Professional Sports and Gambling : Can Entertainment Save Detroit?
No city in the world is like Detroit. Nowhere will one find so much racial segregation, poor neighborhoods, and suburban sprawl. Cities like Detroit need economic regeneration. Many cities in recent years have sought to bring about a range of regeneration objectives by means of strategies that rely on the promotion of development. This is linked to the increasing prevalence of competition between cities of investment, and such competition is increasingly on a global scale. The issue is essentially one of place marketing, with image enhancement being at the forefront of such strategies. The approach has therefore been to promote physical growth to maximize the impact of the city's image. Recently, the city has incorporated an entertainment-led regeneration. The Detroit Lions and the Detroit Tigers move into the heart of the downtown area and the city has agreed to construct 3 major casinos. This paper will explore the impact of the addition of these stadiums and casinos. Preventing further abandonment by annexing new development is the way Detroit chose to go over consolidation of suburban areas. What will be looked at are the benefits and problems of Detroit's choice of an entertainment led regeneration and in the end if this will in fact help revitalize the city in the future.