Another reason that Detroit should be the studio/capstone class for any urban planning program.
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Even though Belle Isle is in need of a sprucing up, I can imagine the cost of upkeep is still very high. So there is the constant back and forth arguing over whether or not to charge admission to the park (or a toll for the bridge) and whether that will price people out or dramatically reduce utilization.
If you're interested, go ahead and take a peek at the recreation budget for Detroit. Belle Isle Operations account for about 1 million out of 19 million. Although in fairness to my naivety, I feel like I'm missing something in my reading of the Recreation "budget".
It's a park...parks belong to the people...It's part of being a civilized society...don't charge.
It is, however, just another example of the great things Detroit has going for it. Just think, Detroit has an island park bigger than Central Park...yea...I didn't realize that either. The potential is amazing and there is no shortage of ideas. But it sits, in more or less the same state it has been in for years. Aging.
The gem on the gem is the Conservatory. An interesting building indeed. I don't know if it's beautiful, or just art deco, or what. The lighting wasn't perfect on Saturday, but I created this from a few pictures I took on Saturday. Pretty cool, eh?
Obviously, this Detroit stuff is occupying my mind, and it's a GREAT thing to be talking about. I want to point out a great response to last weeks post. Check out the comment by Matt. Spot on. Kudos.