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Friday, September 30, 2011

Detroit Gondola?

I thought I had an original idea a couple of years ago, to have a Gondola (or zipline!) across the Detroit River to Windsor. I think something like that would facilitate new traffic (pedestrian) across the border and spur business on both sides. Windsor has a nice downtown, and I'm sure people living in downtown Detroit would appreciate being able to access more activities.

Turns out, it wasn't so original. Some guy named Niels Jorgensen had the idea years ago, and the DEGC put the kibosh on it (http://www.freep.com/article/20110925/BUSINESS06/109250420/DEGC-s-Jackson-development-man) . Now, I don't imagine it would have gotten to 3 m riders per year (at least not at first), but that doesn't mean it wouldn't have been great for the City. Jackson's goal is to make Detroit the coolest city in the Midwest...I think the gondola would have helped.