Woodward Avenue revisited

Regarding the article ``New Detroit Mayor Aims to Draw Suburbs Back Into City Life,'' Nov. 4: If Mayor-elect Dennis Archer takes the advice to ``walk the decrepit commercial artery known as Woodward Avenue,'' he'd be well advised not to follow the author's directions. First of all, if he begins at the Renaissance Center (it is not brown, but green; that's why the locals jokingly call it ``the Emerald City''), he will be nowhere near the foot of Woodward Avenue.

Second, he would not be surprised to find on that ``ramshackle third-world corridor'' a new office tower, several banks, a restored theater district, Orchestra Hall (home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra), the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the vast Medical Center complex. In fact, before it leaves the city, Woodward Avenue passes by the prosperous homes of the Palmer Park area, where the mayor-elect himself lives. Sandra Tucker, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.

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