Jun 11, 2009

Metro Times nails the Ambassador Bridge Company

Somebody should tell the actors posing as investigative journalists like WXYZ’s Steve Wilson and the “problem solvers” over at Fox 2 Detroit that if they want to see some real investigative journalism they should check out Curt Guyette’s piece on the Detroit International Bridge Company in the Metro Times.

It is the best piece I have seen on Grosse Pointe billionaire and Republican benefactor Matty Moroun and the Bridge Company’s heavy handed tactics and their arrogance. They are building a second bridge span right next to the current Ambassador Bridge, and they do not have one single permit; not from the City of Detroit, the state of Michigan, the federal government or the Canadian government.

The good news is that the U.S. Coast Guard has asked the company to show why constructing the ramp before receiving the government's permission isn't a violation of the law. Guyette does an excellent job of outlining the questionable and illegal tactics they are pulling, including the Bridge Company dragging their feet on the $170 million Gateway Project.

The company is taking Riverside Park and 23rd street because it claims an old act of Congress designated it an instrument of the federal government because it controlled traffic on an international crossing. Even if that were true, the federal government can’t just slap a sign on something and say it’s theirs.

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