Finley: Good news keeps on coming

Nolan Finley

You don’t need to have been around this region very long to remember the days when the news was all about things going away.

Now, almost every day brings reports of new things coming.

In just one day’s newspaper — Tuesday’s — the headlines told of three major developments. That sort of news is getting so common it’s starting to feel routine.

Ford Motor Co. announced it is spending $60 million to help give its hometown a facelift. The automaker will redevelop unused buildings and land across three blocks of Dearborn’s West Downtown District, near its headquarters.

Ford anticipates future employees will want to live closer to work, and so it wants to create exciting neighborhoods for them. It’s similar to the Quicken Loans approach to downtown Detroit.

Also, internet retail giant Amazon says it is building a new distribution center in Livonia that will bring 1,000 jobs to the area. The company chose Livonia after receiving $7.5 million in performance grants from the state’s Strategic Fund.

And developers said they will break ground this spring for an apartment building on the last large parcel of vacant land on Woodward in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood. The $31 million complex got $4 million from the Strategic Fund.

Things are popping up at an amazing pace. And that’s a lot better than watching them fall down.