You are here: Home » Blogs » Michael Martinez Ford reporter Email Subscribe to RSS June 19, 2018 @ 8:13 am Comments Email Bill Ford, speaking to Automotive News and Crain's Detroit Business, said, "I'm hoping that I have a little bit of a runway yet, and I certainly wouldn't like this to be my final act." Photo credit: JACOB LEWKOW Related Stories From Cork to Corktown: Depot builds on Ford's Irish roots » Ford plots future in a relic of Detroit's past » Transcript: Bill Ford on automaker's way forward in Detroit Ask Bill Ford if the company's purchase of the long-abandoned Michigan Central Station is his legacy, and he'll politely sidestep the question with a bit of morbid humor. "Don't put the shovel on me yet," he told Automotive News and Crain's Detroit Business in an interview last week. "I'm hoping that I have a little bit of a runway yet, and I certainly wouldn't like this to be my … [Read more...] about Why buying an old train station will be Bill Ford’s greatest act
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Dan Austin and JC Reindl Detroit Free Press Published 3:53 p.m. UTC Jun 11, 2018 Editor's note: This article originally published on Dec. 26, 2013. Exactly 100 years ago today, the first train pulled into Detroit's Michigan Central Station - the tallest train station in the world at the time and a proud, towering symbol of the city's progress. When travelers stepped off the train, they entered a building covered in fancy marble and hand-carved wood, soaring ceilings, intricate wrought-iron railings, gargantuan columns and famous Guastavino tile arches. Now, 25 years after the last train left, the still-standing station may be more recognizable than it was in its heyday. But old age has been brutal and downright cruel. Today, the station's fame is not of luxury, but of notoriety. Michigan Central Station is unquestionably one of the world's pre-eminent examples of urban ruin and spoiled grandeur. The station exists in a purgatory-like state as its owner, billionaire … [Read more...] about Archive: Once crown jewel, Detroit train station now symbol of ruin
MULTI-million pound plans to develop the former Waterside Train Station in Derry have been given the provisional council green light.The £27 million North West Transport Hub has been recommended for approval by Derry City & Strabane District Council, with a final decision on the proposals due to be made at Wednesday's planning committee meeting.The ambitious multi-million pound plans for a new multi-modal transport hub include the demolition of the existing station to make way for a new train terminus, bus stands, park-and-ride facility, passenger waiting area, retail units and community space. The project, which Translink states, sets a new standard in sustainable transport, has already secured significant European funding, and will support continued passenger growth including up to 1100 new local and cross border bus and connecting rail services.The proposals have been met with local opposition however, with over 1,400 people signing an online petition calling on planning … [Read more...] about Multi-million redevelopment of Derry train station set for council green light
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Could abandoned Detroit train station be Ford's millennials magnet? Detroit's derelict train station needs a deep-pocketed savior. Ford Motor Co. could benefit from a talent youthquake. Is this a match? Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 9 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press Published 6:01 a.m. ET March 24, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 9 COMMENT EMAIL MORE From trespassers to graffiti artists, Detroit's abandoned Michigan Central Station has always drawn lots of attention from young people. The question is whether the 105-year-old train station — one of … [Read more...] about Could abandoned Detroit train station be Ford’s millennials magnet?
There are few places in Detroit I detest more than the Michigan Central train station. The rotting hulk has scarred Detroit’s skyline for 30 years, standing as a tribute to the abandonment that nearly ruined this city. I’ve long argued that as long as this ghoulish edifice sits there empty and blighted, Detroit’s comeback will remain uncertain. It is by far the toughest redevelopment challenge. Bringing the train station down or bringing it back to life will be the signature event in the city’s turnaround, proof that this revival has reached the point of inevitability, and that from here on nothing is impossible. It will also signal Detroit has stopped clinging to its past, stopped revering the obsolete remainders of an era that will never return, and is focused instead on building a city that makes sense for its future. That’s why it is critical that the deal get done to sell the station to Ford Motor Co., which wants to rehabilitate it to house its … [Read more...] about Finley: Sell train station or tear it down