Dan Gilbert Rumors

With businessman Dan Gilbert building his empire downtown and the Ilitches moving ahead with their projects in the new arena district, many more people can see something sustainable growing in Detroit. “Back then, we wanted to be a catalyst,” Marantette said. “When others wouldn’t go there, we were going to go there and put a stake in the ground. That’s what Harbortown was.” Davidson was hardly alone in leaving the city; two-thirds of the city’s population, along with many businesses, also skipped out. Nor was Davidson the only suburban sprawler who bad-mouthed Detroit — Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson comes to mind with his often inflammatory remarks belittling the city.
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Dan Gilbert, the billionaire owner of the Cavaliers, said Wednesday he has donated $15 million to his alma mater, Michigan State. Gilbert and several representatives of the Michigan State athletic department announced the gift from the lobby of a building Gilbert owns in Detroit. The money will provide the final funds needed to complete a $50 million remodel of Breslin Center, home of the Spartans basketball programs.
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