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'District Detroit': Red Wings' New Arena Details Released

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I like this concept

New-Detroit-Arena-Concept-Cross-Section.Looks like 1/4 will be under ground and keeping a low ceiling. One of my favorite part of the Joe is how low the ceiling is. When the Joe is rocking it is the loudest hockey area I have been in.

I like the fact that Stevie Y is on the 'Jumbotron'.

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Noooo that's the parking garage name.

Good call, along with the I don't know why people aren't coming here for $15 beers stand, and the we won't overpay for hotdogs kiosk, and the hot and ready will be our intermission acquisition stand

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I am glad you like my idea for the ICE Arena. I like it too!

If you guys want to go with the kicking tires theme, it would be hilarious if Goodyear or Uniroyal got the bid for the name. Uniroyal Centre, we've been kicking tires for 20 years! (and kicking ass)

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I've noticed it's the people in the suburbs who are usually pessimistic about downtown. I've been living here the past two years and it has been a blast. No one here is "waiting for a revival." It's already pretty awesome. I have no doubt these plans will make it better.

Here is the view from my apartment and you can see the lots along Woodward where the stadium will stand. You can see the FOX theater sign for a point of reference. I'll post more pictures once they start construction.

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Thankfully Holland will have no input in building the arena or it would come out looking like a pizza hut.

Im not thrilled about this because 2 years ago i was married on the ice in Joe Louis. Its going to be sad if they tear it down and we cant go back to where we were married.

Poor fella :P

I'm ecstatic about the new arena and district. I really have a hard time seeing how it is going to be a negative thing in the long run, especially for the city. As for the name I agree with the earlier post explaining the Comerica Park instead of Olympia/Little Ceasers, it'll most likely be named after some outside investor.

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Is this project really worth all the criticism it is getting. I figured most arenas get paid for by the city so I don't understand why the big fuss about tax dollars paying for it?

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Is this project really worth all the criticism it is getting. I figured most arenas get paid for by the city so I don't understand why the big fuss about tax dollars paying for it?

Well.....Considering Detroit is bankrupt.

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Is this project really worth all the criticism it is getting. I figured most arenas get paid for by the city so I don't understand why the big fuss about tax dollars paying for it?

This project is getting criticism because like with almost everything else in the world, reactionary dips***s got all bent out of shape about this before they knew all the facts. People hear "tax dollars" and assume their personal income tax is going to go up, or some retiree's pension will get cut, to pay for this or something. Then, because they're already outraged, they can't just stop and admit they were wrong when they hear that the "tax dollars" used to pay for this project have already been collected, and were specifically designated for projects exactly like this one through the Downtown Development Authority.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130725/NEWS/130729909/detroit-taxpayers-to-fund-60-percent-of-red-wings-arena-plan-shows

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This project is getting criticism because like with almost everything else in the world, reactionary dips***s got all bent out of shape about this before they knew all the facts. People hear "tax dollars" and assume their personal income tax is going to go up, or some retiree's pension will get cut, to pay for this or something. Then, because they're already outraged, they can't just stop and admit they were wrong when they hear that the "tax dollars" used to pay for this project have already been collected, and were specifically designated for projects exactly like this one through the Downtown Development Authority.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130725/NEWS/130729909/detroit-taxpayers-to-fund-60-percent-of-red-wings-arena-plan-shows

Excellent point, although I want to say that I read somewhere a while back about the city potentially using money for education to fund this project. Lemme do a google search and see if I can find it.

Yeah: http://redwings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=674634

The article doesn't give us much other than some of the money would have otherwise been used for education throughout the state. I don't know whether anything has been updated or changed since then, either. Anyway, I think most of the criticism started around this point and has since spiraled out into something else, and at this point I think a lot of the complaints aren't really addressing facts, as you alluded to.

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Excellent point, although I want to say that I read somewhere a while back about the city potentially using money for education to fund this project. Lemme do a google search and see if I can find it.

Yeah: http://redwings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=674634

The article doesn't give us much other than some of the money would have otherwise been used for education throughout the state. I don't know whether anything has been updated or changed since then, either. Anyway, I think most of the criticism started around this point and has since spiraled out into something else, and at this point I think a lot of the complaints aren't really addressing facts, as you alluded to.

Yeah not a lot of info there. I don't see how the money "was going to schools" when it is already coming from the DDA. Unless they mean that the state bond money would have otherwise "gone to schools", but I'm not sure that's fair either. A more accurate statement would be, "opponents would rather the bond money go to schools". They make it sounds like money was going to go to schools, and then all of a sudden the state took it away and used it for the arena instead. I'm not sure that's supported by any evidence, and seems a lot like political posturing to me.

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Yeah not a lot of info there. I don't see how the money "was going to schools" when it is already coming from the DDA. Unless they mean that the state bond money would have otherwise "gone to schools", but I'm not sure that's fair either. A more accurate statement would be, "opponents would rather the bond money go to schools". They make it sounds like money was going to go to schools, and then all of a sudden the state took it away and used it for the arena instead. I'm not sure that's supported by any evidence, and seems a lot like political posturing to me.

I don't know how the DDA would even have access to money that would go to state education, or vice versa. Maybe any funds not used by the DDA are turned over to the state, if they have no approved project for them? I have no clue.

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Let us tread carefully, please. All comments have thus far been germane to the conversation, yet are nudging dangerously close to political discussion. It's a very, very fine line and one not easy to navigate, so by all means express opinions and contribute to the conversation, but do so thoughtfully.

Thanks.

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I don't know how the DDA would even have access to money that would go to state education, or vice versa. Maybe any funds not used by the DDA are turned over to the state, if they have no approved project for them? I have no clue.

As I understand it, the state issues bond money which the DDA (and the Illitchs) pays back. The DDA wouldn't have "school money" as their money is specifically earmarked for development projects. But, theoretically, state bond money could go to schools.

But I don't see (nor have I ever heard) that the bond money used to fund this project was DEFINITELY going to schools (or anything else) and then was suddenly rerouted to the arena project. Like I said, seems like opponents of the projects are saying "if we weren't building an arena the money COULD go to schools", which may be theoretically true but doesn't withstand scrutiny.

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I've noticed it's the people in the suburbs who are usually pessimistic about downtown. I've been living here the past two years and it has been a blast. No one here is "waiting for a revival." It's already pretty awesome. I have no doubt these plans will make it better.

Here is the view from my apartment and you can see the lots along Woodward where the stadium will stand. You can see the FOX theater sign for a point of reference. I'll post more pictures once they start construction.

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There are nice areas downtown no doubt. the problem is that there is almost the same amount of bad parts as well. Detroit is one of the largest cities in the country in terms of square miles, yet they are one of the only few cities to have a shrinking population. The city was built for a population of 2 million, not 600K. As a result you have a ton of areas that look like post apocalyptic war zone. They need to demolish these abandon neighborhoods and consolidate the city (easier said then done i know). but the city as is too big for the population that it has right now

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There are nice areas downtown no doubt. the problem is that there is almost the same amount of bad parts as well. Detroit is one of the largest cities in the country in terms of square miles, yet they are one of the only few cities to have a shrinking population. The city was built for a population of 2 million, not 600K. As a result you have a ton of areas that look like post apocalyptic war zone. They need to demolish these abandon neighborhoods and consolidate the city (easier said then done i know). but the city as is too big for the population that it has right now

There's a lot of effort going into blight removal. Duggan has appointed "district managers" to oversee their neck of the woods in terms of cataloging, identifying the owners, tearing down/selling abandoned buildings, and while that's a huge undertaking, the city has already made great strides in achieving their goals. Dan Gilbert is also heavily involved with this project, and has agreed to buy up a lot of these abandoned buildings and tear them down/renovate them. Many others that are salvageable have been put up for auction online, and folks have been buying up these houses, fixing them up, and moving in. So yeah, Detroit has it's problems. Everyone in the world is hip to that, and it's unfortunately become our label. What everyone doesn't know is how much things are actually going right, and how much effort is going into building the city back up, and how much progress has already been made. The blight removal is one such example. The arena and entertainment district will be another, and will be a capstone on years of investment put into both downtown and midtown.
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How about "The Kicking Tires Arena"

:lol:

It will actually be the Belle Tire Kicking Arena.

Yes, it absolutely will be corporate named. Too many $$$s at stake with that.

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I've noticed it's the people in the suburbs who are usually pessimistic about downtown. I've been living here the past two years and it has been a blast. No one here is "waiting for a revival." It's already pretty awesome. I have no doubt these plans will make it better.

Here is the view from my apartment and you can see the lots along Woodward where the stadium will stand. You can see the FOX theater sign for a point of reference. I'll post more pictures once they start construction.

I'm moving down in August. Is that Iodent you're in?

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Yes sorry wasn't trying to bring up politics just have read so many articles bashing it and wasn't sure what is true or what is just knee jerk reaction of the numbers first coming out... I know there were talks that Detroit residence would get a certain % of the jobs and such don't know if they were released. I'm not a Detroit native but have visited and as an outside view it will be nice to have a place to take my Gf to see a game and areas to walk and see besides hockeytown cafe as such... Hopefully it works and does give the city and little push in the right sireftion

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Is this project really worth all the criticism it is getting. I figured most arenas get paid for by the city so I don't understand why the big fuss about tax dollars paying for it?

Well.....Considering Detroit is bankrupt.

What helps more, blocks and blocks of blight, or 3 major sports venues a stones throw away from each other with residential, retail, and restaurant space along with concert venues?

Do any of the other major cities have an arena, football stadium and baseball stadium so close together?

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What helps more, blocks and blocks of blight, or 3 major sports venues a stones throw away from each other with residential, retail, and restaurant space along with concert venues?Do any of the other major cities have an arena, football stadium and baseball stadium so close together?

Other major cities also have other tourist attractions. Detroit really doesn't have much at all. There's far more negative than good...but this is a step in the right direction. But still a LONG way to go.

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I'm moving down in August. Is that Iodent you're in?

I'm in Kales. Great area to live. Great restaurants and events. Wonderful biking city. My buddies and I walk next door and scalp Tigers tickets for cheap halfway through games. Sure, there are a bunch of empty buildings around, and that is by no means a great thing, but I feel the people here embrace it as the city's aesthetic and character. It's part of the whole package.

I think the plans for construction will really attract further life down here once people realize how convenient and fun the area around the statiums is.

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