Thursday, November 13, 2008
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?