Monday, April 19, 2010

Detroit's Historic Buildings

I love seeing my friends on the national news, especially when they have a positive story to tell. Karen Nagher, a friend of mine and the executive director of Preservation Wayne, was on ABC World News to talk about some of the historic buildings that are still left in Detroit.



I believe that Detroit does need to downsize in order to accommodate for its smaller population. The entire cities of Boston and Phoenix as well as all of Manhattan can fit inside of the Detroit city limits, with room still left over. However, I strongly believe that this can be done without destroying any of the buildings in Detroit that are on the National Register of Historic Places.

As of right now, the plans that Mayor Dave Bing has put forth do not jeopardize any of these important resources. However, the Bing Administration did approve the demolition of Tiger Stadium in Corktown last year, shortly after preservationists finished raising the money needed to restore it. This was followed shortly thereafter by demolition of the Lafayette Building downtown, even though interested and qualified developers were prepared to restore that one as well.
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