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What to Do with the Train Station

Love or hate it, but everyone in Detroit knows the Michigan Central Station. The New York Times takes a stab at explaining this love/hate relationship and the building's possibilities.

I love it. And a little birdie told me today that there is hope for it -- it just needs a tenant for the larger, main tower in the back. (There have been half a dozen starts and stops with potential tenants; none have come to fruition.) And then the owners would go forward with its rebirth. We'll see.

Let me know your opinions. I kind of like Phillip Cooley's idea (the guy behind Slows Bar BQ):

Cooley, a restaurant owner who lives across a park from the station, estimates that about 30 sightseers a day show up at its locked gate, cameras raised. He calls the building “an education.”

“A building like that would not be allowed to deteriorate that way and remain standing in any other city,” said Mr. Cooley, who spends some of his free time around the station with neighbors cleaning up and planting grass. “It shows our postindustrial landscape: how nature takes over, what abandonment looks like. There's a lot to be learned from its current state. It needs to be a public space again.”

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