GM in Detroit: Rolling on the Riverwalk

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Blogger DetroitWonk points out GM's investment in the riverfront area around its Renaissance Center downtown, an act being somewhat spun as environmentally sensitive and socially inclusive — an effort to become better integrated into the downtown community. The company tore down a concrete berm separating the center, bunker-like, from the rest of downtown, and replaced it with trees, ivy, flower beds and, for those who see historic events as metaphor, grassy knolls.

GM may not have the most environmentally friendly cars, but at least they have a helluva backyard! [DetroitWonk]

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It sounds like the commentors criticizing this post aren't from the Detroit area and I am. So I'll shed some light on why this is a really bad idea. The biggest reason Detroit is in such a state of decay is the fact that it has always relied on the Big 3 for it's major source of jobs and income. Every time the Big 3 struggle and cut jobs, it just digs a deeper hole for the city. Now they are going to get into the real estate market instead of trying to fix their struggling core products?! That's just irresponsible. Not to mention the fact that there are already a boatload of luxury condos that have been built in Detroit in the past 5 years that aren't being sold. What?! GM building a bunch of product that doesn't sell? They would never do that.