June 3, 2009 protest at Tiger Stadium. (Photo by Marvin Shaouni)
UPDATE, MONDAY, JUNE 8
Detroit's WXYZ news station is reporting that the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy's request for an injunction to prevent further demolition of the ballpark has been denied.
We will be issuing an official statement on this loss later today.
An injunction has been granted and the demolition ceased late Friday afternoon, with a hearing to follow on Monday morning. The link in the update below has more information on this developing situation.
Please read to the end of the post for information on how to contact Detroit's Mayor and City Council to ask them to stop this needless demolition.
Despite the fact that demolition was scheduled to begin as early as Monday, June 8th, we recently learned that the City of Detroit has moved up its schedule and demolition in fact began the afternoon of June 5th at 3:45 pm Eastern Time.
Please express your outrage at this action by contacting Mayor Dave Bing's office at 313-224-3400.
Thank you for your support on this issue.
Yesterday, my colleague Royce from the Midwest Office wrote about the plight of Tiger Stadium -- where bulldozers had appeared suddenly in response a vote by the city of Detroit's economic development arm to follow through with complete demolition of the remaining portion of the stadium.
Today, we're asking you to join other preservationists, baseball enthusiasts, and local activists in taking action to save Tiger Stadium.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Write to the City Council
Express your outrage with demolition of Tiger Stadium. Let them know that redevelopment of this iconic historic place could transform it back into a thriving center of community activity.
Call the Mayor's Office
Mayor Dave Bing's office can be reached at 313-224-3400. He needs to know that you support protection of Tiger Stadium, and that it is important to the City of Detroit and people across the nation.
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Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.