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Detroit News Columnist Daniel Howes and Michigan Radio are partnering in weekly essays examining what's hot in Michigan business and politics -- and what it all means. This week, Howes says pizza mogul Mike Ilitch, who died at 87, leaves a legacy that arguably changed the arc of Detroit in ways he probably never could have imagined. Not when he bought the Red Wings and, a decade later, the Tigers. Not when he restored the Fox Theatre and later laid plans for the District Detroit development rising at Woodward and I-75. He made a difference.

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