The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

A Gift that Keeps on Giving

Jan 20, 2020

Six years ago, whole neighborhoods were hijacked to make way for Little Caesar’s (LCA) sports-entertainment-office-retail arena complex in downtown Detroit. Over 400 million dollars from the city of Detroit and State of Michigan went to this arena deal. Not to mention 39 parcels of land for free. And in return, the billionaire group, the Ilitch organization, owners of the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers, and Little Caesar’s pizza chain, made grand promises of transforming the area.

Promises that continue to be broken—the latest being their failure to build a major hotel and row of retail businesses on the main street by the arena, Woodward, by 2018.

It’s now 2020. And recently these billionaires asked for ever more time (up to 4 years more, on top of the 3 years they have already taken). In return, they proposed to “give” the city two empty lots in nearby neighborhoods that the city could use for parking space. A city spokesperson had the nerve to say the deal “benefits our residents.”

What nonsense! All the benefits go the Ilitches, and their billionaire’s playground.