Mike Illitch, owner of the Red Wings, died today at 87. *
by dentonfreeman (2017-02-10 20:21:44)
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Very sad. Just a giant in the Detroit community.
by ndwineaux  (2017-02-10 20:49:46)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

His love for the Tigers and Wings moved him to spend a lot of money to improve each franchise.
RIP.


And he put a lot of money into downtown Detroit
by sprack  (2017-02-11 16:03:05)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

IIRC it was he who funded the Fox Theater renovation.

Seemed like a good guy, though I've never once eaten a Little Caesar's pizza.


We are trying to buy land in Detroit for a grocery store
by 1978Irish  (2017-02-12 14:27:37)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

and his company controls a huge area. We have to fit it into their plan for the city.


Isn't there like one big grocery story in all of the city of
by sprack  (2017-02-13 11:47:31)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

Detroit, outside of downtown?

It's a Whole Foods, if I'm not mistaken.

I hope you succeed. That big grocery chains don't locate in inner cities is awful. And the crazy part of it is that there's money to be made. McDonald's knew that 40 years ago and is often the biggest employer in inner city neighborhoods.


He was a massive net benefactor to the city
by captaineclectic  (2017-02-12 15:24:33)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post

but he wasn't an unmixed figure. He bought lots of land around land he wanted to control and let it lie fallow, driving down prices but also contributing to urban blight.

In his mind, this was justified in the name of the greater good he was trying to achieve, and he had some kind of argument. But definitely some little guys got crushed along the way.


He paid Rosa Parks's rent for over 10 years. *
by captaineclectic  (2017-02-11 16:31:16)     cannot delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


He's an example of what an owner should be *
by BIGSKYND  (2017-02-12 10:58:34)     Delete  |  Edit  |  Return to Board  |  Ignore Poster   |   Highlight Poster  |   Reply to Post


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