Ken Burns-On-A-Shoestring: Creating Buzz for Launch of Mini-Doc 'Digging Detroit'

November 1, 2014 1:12 PM

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Ken Burns-On-A-Shoestring: Creating Buzz for Launch of Mini-Doc 'Digging Detroit'

"The Joe," the battleship-gray windowless box on the Detroit River, is slated for 2017 demolition, making way for high-rise condos, a hotel and shopping as part of a pay-back to creditors owed $1 billion. For a few months in-between wrecking-ball and ground-breaking, Detroiters will once again have an unobstructed view of the river at the corner of Fort and 3rd -- as if looking back in time and seeing the Purple Gang hijack another bootlegger at the docks, before moving its haul up the street to the speakeasy beside the church.

And that same little brick building on the left will probably still be standing when the condos are torn down in 60 years -- perhaps making way for the next home for the Wings.

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