I have not previously written my thoughts on this situation. I have spoken them only. Here goes:
I attended the May 1 public hearing on Mr. Maille's appeal before the Development Review Board. I listened to the testimony from people living in or very near the neighborhood which they themselves dubbed "Little Detroit." The testimony broke my heart and also made me mad. The neighborhood in which many had spent decades, if not their entire lives, has been decimated. It is my understanding that the airport paid good value on the houses they bought; they did not try to cheat anyone. But those houses, once vacated, should have been taken down within the prescribed time frame and not left to fall into the "sadness" that inevitably encompasses an empty house. Those houses, once "homes," should not have been left as magnets for vandalism and other inappropriate/illegal/just plain scary goings-on. I really do believe that the City needs to hold the airport's "feet" to the fire on this.