All these same things were said when Ford Field/Comerica opened 14 years ago. The white suburbanites will go down to Detroit to see a game, then return to the suburbs to live, dine, work, attend school, etc. Without getting too political, it isn't about getting a few people down to visit, it's about rebuilding from the neighborhoods up, not the other way around. I really hope this helps to revitalize the city, but I'll believe it when I see it.
I just see the Joe along the same lines as the Silverdome. It wasn't like Olympia or Tiger Stadium in that it was around for generations or had that iconic character. The stadiums nowadays seem to be disposable. Joe Louis opened it 1979? It isn't even 40 years old. I love the teams that played there, but the building itself did nothing for me.