Lawrence Sobczak

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Commented on Michigan Central 5 months, 2 weeks ago
The left side of Michigan Central was designed to receive streetcars. That would be the logical stop.
Commented on Michigan Central 5 months, 2 weeks ago
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 State University, the Detroit Medical Center, the VA Hospital, the Cultural Center, Tech Town and the New Center Area via the Q-Line streetcar line. Possibly this could be just an extension of the existing Q-Line.
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Commented on Michigan Central 5 months, 2 weeks ago
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 was later readapted into a book depository.
Supported a comment by Peter Dudley on Michigan Central 5 months, 2 weeks ago
Peter Dudley
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 recalls what happened at the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas TX in 1963. In addition to being non-reflective of the structure's new purpose, the name isn't even historically accurate. Until it caught fire in March 1987, the building's official name was Detroit Public Schools Roosevelt Warehouse. I recommend re-naming it after the landmark's architect. The "Architect of Detroit" had a way with innovation in his own time: The Albert Kahn Building.