His love for the Tigers and Wings moved him to spend a lot of money to improve each franchise.
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.
and his company controls a huge area. We have to fit it into their plan for the city.
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.
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.