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Quicken Buys Chase Tower

Quicken Loans has completed their purchase of the Chase Tower and nearby parking deck Two Detroit Center. This announcement puts them right in the middle of Detroit’s Financial District and will reinforce the already popular Campus Martius area. Quicken Loans...

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Cobo Hall Renovation Announced

Plans were recently unveiled for a $221 million facelift for Cobo Hall. Cobo Hall hasn’t been renovated since the late 1980’s since it was constructed in 1960.  This marks the first major renovation since a regional authority took over control from the...

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Spirit of Detroit Photographic Competition

WAN Think Tank and Buro Happold recently held on online photographic competition.  The competition is over but the Facebook page continues to live on for everyone to upload their photos capturing the Spirit of Detroit. Congratulations to the winners, Shawn Lee, Jon...

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David Whitney Building

This past week another building renovation project was announced:  The David Whitney Building. This architectural gem sits at the north end of Washington Boulevard on the Grand Circus Park.  It was designed by Daniel Burnham and featured an elegant 4-story atrium at...

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Michigan State Fair

Almost a year ago, I visited the Michigan State Fair for what was to be its last season.  The Michigan State Fair was the longest running in the United States spanning over 160 years, surviving the depression, until budget cuts forced its closure in 2010. I took a few...

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Latest Comments

  • Joey commented on GM Renaissance Center:
    Connie, please see the below link on YouTube. It shows the orange color displayed at the same time as their Chevrolet logo, which makes sense as they used orange in... Keep Reading


  • Joey commented on GM Renaissance Center:
    Connie I assume you are referring to the LED display rings around the top of the towers. The colors represent a function or event that is relevant for GM or... Keep Reading


  • Anthony Tucker commented on Unbuilt Detroit:
    Actually the 2d Book Tower was slated to be EIGHTY-ONE storeys,not just 70,according to an old postcard of Detroit I had which shows a colored rendering of the collosal building!!... Keep Reading


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