A little over a month ago, Detroit’s Mayor, Dave Bing announced that he would allow for the sale of abandoned city lots for as little as $200 a pop. This past week, Michigan’s Governor, Rick Snyder, Signed a bill that would allow the selling and redevolpment of the historic Michigan State Fairgrounds. To many Detroiter’s dismay, the news of this new deal, verified the forever closing of our fairgrounds and the traditions that came with it. Each summer, children both literally and in heart anticipated going to the Michigan State Fair. All year people feigned for the fairs famous elephant ears, rides, and the never disappointing concert announcements that people from all ages and racsee old enjoy.
Mother’s would stock up on wet wipes and clean clothes for the petting zoo and father would spend their pay checks to give their kids the coveted “all-day ride” wrist bands. What’s happening to the Michigan treasures that we love so much. First it was Boblo Island, then the take over of Belle Isle, and now the state fair. Is Michigan another state to be taken over by gentrification? When will Michigan’s citizens stand up and say, “No More”. Michigan is being sold piece by piece. Our culture, values, history and all that we cherish are being sold on the auction block to the highest bidder. Michigan is more than a state shaped like a glove and it’s more than a piece of land. It’s our home but if we don’t stand for something, it won’t be “ours” for long! Huffing post.com recently wrote an article on the selling of Michigan’s fairgrounds. Please, Read the full article, get mad, and write your congressman. If we all did “something”, we can save our state from those who don’t want to cherish our great lakes and our great state.
- N. Warren
Michigan State Fairgrounds Could Be Sold, Redeveloped, According To Law Signed By Governor Snyder