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Quick Question: Did Ford Buy A Building This Week?

Bill Ford Jr. and Jim Hackett outside Ford’s new property in Detroit
Bill Ford Jr. and Jim Hackett outside Ford’s new property in Detroit
Photo: Carlos Osorio (AP)

Ford, like every automaker, is racing to develop autonomous driving technology and deploy a slate of electric vehicles. So, we’re told, it bought a building. Game changer, baby.

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We’ve noted in recent days the significance of the train station’s purchase, but damn, all this PR for the purchase of a building that Ford was, as the executive chairman put it, “prepared to walk away if it was the wrong deal.” I’d love to get this kind of goodwill for buying an old property at a low-cost and using public tax incentives to renovate it.

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nickexperience
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The irony of Ford buying an old train station in Detroit, where the auto industry destroyed all hope of a viable public transportation system for many decades, is not lost on me.