Wednesday, March 10, 2010
MacArthur Bridge on the Detroit RIver
This is the bridge that leads to what once was Detroit's premier park: 900+ acres on Belle Isle. These 19 graceful arches span a half mile length over the Detroit River between Jefferson Avenue and the island. Opened in 1923 at the cost of 2 1/2 million dollars, it took more than 11 million to restore it in 1986. They renamed what was the Belle Isle Bridge in the 1940's in honor of the World War II general, Douglas MacArthur. But the island is slowly crumbling. The beautiful 1904 aquarium closed in 2005. The once cool elevated boardwalk zoo is closed. And the Grand Prix that was cancelled for 2009 has once again been cancelled for 2010. What can be done?