Friday, May 26, 2006

The NFL Youth Education Town

A couple of months ago, I was one of the people around town who were actually grumbling about the NFL Youth Education Town that was being built in Warrendale after Super Bowl XL. I felt that it would've been a lot better if the $6 million that was raised for it was spent on hiring more cops instead building another youth center since DPD wasn't able to respond to every 9-1-1 call.

Everything that I've seen over the past couple of months, however, has prompted me to change my position on this one.

While the former Herman Gardens site is still a fenced-off grassy lot, there is a general vibe in the neighborhood that things are slowly starting to improve. In the five months since the project was announced, for example, I've seen 7 new businesses open in Warrendale.

None of those new businesses were Earth-shatteringly huge - a barber shop, a cell phone store and so one - but still, 7 new businesses in less than 5 months is huge.

It's especially big when you remember that Michigan's overall economy has been, well - let's face it - less than spectacular during those 5 months since these plans were first announced.

I've also noticed a couple of people fixing up some vacant businesses along W. Warren Avenue and putting them up for sale (e.g., the former site of Novack Drugs). That's also a step in the right direction and a big contrast from the old standard of letting it sit forever.

Since all of this started shortly after the NFL/YET was announced, it gives me hope that some thing important to the Warrendale revitalization will arise from this grassy field.

Oh, and in case anyone is wondering - it's official name will be the NFL/YET-Boys & Girls Club on the Dick and Sandy Dauch Campus.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Funny how Herman Gardens is welcomed back as part of Warrendale now that the undesirables have been relocated. I never heard anything of this Herman Gardens is part of Warrendale, especially during the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

I seriously doubt that when some Warrendale residents went around claiming that Warrendale was leased by the city of Detroit from Dearborn/Heights/Township? and would return to Dearborn at some point in the future they would have laid claim to Herman Gardens as part of their new “City of Warrendale”.

Who in the hell is Richard and Sandy Dauch? The site needs be named after Judge Greg Mathis or Ms. Ruth Williams not some fly by night egomaniacs.