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  •  That's definitely a valid point. (1+ / 0-)
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    Staples Center in LA, the Lakers, Clippers and Kings arena, now anchors a resurgent neighborhood directly south of what one would traditionally consider Downtown LA that is now really coming into its own.  Was it Staples that drove the turnaround?  The convention center?  The new concert venues?  I don't have those statistics.  Or maybe they would have eventually come into their own on their own, I don't have those statistics either.

    Detroit needs something.  But arenas are so expensive that I find myself wondering if they could have gotten more bang for their buck with something else.  But what would that something else be?  And with the DIA being threatened, what kind of reassurances would it take for that theoretical something else to move into the city, despite the circling vultures, despite the 58 minute police response times?

    I wish that I had those answers.  But I don't - all I can do is argue with myself.

    The problem here is that LA can hold the Clippers "hostage."  Sports teams, with the exception of football, do not leave LA.    Are the Lakers going to pull up stakes and move to Des Moines because Des Moines can give them an even newer arena?  Of course not.

    But even with the suburbs, I cannot imagine that the major Detroit teams, the Red Wings, the Tigers, are swimming in local money, and they could be wooed away by a Charlotte or an Orlando.

    "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

    by auron renouille on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 07:57:55 PM PDT

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    •  Good question (0+ / 0-)
      Detroit needs something.  But arenas are so expensive that I find myself wondering if they could have gotten more bang for their buck with something else.  But what would that something else be?  
      This is exactly how I feel.  No, a sports arena isn't the best thing, and I don't know what the best thing is.  But seeing as how we have these major sports franchises, and this is what the politicians and the owners want to spend money on, this is what we get and we have to make the best of it.  It's better than them building it somewhere in the suburbs and having all that money go there instead of where it's most sorely needed.

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      by Hatrax on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 08:59:57 PM PDT

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    •  Detroit Acres. (0+ / 0-)

      Detroit Acres is the place to be.
      Space right in the middle of the city.

      Old buildings torn down.
      No useless factories around.

      Detroit in the 21st
      the most liveable city on earth.

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      by 88kathy on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 09:13:46 AM PDT

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