Bill Ford shares vision for Corktown

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Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free PressPublished 12:01 a.m. ET June 17, 2018 | Updated 11:40 a.m. ET June 17, 2018 Bill Ford Jr. talks about Ford buying the Michigan Central Station and his plans for its future Eric Seals, Eric Seals Buy Photo (Photo: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press) CONNECTTWEETLINKEDIN 16COMMENTEMAILMORE Day after day, Bill Ford drove his Mustang GT along Michigan Avenue between Dearborn and Detroit, past the graffiti-covered train station. And he started to wonder about his legacy, his family’s legacy and the future of Ford Motor Co. “I kept staring at the train station thinking, ‘What if? Wouldn’t…

Detroit train station is city’s biggest comeback moment yet

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John Gallagher, Detroit Free PressPublished 7:00 a.m. ET June 15, 2018 | Updated 8:23 a.m. ET June 15, 2018 FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedIn Michigan Central Station through its history  Fullscreen Buy Photo The new at the time lightweight diesel-Powered “Green Diamond” of the Illinois Central is shown to the public in 1936 at the Michigan Central station in Detroit. The engine was furnished by the Winton Engine division of General Motors.  Detroit Free Press archive Fullscreen 1 of 15 Next Slide 15 Photos Michigan Central Station through its history Buy Photo (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press) CONNECTTWEETLINKEDIN 1COMMENTEMAILMORE Trying to sum up the…

Howes: Ford scion driving Blue Oval bid for train depot

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Daniel Howes, The Detroit NewsPublished 11:59 p.m. ET March 19, 2018 | Updated 12:30 a.m. ET March 20, 2018 FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedIn Michigan Central Depot through the years  Fullscreen Buy Photo The impressive Michigan Central railroad station, with a two-story entrance and 16-story office building, was dedicated on Jan. 4, 1914. It was already nearly completed when the previous station, closer to downtown, was destroyed by fire on December 26, 1913. Its main waiting room was 230 feet long by 95 feet wide with an arched ceiling roughly five stories high.  The Detroit News archives Fullscreen 1 of 52 Next Slide 52 Photos Michigan Central…

Detroit: The Most Exciting City in America?

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By REIF LARSENNOV. 20, 2017 Continue reading the main storyVideo Travel Postcard: The Revival of Detroit Detroit’s economy and auto industry were among the hardest hit after the 2008 recession, but the city is in the midst of renewal. By BEN KOLAK, JEAN YVES CHAINON and JOSHUA THOMAS on Publish Date November 19, 2017. Photo by Tony Cenicola/The New York Times. Technology by Samsung.. Watch in Times I’ve always found the best way to read a city’s mood is on a bicycle. You move at a speed that allows for a kind of mutual handshake with the urban topography. This…

Detroit, America’s most ambitious renovation project

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Visitors who arrive in Detroit expecting an apocryphal landscape will be surprised by what they find. After years of population decline and hitting rock bottom with the declaration of bankruptcy in 2013, Detroit is now in the black. The once desolate downtown is packed with pedestrians, pedal taverns have hit the streets and cranes punctuate the skyline: more than $24 billion has been invested in commercial, retail and residential projects since 2006. view from behind the Guardian Building in Downtown Detroit Downtown Detroit is going through a construction boom as architectural treasures are restored © rlassman / Shutterstock But Detroit…

Howes: House Ilitch built is just beginning for Detroit

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Daniel Howes, The Detroit News Published 11:11 p.m. ET Oct. 4, 2017 Little Caesars Arena seats 20,000 for hockey.1 of 48 Fans light up their cellphone flash lights at a sold-out Fans enter the Chevrolet entrance at Little Caesars Little Caesars Arena, foreground, stands in Detroit, Little Caesars Arena is all lit up for its opening The wall lights up on the second floor after a goal Fans check out Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons Manhole covers dedicated to Detroit greats, including All sorts of Pistons and Red Wings gear is for sale Fans make their way down the…

Detroit’s riverfront becomes regional magnet

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James David Dickson, The Detroit News Published 11:43 a.m. ET Sept. 10, 2017 | Updated 4:36 p.m. ET Sept. 10, 2017 636406348916966739-2017-0830-mo-riverfront153.JPGBuy Photo (Photo: Max Ortiz, The Detroit News) Detroit — On a recent August day, cousins Dream Matthews and Devon Willis splashed around the jets of water spewing from the ground along the Detroit RiverWalk. They consider the city’s riverfront as a routine destination and ask their grandmother to take them there often. “Free fun!” said Tracey Dudley, 51, a lifelong Detroiter and grandmother to Dream, 8, and Devon, 5. But ask her about her riverfront memories as a…

Little Caesars Arena to breathe life into dead zone of Detroit

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Frank Witsil,JC Reindl and John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press Published 10:50 a.m. ET Aug. 31, 2017 | Updated 11:24 a.m. ET Sept. 1, 2017 Ice installed at Little Caesars Arena for … CLOSE The Detroit Red Wings unveiled the Little Caesars Arena ice rink for the first time Aug. 17, 2017. Video produced by Brian Manzullo, DFP. Wochit 636397724177347097-IMG-Little-Caesars-Arena-1-.JPG (Photo: John Gallagher/Detroit Free Pres, John Gallagher/Detroit Free Pres) More than a new home for two professional sports teams, the Little Caesars Arena, set for a ribbon-cutting next week, is the centerpiece of a 50-block development dubbed District Detroit that is…

Howes: Survey rates Detroit ‘excellent’ business play

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Daniel Howes , The Detroit News Published 12:00 a.m. ET May 16, 2017 | Updated 8:05 a.m. ET May 16, 2017 -123016-tm-Capitol Park063.jpg_20170112.jpg (Photo: Todd McInturf / Detroit News file) Entrepreneurs Roger Penske and Dan Gilbert, fresh from last week’s launch of the QLine streetcar, aren’t the only business heavyweights bullish on Detroit. The Kresge Foundation’s 2017 “Detroit Reinvestment Index,” to be released Wednesday at the Brookings Institution in Washington, says 84 percent of the 300 national business leaders it surveyed last December believe Detroit can recover “and become a great American city once again.” Some 72 percent rate Detroit…

Author highlights Detroit resurgence in new book

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There was a time when it was fashionable for out-of-state photographers to jet into Detroit, grab a few pictures of harrowing collapse, and then escape on the next flight out of Metro. Times have changed. Now a French photographer living in New York has produced a handsome picture book of Detroit’s surprising revival, “Detroit: The Dream Is Now — The Design, Art, and Resurgence of an American City,” with a focus on individual efforts to rebuild and renovate. The just-released book, published by Abrams and selling for $40, began on a whim. Michel Arnaud, his wife and a couple friends,…