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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Harnessing Super Bowl XL's Energy

The Michigan media is reporting that now that visitors have left, regional and state leaders have turned their attention to harnessing momentum generated by Super Bowl XL and using it to turn around downtown Detroit and Michigan as a whole. The same challenges exist: lack of adequate public transportation & urban blight in Detroit and budget problems & lack of jobs everywhere.

One suggested strategy is to seek out more convention business, including one of the 2008 Presidential nominating conventions. However, as the Freep's Tom Walsh points out "That's not a sustainable year-round business model, except maybe for Las Vegas." Another is to revive the concept of a business improvement district (BID) to fund sidewalk and street cleaning, new landscaping, graffiti removal and roving ambassadors by taxing properties in a district based on assessed valuation. BIDs are allowed under Michigan law.

# posted by farlane @ 9:19 AM
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