This article gives a good briefing of what is going on in Southwest Detroit but it fails to speak to the soul of the people. In this deal proposed by the billion dollar Moroun family want a property swap so that they can build an additional bridge span between the United States and Canada. What I failed to realize is that they are proposing what would be a third bridge span. Why that seems necessary…I am sure money is the root of it all. The Moroun family has a reputation in the city for not maintaining the many properties it owns and not paying property taxes. They also own the Ambassador Bridge. The existing bridge span we all see today. Then in recent years Canada wanted a piece of the pie and got approval to build an additional bridge span, dubbed the “Gordie Howe Bridge.” Now the Moruon’s see that their profits are about to be cut and want to build an entirely new bridge instead of making the necessary repairs and maintenance to the one they already own.
The vocal and vibrant Southwest Detroit community came out in droves this week to voice their concerns. Nearly each of them acknowledging the already poor air quality conditions and what increased traffic would mean for them in their children. While they are very much behind the idea of an additional park in the community and a chance to gain access to the waterfront, they do not believe it should be gained in a manner that further worsens their health. Industry and public health clash and hopefully humanity wins.