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Riverfront Property In Detroit To Become A Big Parking Lot Plus 5 Things To Know

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<p>Welcome to your Tuesday edition of Daily Detroit, where we deliver two pieces of big news:</p> <p>1. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson says he has stage four pancreatic cancer and won’t seek an eighth term in 2020.</p> <p>2. DTE Energy says it expects to sign a deal with the city to swap a decommissioned power plant on the east riverfront so it can be used to store Jeeps built at a new factory being pursued by parent Fiat Chrysler. [<a href= "https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/chrysler/2019/03/26/dte-deal-conners-creek-jeep-complex/3276380002/">Freep</a>]</p> <p>Why is this sad, you ask? This is the important line.</p> <p><em>FCA said it needs DTE’s Conners Creek land for storage of vehicles for the Jeep plant to be built at Mack and St. Jean. - Detroit Free Press</em></p> <p>n my opinion, this somehow feels quintessentially Detroit, a repeat of what we’ve always done: surrender to the automobile. Weren’t we supposed to be trying to <em>reclaim</em> our riverfront? And wasn’t DTE Energy crowing about redeveloping that parcel? (Why yes. <a href= "https://empoweringmichigan.com/envisioning-new-future-connors-creek/">Yes, they were</a>.)</p> <p>In other news, measles cases are on the rise in Oakland County after being traced to a man who visited the area from Israel, circa New York City. We <a href= "http://www.dailydetroit.com/2019/03/14/a-shipping-container-home-in-ferndale-lists-for-450000-plus-the-measles-are-back/">recently spoke with an infectious disease specialist</a> from Beaumont Health about measles and why it’s coming back.</p> <p>On the lighter side, both <a href= "http://mentalfloss.com/article/577201/best-bookstores-all-50-states">John King Books</a> and <a href= "https://www.yelpblog.com/2019/03/top-50-whiskey-bars-in-the-u-s">Motor City Gas</a> get nods for their excellence from <a href= "http://mentalfloss.com/article/577201/best-bookstores-all-50-states">Mentalfloss</a> and <a href="https://www.yelpblog.com/2019/03/top-50-whiskey-bars-in-the-u-s">Yelp</a> respectively.</p> <p>And finally, Jer speaks with James Chapman of Rock Ventures about the <a href="http://www.detroitdemoday.com/">Quicken Loans Demo Day</a>on June 14 and how you can get involved.</p> <p>Thanks for listening to Daily Detroit. Find us and <a href= "https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/daily-detroit/id1220563942?mt=2">subscribe on Apple Podcasts</a>, and <a href= "http://www.patreon.com/dailydetroit/join">consider supporting us as a member.</a></p>

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