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Detroit News Columnist Daniel Howes and Michigan Radio are partners in weekly essays examining what's hot in Michigan business and politics – and what it all means. This week, Howes says Ford Motor Co.'s play to acquire the dilapidated Michigan Central Depot in the Corktown neighborhood  is exactly the kind of play Detroit needs: a major corporate player with more than a century of history grounded here is eyeing a next-generation investment in a corner outside the downtown corridor. People want action in the neighborhoods? This would be it -- the biggest economic shot since Dan Gilbert started assembling his downtown real estate empire.

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