Friday, January 08, 2010

Tear-Down is Another Bad Break for Detroit

I blogged back in June of last year about the questionable priorities that were indicated by Mayor Dave Bing's decision to spend $1.4 million demolishing the historic Lafayette Building (144 W. Lafayette) downtown while doing relatively little about vacant, burned out homes in our neighborhoods.

This issue takes an interesting turn with events downtown today. Reporters from around the world are in town to cover the arraignment of the underwear bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. Most of these reporters are camped out in a parking lot near the U.S. Courthouse in Detroit; one that is right next door to the partially demolished Lafayette Building.

This, in turn, means that shots of the Lafayette Building are now in the backdrop of many of these live newscasts, putting Mayor Bing's blunder at the center stage before an international audience.

One reporter from The New York Times snapped the photo at left. He posted it on Twitter with the caption "Only in Detroit."

More on this story can be found in the Detroit Free Press story that is linked below.

In the meantime, I simply want to remind everyone that the North American International Auto Show begins next week. This will bring even more reporters from around the world to Detroit. Again, almost all of them will have to go past the Lafayette Building to get to the show.

I'm sure we have more embarrassment in store for ourselves.

Tear-down is another bad break for Detroit | Detroit Free Press
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