detroit red wings http://michiganradio.org en Riverfront site of Joe Louis Arena may see an overhaul http://michiganradio.org/post/riverfront-site-joe-louis-arena-may-see-overhaul <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that the Detroit Red Wings are going to get a new home in 2016, Joe Louis Arena seems destined for the wrecking ball.&nbsp;</span></p><p>And that is focusing fresh attention on Detroit's riverfront, as the city searches for a new use for that riverfront site.&nbsp;</p><p>There could be some valuable lessons Detroit could learn from Buffalo, which is doing more than just about any Great Lakes City to reconnect with its waterfront after generations of industrial abuse and neglect.&nbsp;</p><p>Writer Edward McClelland&nbsp;spelled out the story of the ongoing process of reclaiming Buffalo's waterfront in <a href="http://beltmag.com/remaking-buffalos-waterfront-lessons-rest-rust-belt/">a story for Belt Magazine</a>. He joined us to discuss what Buffalo is doing, and what Detroit could do.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 19:37:51 +0000 Stateside Staff 17493 at http://michiganradio.org Riverfront site of Joe Louis Arena may see an overhaul "The Joe's" days as the home of the Detroit Red Wings are numbered http://michiganradio.org/post/joes-days-home-detroit-red-wings-are-numbered <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the past 35 years, "</span>Hockeytown<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" in Detroit has meant the on Detroit's Riverfront.&nbsp; But " The Joe's" days as the home of the Detroit Red Wings are numbered.</span></p><p><br />The Wings are headed north to the Cass Corridor area between downtown at Midtown.</p><p>A new $450-million, 18,000 seat arena is on the way for Wings owner Mike Ilitch,&nbsp; perhaps as early as the 2016-2017 season.<br /><br />And what's drawing fire from critics like my next guest is the fact that the stadium deal has the public covering nearly 60% of the sticker price the Ilitches will get all the revenues from the new stadium, and the whole deal was unveiled publicly the week after Detroit declared bankruptcy.<br /><br /><a href="http://nextcity.org/daily/author/10414" target="_blank">Bill Bradley</a> is a columnist at Next City, where he covers economic development in cities. He dug into the new Wings arena in a piece for nextcity.org. It's title? "<a href="https://nextcity.org/forefront/view/red-wings-stadium-upset-subsidies-arena-taxpayers" target="_blank">Red Wings Stadium Upset! Why Taxpayers are Losing--Again--in Detroit</a>."</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:02:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 17170 at http://michiganradio.org "The Joe's" days as the home of the Detroit Red Wings are numbered Detroit City Council approves lease deal that closes the book on Joe Louis Arena http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-city-council-approves-lease-deal-closes-book-joe-louis-arena <p>With a 5-4 vote, the Detroit City Council has <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140331/METRO01/303310079/Detroit-City-Council-narrowly-approves-new-arena-lease-deal">narrowly approved a controversial lease deal</a> for the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.</p><p>The lease is retroactive to 2010, and runs through 2015. It has five one-year extension options.</p><p>The deal will cover the Wings’ remaining playing days at the Joe. The city has already cleared the way for the team’s owners to build a new, $450-million arena complex elsewhere in Detroit.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17052 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit City Council approves lease deal that closes the book on Joe Louis Arena The Ilitch family seeks a monopoly on the backs of taxpayers http://michiganradio.org/post/ilitch-family-seeks-monopoly-backs-taxpayers <p>I’ve talked before about the sweetheart deal that the city of Detroit gave Mike Ilitch in connection with the new hockey stadium and entertainment complex being built in downtown Detroit.</p><p>The city is giving Ilitch’s Olympia Entertainment all the land they need, absolutely free. The taxpayers are also kicking in most of the cost of the project.</p><p>In return, the city gets nothing – not one dime of the parking or pizza or ticket sales revenue.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:25:26 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17038 at http://michiganradio.org The Ilitch family seeks a monopoly on the backs of taxpayers Lease proposal: Joe Louis Arena to be darkened, demolished after Red Wings leave http://michiganradio.org/post/lease-proposal-joe-louis-arena-be-darkened-demolished-after-red-wings-leave <p>The Detroit Red Wings’ owners will keep renting Joe Louis arena through at least 2015, according to a proposed lease presented to the Detroit City Council Tuesday.</p><p>City officials have already cleared the way for the Red Wings’ owners, Mike and Marian Ilitch, to build a new arena complex for the hockey team.</p><p>But the question remains about what to do with Joe Louis Arena, which the city of Detroit owns. Right now, the two sides are retroactively negotiating a lease agreement that expired in 2010.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16892 at http://michiganradio.org Lease proposal: Joe Louis Arena to be darkened, demolished after Red Wings leave How much will Detroit get from new Detroit Red Wings arena? Nothing. http://michiganradio.org/post/how-much-will-detroit-get-new-detroit-red-wings-arena-nothing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We still don’t know how Detroit’s bankruptcy is going to play out. We don’t know how much pensions will finally be cut. We don’t know whether the state will kick in the funds needed to save the collections of the Detroit Institute of Arts.</span></p><p>But we do know two things.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the end, a lot of people – pensioners – who don’t have much money now will have even less.</span></p><p>And we also know this: Bankrupt, poor Detroit and the state are going to spend more than $250 million to build a new hockey and entertainment arena for Mike Ilitch, who owns the Detroit Red Wings.</p><p>That’s more than half the entire cost of the project.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is the second arena the city has helped build for the Red Wings. The team now plays in Joe Louis Arena, which was built 35 years ago.</span></p><p>They give a small cut of their proceeds to the city – about $7 million a year for Detroit, but once the new arena is finished, know how much the taxpayers will get?&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nothing.</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:27:57 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16680 at http://michiganradio.org How much will Detroit get from new Detroit Red Wings arena? Nothing. Red Wings' Zetterberg sidelined by surgery http://michiganradio.org/post/red-wings-zetterberg-sidelined-surgery <p>Detroit Red Wings captain&nbsp;Henrik Zetterberg&nbsp;played one game as captain of Team Sweden a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t the Winter Olympics in&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sochi</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">before having to be flown to New York City for a surgery on his back. The injury could keep him out of action for the season.</span></p><p>The Red Wings addressed the surgery in a <a href="http://redwings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=705912">press release</a> today.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:03:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16552 at http://michiganradio.org Red Wings' Zetterberg sidelined by surgery Detroit gets a new sports and entertainment district, but not without controversy http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-gets-new-sports-and-entertainment-district-not-without-controversy <p>The Detroit City Council has approved a major land deal to create a new hockey arena and entertainment district.</p><p>The Council<a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140204/NEWS01/302040024/Detroit-council-votes-today-on-arena-deal-Ilitches-to-get-land-for-1"> transferred all city-owned land within the 45-block entertainment district’s borders</a> to Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority Tuesday – for just $1.</p><p>That Authority will manage the mega-development, along with Olympia Development of Michigan.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16308 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit gets a new sports and entertainment district, but not without controversy Former Red Wing star Darren McCarty pulls no punches in new book http://michiganradio.org/post/former-red-wing-star-darren-mccarty-pulls-no-punches-new-book <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He calls himself a "hockey rock star" – and he's earned the right to do just that.</span></p><p>Whether it was his 15 seasons as an NHL enforcer, the four Stanley Cups he won with the Red Wings, the legendary "<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7DlAjrhm9s">Fight Night at the Joe</a>" when he took down Claude Lemieux of the Avalanche, or his rock band "Grinder," Darren McCarty has played hard and lived hard, coping with family issues and addiction even as he skated to NHL stardom wearing &nbsp;No 25.</p><p>He tells his story in an autobiography called "My Last Fight: The True Story of a Hockey Rock Star," written with the help of journalist Kevin Allen.</p><p>And, just like Darren on the ice, this book pulls no punches.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:59:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 16196 at http://michiganradio.org Former Red Wing star Darren McCarty pulls no punches in new book Federal agents also scored big at NHL Winter Classic http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-agents-also-scored-big-nhl-winter-classic <p>This week’s big National Hockey League game at the Big House in Ann Arbor drew a big crowd.<br /><br />Federal officials announced today the game also drew a few crooks.<br /><br />The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations division says it usually sees an uptick in counterfeit sports merchandise during big events like the NHL’s Winter Classic.<br /> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 21:54:33 +0000 Steve Carmody 15866 at http://michiganradio.org Federal agents also scored big at NHL Winter Classic Hockey fans invade Detroit, gear up for NHL Winter Classic http://michiganradio.org/post/hockey-fans-invade-detroit-gear-nhl-winter-classic <p>Downtown Detroit is alive with the sounds and smells of outdoor hockey right now, as the city enters the fifth and final day of the Hockeytown Winter Festival.</p><p>And those festivities are just a prelude to the big event in Ann Arbor — the 6th annual NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium on New Year’s Day.</p><p>That outdoor game will feature two of the NHL’s Original Six teams, the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The game alone is expected to draw well over 100,000 fans to the Big House.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15848 at http://michiganradio.org Hockey fans invade Detroit, gear up for NHL Winter Classic Proposed new Red Wings arena, entertainment district clear more hurdles http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-new-red-wings-arena-entertainment-district-clear-more-hurdles <p>A proposed new hockey arena and entertainment district in Detroit has cleared more hurdles.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131220/BIZ/312200069/Detroit-City-Council-approves-financing-Red-Wings-arena-district?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit City Council voted Friday</a> on two measures that will allow the $650 million project to move forward.</p> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 01:17:44 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15794 at http://michiganradio.org Proposed new Red Wings arena, entertainment district clear more hurdles NHL gift benefits hockey rink at Detroit's Clark Park http://michiganradio.org/post/nhl-gift-benefits-hockey-rink-detroits-clark-park <p>The Detroit Red Wings’ charity and the National Hockey League have teamed up to refurbish Detroit’s only outdoor hockey rink.</p><p>The gift, which benefits southwest Detroit’s Clark Park, was <a href="http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/12/16/national-hockey-league-and-detroit-red-wings-foundation-spearhead-renovations-and-upgrades-to-clark-park-recreation-center/">announced there Monday</a>. The facility will get a new Zamboni, new lighting and other upgrades worth about $200,000.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 03:17:13 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15721 at http://michiganradio.org NHL gift benefits hockey rink at Detroit's Clark Park Deal for new Red Wings arena moves forward; state could pay for Joe Louis demolition http://michiganradio.org/post/deal-new-red-wings-arena-moves-forward-state-could-pay-joe-louis-demolition <p>The Detroit Red Wings are a step closer to getting a new home.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit’s Downtown Development Authority approved a concession management agreement that provides the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131213/BIZ/312130116/Joe-Louis-Arena-could-demolished-following-Red-Wings-departure?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">framework for a new $450 million sports and entertainment arena</a> Friday.</span></p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 02:52:09 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 15688 at http://michiganradio.org Deal for new Red Wings arena moves forward; state could pay for Joe Louis demolition The Red Wings are getting a new arena, but is this what Detroit needs? http://michiganradio.org/post/red-wings-are-getting-new-arena-what-detroit-needs <p>The irony was certainly not lost on many when just about the time the city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy protection Governor Snyder gave the green light to a new arena for the Detroit Red Wings, an arena to be located just immediately north of downtown.</p><p>Plans are calling for an 18,000 seat state of the art arena and accompanying entertainment district. It’ll be funded with a mix of $365.5 million in private investment and an estimated public investment of $284 million.</p><p>The Detroit Economic Growth Corporation is predicting the new Wings arena and mixed use district could create about 8,300 jobs and it predicts a statewide economic impact of $1.8 billion.</p><p>Marvin Surkin would like to challenge the statement that a new sports arena can energize a financially depleted city and boost its morale. He is a specialist in comparative urban politics and co-author of the book "Detroit: I Do Mind Dying." He joined us today from New York City.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:06:18 +0000 Stateside Staff 13987 at http://michiganradio.org The Red Wings are getting a new arena, but is this what Detroit needs? Stateside for Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-august-14th-2013 <p>According to new data, prisoners in Michigan serve longer sentences than in any other state. That's on top of the fact that Michigan has not reviewed its sentencing guidelines for 15 years. On today’s show, we dug deeper into what's behind prison sentences.</p><p>And, as Detroit faces bankruptcy, a deal has been struck to build a new sports arena in the city's downtown. We found out if that's really what Detroit needs right now.</p><p>Also, there’s a softball team in West Michigan with some members that have been playing together for four decades. We spoke with two women from the team.</p><p>First on the show, where were you ten years ago when the power died?</p><p>That's what many of us in the Midwest are asking each other today.</p><p>It was ten years ago this day when the largest blackout in North America left 55 million people in 8 states and Canada in the dark.</p><p>The cost of the Blackout of 2003? Anywhere from $4-10 billion.</p><p>What changes have been made to the grid in that decade? Could a blackout like that happen again?</p><p>Maggie Koerth-Bakeris a science columnist for the <em>New York Times Magazine</em>, the science editor at BoingBoing.net, and the author of Before the Lights Go Out.</p><p>She joined us today Minneapolis.</p><p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 21:02:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 13988 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 Spending taxpayer dollars on sports stadiums will not help Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/spending-taxpayer-dollars-sports-stadiums-will-not-help-detroit <p>Politicians are falling all over themselves in Washington and in Lansing to oppose spending any money to, as they put it, “bail out” Detroit.</p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:02:24 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 13750 at http://michiganradio.org Spending taxpayer dollars on sports stadiums will not help Detroit Red Wings plan new home in Detroit sports district http://michiganradio.org/post/red-wings-plan-new-home-detroit-sports-district <p>DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings and city officials have announced a $650 million plan for a new arena for the NHL team in Detroit's downtown entertainment and sports district.<br><br>Plans for the 18,000-seat arena were announced Wednesday at a meeting of economic development officials to approve the deal. Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch has long said he wanted a replacement for the 32-year-old Joe Louis Arena.<br><br>The Red Wings say there will be $367 million in private investment and $283 million in public funds in the complex. It also will include residential and retail space.<br> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:18:28 +0000 The Associated Press 13141 at http://michiganradio.org Why hockey fans should still savor the Red Wings' season http://michiganradio.org/post/why-hockey-fans-should-still-savor-red-wings-season <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Wednesday night the Detroit Red Wings lost their final playoff game of the season to the Chicago Blackhawks, breaking the hearts of hockey fans across Michigan. &nbsp;But according to Michigan Radio Sports Commentator John U. Bacon, it was still a series to savor.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Most sports fans are happy just to see their team make the playoffs. But Detroit Red Wings fans have been able to take that for granted for a record 22 straight seasons. &nbsp;The last time the Red Wings didn’t make the playoffs, 1990, not one current NHL player was in the league. &nbsp;Some of the current Red Wings weren’t born. &nbsp;Nine current franchises weren’t yet created. &nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">But the record seemed doomed to be broken this season.</span></p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 05:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 12818 at http://michiganradio.org Why hockey fans should still savor the Red Wings' season Stateside for Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-may-22nd-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's a three story pile of black petroleum coke big enough to cover an entire city block piling up in Southwest Detroit. It's a by-product of oil sands drilling from Alberta, Canada.</span></p><p>On today's show: we asked why is this high-sulfur, high-carbon waste piling up along the Detroit River?</p><p>And, the Board of State Canvassers met today in Lansing. We got an update on ballot initiatives that you could be voting on.</p><p> Wed, 22 May 2013 20:45:25 +0000 Stateside Staff 12689 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013