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Goggle Maps Ad: Detroit Edition

Google Maps | Video Still Picture

Google Maps | Video Still Picture

By Jeffrey Buck

Google Maps is reinventing itself… and they are showing off the new mobile phone app. If you haven’t already, check out their Detroit themed video advertisement below which showcases many of Detroit’s “things to do.”

You can also request an invite to the new Google Maps for your desktop by clicking here.

Here are a few of the places showcased in the video:

LJ’s Lounge

Comerica Park

Saint Andrews Hall

Lafayette Coney Island

Greektown

The App is now available on both iPhone and android phones, as well as their tablets.

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David Broderick Tower Preview Photos

Woodward Spine © 2011

By Jeffrey Buck

I attended the Broderick Tower Open House this afternoon. The building is not finished yet but visitors were allowed to travel to several floors to see views, layouts and the current progress on the building. I have uploaded numerous pictures to our Broderick Tower Facebook photo album. The album can be viewed by following the link below:

David Broderick Tower Photo Gallery

I should have more information this week. The event as of three o’clock had over 500 visitors and several deposits were being put down on numerous units.

SPACE

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You’re a good man, Justin Verlander

By Young V

Last week, a certain high profile MLB pitcher decided he was going to do something special for a cupla Tiger fans via the Twitter account he uses sporadically to host contests, pique our interest for upcoming media appearances and for the occasional #union shout out.

But the contest Justin Verlander announced Friday was different. This time, Big JV was giving away a pair of *PLAYOFF* tickets to one of his followers for ANY GAME OF THEIR CHOOSING. All he asked was that those interested use the #tigersALDS hashtag and “do something creative” to explain why they deserved them. In >140 characters, of course (A twitter rule).

Because the stakes were super high and money to buy such highly coveted seats is currently scarce in Detroit (tix for last night’s game were selling for more than three times face value), JV’s offer elicited quite a response. And people got pretty creative.

For example, our own writer, @jsbuck, attempted to get creative with it– he told JV he was worthy of the pair because he’d take his dad who [tear] had to leave in the 8th inning for work during a playoff game in ’06.

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Quotables – Kid Rock

“I think what I’ve learned out of this lifetime is you should be proud of where you come from.” – KID ROCK

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Photo Opportunities

By Jeffrey Buck

If you haven’t heard by now this past month the “World’s Largest Stove” located at the Michigan State Fair Grounds was struck by lighting and destroyed. As an icon that has been a part of Detroit for over a hundred years, it’s hard to believe it can just disappear that quickly with no warning. Here are some quick facts about the former landmark:

  • The stove was first showcased at the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893
  • Stove manufacturing was a large industry in Detroit before the automobile
  • The stove was built by the Michigan Stove company
  • The stove stood 25-foot tall
  • It was displayed in many places before being moved in 1998 to its current spot
  • It was built and painted to look like an antique coal/wood burning stove

There are no plans or news as to what will become of what’s left or if it will be rebuilt. I hope that a few wealthy Detroit donors will step up to the plate and have the stove rebuilt to it’s original specifications. The only thing I hope changes is the location. The State Fair has not operated since 2009 and access to the stove is very limited to area residents and visitors. it would make much more sense for the Stove to find a new home where all can enjoy and snap pictures. In my eyes the ideal space for it would be in front of the DIA in either the north or south lawns facing Woodward. An alternative spot would be incorporated into the new Hart Plaza.

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Comerica Park beginning to show age but still shines

By Jeffrey Buck

Woodward Spine © 2011

Comerica Park opened its doors in April 2000. It was a visual masterpiece with a touch of Tiger charm from its unobstructed views to the large tiger head lights surrounding the outer perimeter of the park. As the years have ticked away, season after season, the park has slowly transformed. Seats in certain sections have been replaced, outfield walls brought in, bullpens relocated, LED boards added and restaurants swapped. Mike Ilitch has done a decent job of keeping the stadium feeling fresh for a fan experience one won’t forget.

However, these changes have only been a few of what overall needs to be changed. After recently visiting the homes of the San Francisco Giants and the Baltimore Orioles I’ve come up with a list of the top five things that the Detroit Tigers front office needs to address regarding Comerica Park. Continue reading

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Broderick Tower sees new life

By Jeffrey Buck

I can’t even begin to think of how many times we’ve been told that the Broderick Tower was slated for renovation. Each year an article in one of the newspapers, or a press conference or new sign hung on the building would explain details that would eventually never amount to anything more than broken dreams.

Well, then what’s different about this go ’round? They are actually following through.

Rather than only erecting scaffolding and attaching new flashy adverts, the Whales Building as it has come to be known by many has been gutted and work inside and out is in full swing. The Broderick Tower is finally getting its day in the spotlight as a mixed use building to house a new wave of Detroiters who could play a key role in bringing back a city that has been weighed down by bad press for decades.

Downtown anchors Quicken Loans, Compuware, DTE Energy and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, are offering employees an incentive package to relocate closer to work with Live Downtown which carries benefits that mirror its sister program in Midtown. Several things need to be addressed before Detroit can get back on its feet–including the school system–but procuring and retaining residents is a key issue (especially in light of the Census 2010 numbers). This wave of young professionals could do wonders for the downtown area in terms of spurring growth for retail and dinning establishments. Continue reading

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