• Mar 11th 2009 at 7:02PM
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The latest chapter in the saga of Detroit's dilapidated Cobo Center was written over the weekend during the annual Autorama show. Against a backdrop of gorgeous and valuable hot rods, Cobo itself again became the story thanks to roof leaks that sent dirty water dripping down from the ceiling onto some of the show cars below. The situation angered the show's organizer, who pointed out the abundantly obvious when he told the The Detroit News, "If this isn't addressed, they're going to lose events." Lord knows the facility's been losing exhibitors at its signature exhibition, the North American International Auto Show, over the past couple of years. While some of that surely has to do with the economic climate, many of those same exhibitors still manage to find their way to major-market shows like L.A. or New York.

As to whether the situation has any hope of improving, that's all up in the air. Cobo's future is mired in an ugly political tug-of-war between Detroit's mayor, who supports state-backed renovation and expansion followed by regional control of the facility, and the City Council, which doesn't want to cede any control. Last week, the mayor vetoed the council's rejection of the state-supported measure, and now the council may mount a legal challenge. As usual, lawyers stand to win regardless of the final outcome.

In the meantime, Cobo becomes more of an embarrassment with each passing day. It's hard to lure world-class events to your venue when you need to hang tarps from the ceiling to catch water coming through your leaky roof, which is exactly what happened during Autorama. The Motown city fathers ought to be worried, seeing as how there's a gigantic facility in a legitimate destination city just 237 miles away. We're sure they'd welcome the likes of Autorama and NAIAS with arms wide open.

[Source: The Detroit News]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      maybe they should sell the city to Omni Consumer Products, and get the Delta City project going.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dick Jones will fix everything.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Detroit sucks in every possible way. Kill it. And before you ask, I lived in that sh*thole city for four years for school. :shivers:
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you want to see the "Real" Detroit, check out the photos in the link below.
      Photos don't lie, this place is a hole. I don't understand why Detroit's clown council is fighting over such a turd. It must be all of the $$$$$ kick backs, etc.

      In regards to Monica Conyers - It’s truly amazing that this waste of oxygen has enough brain capacity for her organs to function.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Cobo does not need to be expanded or fixed. It is to old. Spend the money on a new up to date place. Detroit has lots of exta space to build from scratch.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And manufacturers probably have to pay some "union" guy $100 to place a bucket under the drip if it is in their booth area.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Chicago would warmly welcome NAIAS, I imagine.

        And everyone would have an extremely great time.

        You ever been to Chicago? Yeah, you had a great time.

        You ever been to Detroit? Weird place, not necessarily a good time.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Union"? Not necessarily.

        Someone who kicks money up to Monica Conyers? Absolutely.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LMAO! That's a good joke.

        But seriously SEMA is the only show worth going to.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Monica Conyers on 760 WJR:


      Enjoy listening to the President of the Detroit City Council. She is a jem. Good luck Detroit!
      • 6 Years Ago
      At the NY Auto Show at Javits last year, it was POURING outside and the roof started to leak pretty hard. However, it was isolated to one area, the Pontiac G5. It just seemed kind of fitting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Between messing this up and complaining about Jay Leno's FREE show being outside of the city limits, the city council seems like a bunch of tools.
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