Yet another baseball icon may soon be history. The City of Detroit began demolition yesterday on the last remaining – and most historic – parts of Tiger Stadium. This in spite of the fact that the city had agreed to maintain the stadium until an appropriate adaptive reuse of the stadium or a viable new use of the site was in place. Neither has happened. With the city’s commencement of demolition, Detroit is moving towards having yet another vacant piece of land with no plans for redevelopment in place.
A court injunction is in place this weekend, stopping the demolition for a short time. To read the story – and find out how you can contact the City Council and Mayor’s Office in Detroit to oppose the demolition plans – visit PreservationNation’s blog.
Tiger Stadium was built in the same year as Fenway Park. While Boston figured out how to save its iconic ballpark and make it one of the most beloved places in America (except to Yankee fans), Detroit went with the allure of the new and now can’t even save one small piece of the city’s – and the nation’s – history. As one protester’s sign said earlier this week, what’s needed is “More Vision and Less Demolition.”
More to come…