anyway I hope this is the start of something...
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Old July 29th, 2009, 01:48 PM
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Yeah I am no city planner (not yet at least) but I too agree that the East Riverfront district will flourish in the next 5-10 years.
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