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How could a public arts program benefit the Michigan Central development? Share your ideas on what types of arts opportunities would be impactful.
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How could Michigan Central best honor neighborhood history and support the culture and legacy of local residents?

There should be a docent / historian available for MCS tours, once everything is completed -- I might volunteer! Or, Detroit Historical Society and / or The Henry Ford could get involved.

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What kinds of outdoor spaces do you enjoy? What kinds of activities or experiences would you like to see in the open spaces around Michigan Central?

Big green space. Ability to bike to downtown. Art museum . Ball games.

Detroit's new Southwest Greenway will link Michigan Central Station (MCS) with the Detroit RiverWalk, via the long-trackless May Creek right-of-way once utilized by Michigan Central Railroad (1848-1972).... Read more...

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What types of new businesses & amenities would add value to the Michigan Central development? What uses do you feel are missing from the neighborhood?

Comfort food. 1950 bar.

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How could a public arts program benefit the Michigan Central development? Share your ideas on what types of arts opportunities would be impactful.

Saturday market. Local artists shows.

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How can Michigan Central enhance neighborhood mobility? What opportunities do you see for creating better access to the things you need most?

Streetcar.

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How could Michigan Central best honor neighborhood history and support the culture and legacy of local residents?

Hire them.

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As the viaduct is reconstructed, what could bring a sense of community to this space?

Streetcar to Corktown and Downtown.

With a few changes, the M-1 RAIL tracks surrounding Campus Martius Park could form a circular, counter-clockwise hub, for streetcars fanning outward from downtown in several additional directions (East... Read more...

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As Michigan Central begins to take shape, what would you like us to know? Share your ideas and insights for a successful process and outcome.

Keep space for trains to Canada!!

Return Amtrak to Michigan Central members favor reviving rail passenger service at Ford Motor Company's landmark Michigan Central Station (MCS), currently undergoing renovation in Detroit MI. Amtrak's... Read more...

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What kinds of outdoor spaces do you enjoy? What kinds of activities or experiences would you like to see in the open spaces around Michigan Central?

Extend the streetcar from Downtown!! Trains to Chicago and Toronto!!

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How can Michigan Central enhance neighborhood mobility? What opportunities do you see for creating better access to the things you need most?

I think a streetcar line should be built to connect Michigan Central to Downtown Detroit. Besides greatly enhancing resident's mobility to downtown, it give the neighborhood a direct connection to Wayne... Read more...

With a few changes, the M-1 RAIL tracks surrounding Campus Martius Park could form a circular, counter-clockwise hub, for streetcars fanning outward from downtown in several additional directions (East... Read more...

Ford's proposed park ("The Triangle"), to be located on the site of the one-time MCS streetcar / interurban terminal, denies most of the utility of the landmark's East Entrance and its adjacent six-shaft... Read more...

We appreciate your ideas on light rail Lawrence, and we agree that neighborhood connectivity and increased transit options for our community are needed. Improving access to important resources and locations,... Read more...

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How could Michigan Central best honor neighborhood history and support the culture and legacy of local residents?

I think the building Ford is calling "The Book Depository" should be named after it's architect, Albert Kahn, instead. It was originally designed as a sorting center for mail coming off the trains and... Read more...

Thanks for your input, Lawrence - plans are underway for re-naming this building prior to its completion this summer, stay tuned for information on the opening of this new Michigan Central venue.

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How could Michigan Central best honor neighborhood history and support the culture and legacy of local residents?

Ford's current title for the adaptively re-used "Book Depository" constitutes negative branding. If the name doesn't bring up memories of the homeless man frozen in a flooded elevator shaft in 2009, it... Read more...

Michigan Central Book Depository History mirrors that of neighboring Michigan Central Station (MCS) and the surrounding Detroit area.<br>Designed by Detroit architect Albert Kahn, the Art Deco landmark... Read more...

Almost 50 years ago, I was one of the 353 entrants in the "Name the Ford Development Contest" who recommended the name "Renaissance Center". I hope Ford will adopt another "better idea", before the "Depository"... Read more...

Hi Peter, thanks for your perspective. We are aware of the history and associations with the building name. A new name will accompany the building’s official opening this summer. Stay tuned for future... Read more...

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What types of new businesses & amenities would add value to the Michigan Central development? What uses do you feel are missing from the neighborhood?

Art and Architecture Design Studios. Spaces for creative architects, designers, artists, Cancer another illnesses groups, displaced individuals, legal recent immigrants to support each other and reattribute... Read more...

Hi Donn, we appreciate your thoughtful feedback! We share your vision for community impact - through public art, community-led programming, space for entrepreneurs, makers and local businesses, studios... Read more...

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How could Michigan Central best honor neighborhood history and support the culture and legacy of local residents?

Using the rear of the building as a public train station for high speed rail

Return Amtrak to Michigan Central members favor reviving rail passenger service at Ford Motor Company's landmark Michigan Central Station (MCS), currently undergoing renovation in Detroit MI. The attached... Read more...

The attached map shows how Ford Motor Company's Michigan Central Station (MCS) could serve as a regional, inter-city, and high-speed-rail (HSR) transit hub. For more information, click on the attached... Read more...

Amtrak's announced plans (since congressional approval of the bipartisan infrastructure bill) include a new Chicago / Detroit / Windsor / Toronto WOLVERINE section, which will make its Detroit stop at... Read more...

Thanks for your feedback Nathan, how often would you use high-speed rail and where would you travel? While there are no active plans for high-speed rail at this time, we are open to accommodating passenger... Read more...

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What kinds of outdoor spaces do you enjoy? What kinds of activities or experiences would you like to see in the open spaces around Michigan Central?

Michigan Central was built where it was because of the rail tunnel to Canada. Amtrak wants to establish service from Chicago through Detroit to Toronto. MC Station was built to be a train station, and... Read more...

Thanks for your insights, Todd. Although there are no current/active plans for implementing passenger rail at the station, we are open to accommodating future plans as they take shape. Where would you... Read more...

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