The Motor City soars to new heights



Yesterday, it was announced that Dan Gilbert, owner of Quicken Loans will be constructing the tallest building in the State of Michigan on the site of the former Hudson’s Department store in downtown Detroit. The tower is proposed to contain 52 floors and reach 734 feet into the sky.

For those of you who wrote of the Motor City years ago, this magnificent project is the culmination of years of hard work in Detroit to turn the narrative from negative to positive. Some of these have been enumerated here on Panethos, but not nearly all of them.


Shinola Hotel – Source:

Other more recent projects include the Little Caesars Arena (under construction), the M-1 Q-line Light Rail (under construction), refurbishing and reopening Belle Isle as a state park, the development of a Shinola Hotel (under construction), an indoor cycling velodrome, numerous building renovations that are completed, underway, or proposed; several thousand housing units in various stages of development in downtown and midtown; a newly opened second Meijer store in the city limits; Microsoft opening offices in downtown; and development of a tiny house community in the city.

Metropolitan Building - Source:

Metropolitan Building being renovated into the Element Detroit Hotel  – Source:

Are improvements still needed in the city? Of course, but you have to start somewhere. Congratulations to everyone in Detroit on a job well done and best wishes on your continued efforts. Namaste!

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