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STATEdude3
04-07-2010, 01:49 PM
I know several people that live near downtown Detroit and all of them have horror stories about the MuggerMover.

All of them? Maybe you are hanging out with the wrong people...according to the DPD annual report there were only 11 incidents reported in people mover stations/trains in 2008 and 9 of those were for purse snatching/pick pocketing. Only 3 of them involved assaults.

moe24
04-07-2010, 01:58 PM
All of them? Maybe you are hanging out with the wrong people...according to the DPD annual report there were only 11 incidents reported in people mover stations/trains in 2008 and 9 of those were for purse snatching/pick pocketing. Only 3 of them involved assaults.

That is because of how the Detroit police department works. If a crime happens and you try to report it to the police they will not come to you to help (unless your life is in immediate danger) you have to go to them. I read recently that because of this policy that over 97% of all crimes in the Detroit city limits are never even reported.

d.gerry
04-07-2010, 01:59 PM
All of them? Maybe you are hanging out with the wrong people...according to the DPD annual report there were only 11 incidents reported in people mover stations/trains in 2008 and 9 of those were for purse snatching/pick pocketing. Only 3 of them involved assaults.

Do you work for the Detroit Chamber of Commerce? You must! ;)

Mania
04-07-2010, 02:10 PM
This has probably been asked already but what is a fairly cheap and also safe place to park?

I'm not sure how the rates are compared to other big cities...I know NYC charges like $50 for a day and I'd rather avoid paying that much if possible. Any suggestions? Or do I not have to worry about ridiculous fees?

moe24
04-07-2010, 02:14 PM
This has probably been asked already but what is a fairly cheap and also safe place to park?

I'm not sure how the rates are compared to other big cities...I know NYC charges like $50 for a day and I'd rather avoid paying that much if possible. Any suggestions? Or do I not have to worry about ridiculous fees?

Parking structures nearby are $15 (which to me is outrageous, but far less then the $50 you worry about), they are near the Fox Theatre and Hockeytown Cafe. Don't park in those temporary lots that only pop up on game days, if you do there is a good chance your car will be missing all of its contents when you get back to it.

STATEdude3
04-07-2010, 02:15 PM
This has probably been asked already but what is a fairly cheap and also safe place to park?

I'm not sure how the rates are compared to other big cities...I know NYC charges like $50 for a day and I'd rather avoid paying that much if possible. Any suggestions? Or do I not have to worry about ridiculous fees?

15-20 is reasonable to part for the entire day. Parking downtown is pretty safe. If you want to park very cheap, go to MGM Grand where parking is completely free. Pull in, pull out...no validation required. It is about 6-8 blocks from Ford Field.

Mania
04-07-2010, 02:16 PM
Thanks for the help.

STATEdude3
04-07-2010, 05:59 PM
I hate ESPN, but here is ther take on visiting Detroit this particular weekend...

http://sports.espn.go.com/travel/news/story?id=5050884

my post about the Heidelberg Project was cut short on the page, so here is that again for those that are interested...

http://board.uscho.com/showpost.php?p=4739777&postcount=259

SpartanBoy81
04-07-2010, 08:39 PM
Parking structures nearby are $15 (which to me is outrageous, but far less then the $50 you worry about), they are near the Fox Theatre and Hockeytown Cafe. Don't park in those temporary lots that only pop up on game days, if you do there is a good chance your car will be missing all of its contents when you get back to it.

Wow, I park in those lots for over 60 Tigers games per summer (season ticket holder here) and have never once had my car broken into. You know people that have had bad experiences there??

Hammer
04-07-2010, 08:43 PM
When I go to Tiger games I park at the VFW hall on Woodward and Temple. They charge $10 and they have guys watching the lot. Good guys and a good cause. It's about 8-10 blocks from Comerica Park, but it's a straight shot to the Lodge (US-10) from there. However, I don't know if they'll be doing such a thing for this weekend's hockey.

STATEdude3
04-07-2010, 10:25 PM
I have already had calls from 4 USCHO members in town...2 of them went to Roast for dinner and the other two spent the afternoon at the DIA or Science Center. They all really enjoyed their time but one concern I heard was the lack of place to buy an umbrella. I hope to hear more from you guys...it's really great to hear the good and bad experiences.

For those that need quick needs or pharmacy style stuff...there is a CVS on Woodward just north of Campus Martius Park and also on Level 2 of the Ren Cen. There is also a CVS and Walgreens on Jefferson near the Omni Riverfront, and a Rite Aid on Woodward at Canfield.

MUhawks628
04-07-2010, 10:38 PM
Wow, I park in those lots for over 60 Tigers games per summer (season ticket holder here) and have never once had my car broken into. You know people that have had bad experiences there??

I'm certainly not down there 60 times a summer, but every Tigers/Lions game I have been to I've parked in one of them and never had a problem either. Just don't leave an ipod sitting out on the seat :rolleyes: .

MaizeRage
04-08-2010, 12:21 AM
I parked in an outdoor lot today and had no problem. Every other time I've been down there I've parked on the street and never had a problem. Just don't be stupid about stuff that you leave visible in your car.

Also, for people still worried about safety, there's going to be a pretty strong undercover police presence at the stadium and surrounding area this weekend.

MUhawks628
04-08-2010, 08:52 AM
I think moe is just a little paranoid.

STATEdude3
04-08-2010, 10:17 AM
For those interested in opening day festivities, but not going to the game...here is the block party information from 97.1 The Ticket. There will be an outdoor pub in the park and viewing on a large screen as well.

http://wxyt.radio.com/events/2010/04/09/opening-day-block-party/

STATEdude3
04-08-2010, 02:16 PM
So we opened our phones to public calls at 10am...so far we have had calls from 8 badgers, 6 random fans, 4 RIT fans and 2 Miami fans.

6 of the 8 calls from Badger fans were looking for suggestions on bars. and I thought MSU had a drinking problem...

bigblue_dl
04-08-2010, 03:54 PM
So we opened our phones to public calls at 10am...so far we have had calls from 8 badgers, 6 random fans, 4 RIT fans and 2 Miami fans.

6 of the 8 calls from Badger fans were looking for suggestions on bars. and I thought MSU had a drinking problem...
haven't had much experience with Wisconsinites before, have you? :p

STATEdude3
04-08-2010, 03:56 PM
haven't had much experience with Wisconsinites before, have you? :p

Only on the roads...where they are the WORST drivers in the entire country!!

bigblue_dl
04-08-2010, 03:57 PM
Only on the roads...where they are the WORST drivers in the entire country!!
Probably because they're constantly drunk.

moe24
04-08-2010, 04:03 PM
Wow, I park in those lots for over 60 Tigers games per summer (season ticket holder here) and have never once had my car broken into. You know people that have had bad experiences there??

Yes, several. I know of multiple people who have had their windows smashed in and the entire contents of the car (but not the car itself) stolen.