Here is a follow up on my previous post. The proposed transit plan intends to connect major parts of downtown Detroit, including its baseball and football stadiums, local services such as hospitals and medical facilities, as well as Wayne State University. This system would provide opportunities for students, employees, and shoppers to travel to the supposedly blooming economic center of Detroit, while hopefully sprouting a few “business investment possibilities.”
How can you create a transit system for your “shoppers” if you don’t have anywhere for them to shop? Sure, it’s a great idea to make the city more accessible, but if you don’t have anything to offer them after they have made the trip…well, it’s a waste of time and money.
However, a public transit system can open the door to the people who want to come downtown every now and then, maybe for a baseball game (I wouldn’t count on any football games) or theatre. The easier it gets, the more money that goes in, and the more it can grow—eventually to the suburbs, and even to the airport. So which should come first, the chicken or the egg?
First of all, let’s get the chicken some proper nutrition before it starts laying its eggs.