Packard Plant

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Hey, how is the renovation of the historic Packard property going ?

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Oh. I see it is still a hulking pile of shit which would have been condemned in any civilized society.

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Hey, well at least the owner paid for some “no trespassing” signs “for the safety of the community”.

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Pretty disappointing, considering all the big talk from the loon who bought this mess – we should have been drinking Starbucks coffees in the cafe that he was talking about building in the overpass above Grand Boulevard by now. Instead, he wrapped the bridge with a picture of the bridge that makes it look repaired. And you can’t go up and drink coffee in there, I tried.

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If the City of Detroit had a spirit animal, it would be the Packard Plant. I know that doesn’t make sense, but it does. Packard is emblematic of Detroit’s seeming inability to pull it’s head out of it’s own ass in any meaningful, sustainable way. I know, I know…it’s trying again – really hard – as we speak. I got my fingers crossed too.

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While you are waiting for the grand opening of the new Packard Plant Cultural Center and Starbucks Coffee shop and other developments, you can stay here at the charming Packard Motel.