Dan Austin: Michigan Central Station's future has neither a will or a way
So what on earth are we to do with Detroit's beat-up old train station? As Michigan Central Station turns 100 years old today, we look back at this landmark's storied past.
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#1 Dec 27, 2013
just let the local citizens loot it haul it away for salvage.
My Great Uncle Harry Doerr had a wonderfu successful blacksmith shop on Lexington ave in Lousiville KY from 1885 to 1935.
employed about 20 people shoeing horses, fixing wagon wheels repairing and painting wagons.
Henry the horse under the direction of my dad who was 12 years old used to move the repaired wagons from the front shop to the back paint shop for final touches.
things were going great until the horseless wagon came along, city & state started paving streets for the new mode of transportation gas stations slowly appeared here and there.
Then before you know it folks was buying trucks and cars and parking the horses.
Oh you still needed a horse to pull a car or truck out of the mud sometimes when it rained but the horse was retired to the farm.
After WW2 America made a collective decision that we want cars a first class highway system complete with gas stations hamburger stands
Thanks to the vision and hard work of Eisenhower.
the train like the blacksmith shop got left behind to be ruined by union feather bedding work rules & high cost of Track maintenance & high equipment replacement cost.
Now the union morons we hire now to run trains fall asleep and crash the trains at 80 MPH as in NYC NY or run into another train or Bus while texting as is the case three times this year with the Boston MBTA transit system.
So much for highly trained professional? over paid RR union people not even smart enough to stay awake while driving a train.
We did end up with the best highway system in da world we can drive 3.127 miles east and west without a map if you remember your 5th geography lessons an which states are next to the one your in now.
So you can do what Philly PA did and turn your unused train station into a tourist market place with lots of food and stuff or turn it into museum to the glory days of the rail road.
For those of you who have never taken a d train ride or in the case of Detroit citizens, high jacked a train, there are really great train rides across America and southern Canada through the rocky mountains if you have three or four days to spend its It's beautiful to see.
America is a great big country with interesting sights to see and after you see the rest of what is west of Chicago you won't want to return to Detroit..
or you could pave the station over and make it a parking lot destination for tourist. Do you actually get tourist in Detroit?
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