Thursday, November 13, 2008

How it looks today

I can't seem to find any images from before the Deja Vu. If anyone knows of some I'd like to add it here.

Monday, November 10, 2008


Who in the Ypsilanti area would be interested in and affected by swapping a stripclub for a movie theater:
  • Arts groups - the RAC for instance is nearby and may have a stake in this change
  • EMU - could be a nice opportunity for the school to get more involved in downtown Ypsi and potentially have their own student theater
  • the Historic Society - returning the Martha Washington theater to its original look (or close to it) would be a win for them
  • DDA - the downtown development folks obviously have a vested interest in some gentrification of the downtown area
  • Churches - I assume religious groups in the area would support removing the Deja Vu on moral grounds; I'm not sure if they would or could participate in the work
  • Ypsi Police Department - does the Deja Vu affect the crime rates in the city? I don't know. Does it influence our prostitution problem? I'm not sure, but it can't hurt right?
  • Property owners - the Maurers, for instance, own lots of property around there, and a nice attraction like a movie theater would certainly raise property values
  • the City of Ypsilanti - the Deja Vu pays property taxes, therefore they are better for the city in that location than nothing at all; I don't know if the taxes raised from the building would change with a movie theater there instead
  • the Deja Vu - obviously the owners and employees have a major stake here; how profitable is this location for them? could a compromise be reached which would move them outside of the city without hurting their bottom line?
  • Citizens in the community - another obvious stakeholder; is there a desire for change within the community? am I alone in thinking this would be a great thing for Ypsi? What does the wider community think?
These are all i can think of right off the bat, I'm sure there are more.