Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert has maintained that if he is going to build a parking garage in downtown Detroit, it is not going to be another drab, concrete structure. On Friday, Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services will unveil a project in collaboration with the Library Street Collective that the company said will make its “Z” development parking garage not just a place to stash cars, but a downtown Detroit a destination.This 535,000 square foot structure includes 10 floors, 1,300 parking spaces, 34,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and the work of 27 different mural artists from around the world. The painted murals are 130 feet wide. The Crain's article includes an amazing photo display of the murals. First time ever that I've thought: I can't wait to park here.
Friday, October 11, 2013
Detroit Destination: Anarcho-Z in The D
Earlier this year I posted about entrepreneur Dan Gilbert's parking structure project in Detroit - a privately-funded structure that has been designed to reflect Detroit's renaissance personality. Crain's Detroit has posted an updated story on "The Z" parking structure, so called because it zigzags between four streets - Broadway and Grand River, and Library and Gratiot. This is a great quote from MLive:
I am a CPA working in the healthcare industry by day, and an economist, writer, researcher, and blogger by any other time of the week. This blog will be about the uniqueness of the Detroit resurgence due to an inept and powerless local bureaucracy (government) that cannot possibly keep up with regulating the renaissance of entrepreneurial and community ventures. The lens through which I view things is very different from the mainstream, or even the scattered blogosphere. This will not be a standard "this is my life in Detroit" blog. Though, I will intersperse some of that stuff, along with my Detroit photography, to keep the blog varied and intellectually interesting.