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Progress, Motown style

The hole-y Campus Martius development languishes


Published 10/18/2000

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Metro Times proofreader Dennis Shea has been watching the astounding progress being made in creating that giant hole formally known as Campus Martius. Biking past the site in the heart of downtown on his way to and from MT's world headquarters in Greektown, Shea recently observed that the one noticeable sign of progress has been the removal of about 50 or so trees that once provided shade and a pleasant touch of green to the otherwise concrete, brick and asphalt landscape.

At about the same time Shea was contemplating the arborcide, local media were reporting that design changes (a euphemism for nosediving stock prices at Compuware, the company committed to replacing the giant hole with an office project) were causing a yearlong delay in the project's completion.

Always eager to look on the bright side of an issue, the upbeat Shea pointed out the good news: There is now absolutely no chance of any Devil's Night activity occurring at a site that has zero trees as well as no buildings.

Dennis Shea is the Metro Times proofreader. E-mail

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