May 8th, 2013 at 12:52 PM ^

...if I could. Hopefully the organizers figure out how to make street style mean what it says rather than the typcial antiseptic version offered by other venues.


May 8th, 2013 at 12:52 PM ^

What a poseur in the Focus ST.  My boss did the same thing on the rooftop of Cobo years ago, only his adventure ended with slamming the prototype Corvette into a light pole.  It was awesome because he lost driving privileges so after that I got to drive all the cool cars while he road shotgun.  


May 8th, 2013 at 3:08 PM ^

"LOOK AT ALL THIS ABANDONDED SHIT YOU CAN JUMP OFF OF AND STUFF!"  Detroit has finally found an event that it is perfect for, besides apocalyptic training drills.  Also... they might want to NOT advertise that "May is Drinking Water Month in Detroit!".  It sounds kind of... third world.


May 8th, 2013 at 3:25 PM ^

On my way downtown for a meeting last month, they had some of the very banners in the video draped across the caging for the walkways above the Lodge (one was near Warren, another near Selden) and a few up and down I-94. 

That was a great video with some good shots of the city - I really did like the opening pan of the bridge with downtown as the backdrop. 

Thanks for sharing that. 


May 8th, 2013 at 5:44 PM ^

One of the two guys who started the bid and are heading it is a friend of mine, really into the revitalization of Detroit and he's really excited about this. They've done some awesome work.

They're trying to build a social media following to be able to show ESPN and co. that there's a lot of interest from Detroiters and others, so if you're on social media give their account a like or a follow


May 8th, 2013 at 7:02 PM ^

...this isn't your fault, but can we put to rest the usage of the word "revitalization" when we talk about these sorts of things (X Games, Gilbertville, etc.)?

Detroit is, and always will be, its own city that will NEVER be how it once was.  It will never be the third-largest city in the country, nor will it roar with hyperactivity like it did in the 1950's.  The era has passed. And that's completely fine.  

But when I think of revitalization, I think of the massive disparities that are inherent in any urban core (education, literacy, poverty, crime, etc.) and an eventual dismantling of said disparities.  And while I applaud these two guys doing their part, this will do virtually nothing to break down the macroeconomic conditions that allow such things to be perpetuated.

It will bring excitement to Detroit, sure.  But let's call it like it is: it's just the X Games, and it'll have just as much effect on "revitalization" as Tigers games or a Monday Night Football matchup will provide.