The $400 million worth or so of development happening at the State Fairgrounds site in Detroit with the new amazon distribution center has turned a lot of heads.
The project promises to create as many as 2,000 jobs at the amazon facility; not to mention the developments nearby on the same parcel.
But it’s not without some questions and pushback.
The part we’ll talk about today, since the fairgrounds is a site with generations of history. Should the long-standing buildings like the coliseum and the bandshell be preserved somehow, instead of demolished?
And what about transit connections? A quarter of Detroit households don’t have a car and buses are a way lots of people here get to work.
Our feature conversation raises some questions and gives us some historical context. Dave Gifford is a regional community and transit advocate who also has a passion for music.
He wrote an interesting piece that appeared on medium and in the Metro Times about it that’s gotten a lot of traction.
And we dive into the question – could this, with some adjustments, be a much better development than it is? And Amazon has a response, too.
Then, I’ll share three things to know around town: Including an update on coronavirus relief in Michigan, Marathon is looking to create a green zone near their Detroit refinery, and an update on community benefits money on Detroit’s east side.
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