My fear is they will build the arena, then the rest of the area will continue the same with nothing else to attract the fans or visitors. I FULLY hope the entire project happens and the downtown area, from Greektown to Foxtown to the New Arenatown are all connected and to walk to and from and or ride the train. I think they should SEROUSLY think about connecting Metro Airport with the downtown district via an elvated train. Can you imagine the flux of fans coming in from other cities to watch their teams play either the Wings, Lions and Tigers if they could just get off the plane and board a train that takes them right to the arena or the casino?!? Of course the casino idea would help if they went along with the ORIGINAL plan of having all three casinos near each other within walking distance...but we see how that worked out, so now you are forced to go to one at a time unless you want to drive to the others. But that would make too much sense, what am I talking about?
The arena is going to connect midtown and Detroit. Currently midtown has been the growth all before during and after the recession. Most people at the moment are complaining about rent being high, but thats the stoners who think burger king is a carrer job. The white collar and hipster folks are the ones who are enjoying the $1500 one bedroom apartment or $200KCondo/lofts in Midtown.