Monday, December 19, 2011

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "No Train for the Motor City" from WSJ


"DETROIT—After kicking the tires on a shiny new train system, the Motor City has decided to take the cheaper bus instead.


This week, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Mayor Dave Bing suddenly abandoned a roughly $600 million plan to build a light-rail line along a key corridor that supporters had insisted would attract new residents and jump-start economic growth. Instead, they proposed a less-expensive plan for a network of express buses to deliver workers from the city to the job-rich suburbs.


Even the express-bus system would require a level of regional cooperation on transit that has long eluded Detroit and its suburbs. The impoverished city is struggling to maintain its existing transit network, including a rickety, heavily subsidized bus system and a lonely elevated train that courses through downtown...."


Link:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204844504577100660265044228.html


Editor's Note: While not visible in the article's image, the line includes a segment to the international airport, a big plus for Detroit-bound CTers!

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "When Airlines Depart Cities, Businesses May Follow" from NPR


"Last month when Chiquita announced it was moving its corporate headquarters from Ohio to North Carolina, it said it was lured there in part by the number of flights in and out of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.


Cincinnati came out on the losing end of the deal because like so many other cities, it faces a shrinking airline hub, which can affect the city's business climate.


The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, or CVG, is big but kind of empty. Business traveler John Bonno from Atlanta was noticing recently how desolate it feels."


Link:
http://www.npr.org/2011/12/09/143306035/when-airlines-depart-cities-businesses-may-follow


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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "A 'Christmas Story' Musical? Sing Out, Ralphie!" from NPR


Background: The movie is based on the the screenwriter's childhood in Hammond, IN.  The movie was filmed in a Cleveland neighborhood (the home is available to tour).  The play was in Detroit until 27 November and will be in Chicago from 14-30 December.  


"Every year at this time, families in search of child-friendly holiday entertainment buy their tickets for productions of A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker. It's a lucrative market, and commercial producers are always looking for the next big Broadway-style holiday show that might join that small group of classic favorites. (The Grinch musical, anyone?)


This year, A Christmas Story: The Musical! will take its shot. A stage version of the iconic 1983 movie is on a five-city tour, with dreams of playing Broadway next year." 


Link:
http://www.npr.org/2011/11/25/142673831/a-christmas-story-musical-sing-out-ralphie



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