For years, people waiting for a bus at the Rosa Parks Transit Center in downtown Detroit have had few ways to satiate their hunger or quench their thirst. Save for a gumbo spot‘s several year stint as a tenant in the eight-year old facility, there have been no businesses for riders to patronize. There’s not even a vending machine or newsstand.
Let’s pause for a moment to contemplate how strange this is. Think of Penn Station in New York, where the stores and eateries are so plentiful, transportation almost feels like a secondary service. The same holds true at transit hubs in Chicago, Washington, and elsewhere.
Now — with Detroit officials wrapping up a two-year, $850,000 upgrade of the facility — they’re hoping to make the Rosa Parks Transit Center better resemble the thriving downtown to its east by attracting some business tenants.
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