Community Comment is a segment on WXYZ TV-7.
When Detroiters voted overwhelmingly for
Stadiums and Casinos, we were not voting for Fun and Games,
were we? We were voting for the rebirth of our great City!
But one of the tough decisions that still must be made is what
our new downtown will look like. Will Detroit look like some
suburban mall? I question the view that progress must walk hand
in hand with demolition. I believe we should make every
intelligent attempt to find new uses for our beautiful old
I wish to speak specifically about the Hudsons building. We
have asked Mayor Archer to hold the demolition for a few more
months. To invite developers to make proposals on Hudsons
re-development. When the decision to tear down Hudsons was
made, even the Mayor could not anticipate the national excitement
over Detroits rebirth.
I say, save the 30 million Detroit tax dollars needed to tear
down Hudsons. Instead, let Washington DC send to Detroit
the millions of dollars in Historic Tax Credits that other smart
cities are getting that preserve their wonderful old buildings
like our Hudsons.
Small local businesses could put that 30 million dollars to far
better use than digging a hole in our city, and burying part of
Detroits history in it.
We say, Mr. Mayor, hold the Demolition. Hold hearings. If
proposals come forth, pursue them. If not. . . . then let the
wrecking ball swing.
James Turner, President of Preservation Wayne
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