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Postby Ansel Rakestraw » Tue May 01, 2007 10:30 pm

susanarosa wrote:
Ansel Rakestraw wrote:On a somewhat related note, can we bid good riddance to the Pena avatars? I'm tired of it looking like I am ogling his but with my avatar.

Could you move to perhaps a Brittany Spears hoohaw flash? I'd rather look at that...or maybe a shot of Anna K. in a tennis skirt?

Thanks.


No.


Shoot.

Well, no harm in asking I guess.
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Postby susanarosa » Tue May 01, 2007 10:35 pm

Ansel Rakestraw wrote:
susanarosa wrote:
Ansel Rakestraw wrote:On a somewhat related note, can we bid good riddance to the Pena avatars? I'm tired of it looking like I am ogling his but with my avatar.

Could you move to perhaps a Brittany Spears hoohaw flash? I'd rather look at that...or maybe a shot of Anna K. in a tennis skirt?

Thanks.


No.


Shoot.

Well, no harm in asking I guess.


Not to mention that it frightens me that you'd rather see Britney Spears' hoohaw...

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Postby Ansel Rakestraw » Wed May 02, 2007 6:59 am

susanarosa wrote:
Ansel Rakestraw wrote:
susanarosa wrote:
Ansel Rakestraw wrote:On a somewhat related note, can we bid good riddance to the Pena avatars? I'm tired of it looking like I am ogling his but with my avatar.

Could you move to perhaps a Brittany Spears hoohaw flash? I'd rather look at that...or maybe a shot of Anna K. in a tennis skirt?

Thanks.


No.


Shoot.

Well, no harm in asking I guess.


Not to mention that it frightens me that you'd rather see Britney Spears' hoohaw...


It frightens ME that you think I'd rather look at Pena package.
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Postby susanarosa » Wed May 02, 2007 8:49 am

But it's not his package... It's a picture from the side, from the waist up...

I'm confused.

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Postby Putski » Wed May 02, 2007 9:09 am

Maybe he just keeps drawing in the package part....
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Postby Andy » Mon Jun 11, 2007 6:29 pm

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This is not a hit to Detroit. I is more of a loss to Porche to be leaving the biggest event. <313>



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"Just one less reason for the auto media to suffer through a wintery Michigan week."

I guess Porsche would actually have to be doing something news worthy in order to have such an effect...
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Postby Megatron » Mon Jun 11, 2007 6:36 pm

If I could afford to buy a Porsche, you can bet I would boycotting them right now. Buy American or...oh wait, nevermind.
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Postby York » Mon Jun 11, 2007 6:43 pm

Andy wrote:
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This is not a hit to Detroit. I is more of a loss to Porche to be leaving the biggest event. <313>



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"Just one less reason for the auto media to suffer through a wintery Michigan week."

I guess Porsche would actually have to be doing something news worthy in order to have such an effect...


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Postby Andy » Tue Jul 24, 2007 12:03 pm

Even promises of tax incentives and threats of a congressional inquiry may not be enough to lure Cincinnati-based Kroger back to the city it left just less than three years ago, analysts said Monday.

That assessment comes after City Councilwoman Monica Conyers staged a widely publicized meeting with a Kroger official on Friday detailing what incentives the company might receive from the city should it decide to open a store in Detroit.

According to Sam Riddle, Conyers' chief of staff, the councilwoman requested the meeting with Kroger's manager of integrated communications, Dale Hollandsworth, after the company bought 20 former Farmer Jack stores in southeastern Michigan, all of them in Metro Detroit suburbs.

"This is no mystery to us," Riddle said in a telephone interview Monday. "This chain has systematically and consciously avoided the city of Detroit, and when you look at the demographics, it shows potential institutional racism at the corporate level."

Hollandsworth met with Conyers and her staff in Detroit for about an hour Friday. He declined to comment Monday, instead directing questions to Conyers' office. On Friday, Hollandsworth told reporters he would present Conyers' offer to Kroger officials for review, but he made no promises as to the potential outcome.

Both sides have agreed to sit down in a month to discuss the matter again, but details about exactly what Conyers proposed to Kroger remain unclear.

James Canning, deputy press secretary for Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, said the mayor is "definitely supportive" of a chain coming to Detroit, but noted that his office was also unaware of exactly what incentives Conyers offered Kroger.

Still, retail analysts following the talks say any offer to Kroger involving tax breaks or other incentives is unlikely to lure the chain here as long as economic factors continue to make operating grocery stores in Detroit more expensive than in its suburbs.

"If a store can't make it on its own, those tax incentives are worth nothing anyway," said David Livingston, a Wisconsin-based grocery industry analyst. "It goes a lot further than dollars and cents up front. A store has to know it can make money in the long term. They're not in the business to lose money."

Ed Nakfoor, a Birmingham-based retail consultant, said such incentives don't work well in creating a stabilized retail environment, especially in turbulent markets like Detroit.

"It's such a Big Brother kind of thing. It's bullying business to go places where they know they won't be profitable," he said. "It's things like this that make people think twice about wanting to set up shop somewhere. And that's bad business."

Jane Shallal, president of the Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers, an industry group representing some independent Metro Detroit grocers, complained Monday that none of her members that expressed interest in buying a Farmer Jack location were offered any tax breaks by the city. She said she would be questioning city officials beginning today about why independent business operators weren't made the same offers.

Conyers' public questioning of Kroger's decision not to buy either of the Detroit Farmer Jack stores up for sale by parent company Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. followed outcries from community leaders and activist groups over what they contend is a lack of access to quality, fresh food in Detroit.

Riddle said Conyers has "heavily discussed more than once" the situation with her husband, Rep. John Conyers, and has not ruled out the possibility of requesting a congressional hearing on the matter. He also said a letter is being sent to Kroger's top brass reminding them of the availability of the former Farmer Jack on East Jefferson.

That location was originally slated to be transformed into an independent grocery store, but that deal fell through on Friday because of unfavorable terms in the proposed agreement, according to Shallal.

The other location, at Seven Mile and Livernois, was purchased by local grocer Jamal Abro, who is currently transforming it into a Mike's Fresh Market. Kroger closed its last store in Detroit, at Seven Mile and Gratiot, less than three years ago. Abro purchased that store and renovated it into his first Mike's location.

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar ... 0339&imw=Y
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Postby Megatron » Tue Jul 24, 2007 12:17 pm

Andy wrote:
Even promises of tax incentives and threats of a congressional inquiry may not be enough to lure Cincinnati-based Kroger back to the city it left just less than three years ago, analysts said Monday.

That assessment comes after City Councilwoman Monica Conyers staged a widely publicized meeting with a Kroger official on Friday detailing what incentives the company might receive from the city should it decide to open a store in Detroit.

According to Sam Riddle, Conyers' chief of staff, the councilwoman requested the meeting with Kroger's manager of integrated communications, Dale Hollandsworth, after the company bought 20 former Farmer Jack stores in southeastern Michigan, all of them in Metro Detroit suburbs.

"This is no mystery to us," Riddle said in a telephone interview Monday. "This chain has systematically and consciously avoided the city of Detroit, and when you look at the demographics, it shows potential institutional racism at the corporate level."
Hollandsworth met with Conyers and her staff in Detroit for about an hour Friday. He declined to comment Monday, instead directing questions to Conyers' office. On Friday, Hollandsworth told reporters he would present Conyers' offer to Kroger officials for review, but he made no promises as to the potential outcome.

Both sides have agreed to sit down in a month to discuss the matter again, but details about exactly what Conyers proposed to Kroger remain unclear.

James Canning, deputy press secretary for Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, said the mayor is "definitely supportive" of a chain coming to Detroit, but noted that his office was also unaware of exactly what incentives Conyers offered Kroger.

Still, retail analysts following the talks say any offer to Kroger involving tax breaks or other incentives is unlikely to lure the chain here as long as economic factors continue to make operating grocery stores in Detroit more expensive than in its suburbs.

"If a store can't make it on its own, those tax incentives are worth nothing anyway," said David Livingston, a Wisconsin-based grocery industry analyst. "It goes a lot further than dollars and cents up front. A store has to know it can make money in the long term. They're not in the business to lose money."
Ed Nakfoor, a Birmingham-based retail consultant, said such incentives don't work well in creating a stabilized retail environment, especially in turbulent markets like Detroit.

"It's such a Big Brother kind of thing. It's bullying business to go places where they know they won't be profitable," he said. "It's things like this that make people think twice about wanting to set up shop somewhere. And that's bad business."

Jane Shallal, president of the Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers, an industry group representing some independent Metro Detroit grocers, complained Monday that none of her members that expressed interest in buying a Farmer Jack location were offered any tax breaks by the city. She said she would be questioning city officials beginning today about why independent business operators weren't made the same offers.

Conyers' public questioning of Kroger's decision not to buy either of the Detroit Farmer Jack stores up for sale by parent company Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. followed outcries from community leaders and activist groups over what they contend is a lack of access to quality, fresh food in Detroit.

Riddle said Conyers has "heavily discussed more than once" the situation with her husband, Rep. John Conyers, and has not ruled out the possibility of requesting a congressional hearing on the matter. He also said a letter is being sent to Kroger's top brass reminding them of the availability of the former Farmer Jack on East Jefferson.

That location was originally slated to be transformed into an independent grocery store, but that deal fell through on Friday because of unfavorable terms in the proposed agreement, according to Shallal.

The other location, at Seven Mile and Livernois, was purchased by local grocer Jamal Abro, who is currently transforming it into a Mike's Fresh Market. Kroger closed its last store in Detroit, at Seven Mile and Gratiot, less than three years ago. Abro purchased that store and renovated it into his first Mike's location.

http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar ... 0339&imw=Y



When is Detroit going to realize it's not racism, it's dollars and cents.
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Postby Kent » Tue Jul 24, 2007 12:23 pm

I thought this post summed it up nicely.

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I remember seeing shoplifters having the nerve (no shame at all) to loudly confront a clerk at our neighborhood variety store on Fenkell when I was a kid. It ended up with a broken bottle going into the clerk's face. Eventually the place was robbed blind, the owners sold out, bullet-proof glass went up, the fountain and all merchandise except for chips, beer, lottery & smokes left. A community gets the merchants that it deserves, and too much of Detroit has acted out for too long for anyone but the heavily armed to do business. Drive out Fenkell and see for yourself.

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Postby Andy » Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:31 am

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Unpleasant but not completely unexpected; this is fast moving from speculation to the concrete details.



(Message edited by Huggybear on September 04, 2007)


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Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 1:02 am:

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VW will have a hard time "changing" their image and turning a profit. HQ relocation is hardly a step. They should start from scratch in the US...as in, kill the logo and the emo image.



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Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 1:21 am:

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VW's loss. Maybe they can buy more politicians in DC
They will definitely lose market share as they will be out of the buzz of Motown. I figured as much.
It will be a hard transition for employees for sure



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Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 1:30 am:

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VW's suck anyway. What's the point of buying one when for a few grand more you could just get an Audi? Thats what killed the Phaeton and what is probably hurting Passat sales. The location of the North American headquarters has nothing to do with slumping sales it is more so the lackluster product that moving to DC wont fix.
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Postby Woodwards Friend » Tue Sep 04, 2007 9:27 am

Andy wrote:
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Unpleasant but not completely unexpected; this is fast moving from speculation to the concrete details.



(Message edited by Huggybear on September 04, 2007)


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VW will have a hard time "changing" their image and turning a profit. HQ relocation is hardly a step. They should start from scratch in the US...as in, kill the logo and the emo image.



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Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 1:21 am:

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VW's loss. Maybe they can buy more politicians in DC
They will definitely lose market share as they will be out of the buzz of Motown. I figured as much.
It will be a hard transition for employees for sure



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VW's suck anyway. What's the point of buying one when for a few grand more you could just get an Audi? Thats what killed the Phaeton and what is probably hurting Passat sales. The location of the North American headquarters has nothing to do with slumping sales it is more so the lackluster product that moving to DC wont fix.


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Postby The Suburban Avenger » Tue Sep 04, 2007 12:36 pm

VW's loss. Maybe they can buy more politicians in DC
They will definitely lose market share as they will be out of the buzz of Motown. I figured as much.
It will be a hard transition for employees for sure


Imagine what kind of numbers Toyota would be doing if only it was in the buzz of Motown!
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Postby Shark » Fri Sep 07, 2007 10:22 am

After royally screwing my stinking Blog up for the last time. I am giving Blog Ad’s the old heave ho! I guess their new code doesn’t like Wordpress Blogs or something. Well, I’m tired of screwing around with them, They’re a stupid way to try and make money. Because Nobody will buy advertising unless your in with some idiotic clique any damn way.




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