Saving the Aquarium

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Earlier this year, Detroit closed the Belle Isle Aquarium. Opened on August 18, 1904, the Albert Kahn designed building was the oldest existing aquarium in the United States. The closing was a bitter fight between the city and the aquarium lovers. At times, it became a city vs. suburbs fight too.

In Tuesday’s primary, 88% of voters voted in favor of re-opening the Aquarium. The vote doesn’t mean it will re-open but does mean it has to be considered. The money can be found – heck, rumor is the amount spent to maintain Tiger Stadium is about the same needed for the Aquarium. (I love baseball but we don’t need two baseball stadiums) Fingers crossed that this time next year, we’ll be exploring our small but wonderful Aquarium again.

1 Comment so far

  1. baliad (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 3:33 pm

    what is the status of the debate regarding a vehicle fee for belle isle??? maybe i’m ignorant, but i think it’d be a great idea… it’d prolly pay for the aquarium and clean the place up a little bit too… maybe??? i dunno…

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