Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Monday, October 30, 2006

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The Pioneer Press, in Minneapolis, reprinted a portion of the Free Press Article on the AP wire.

The Miami Herald printed this, from a phone interview last week.
During the World Series, Kilpatrick wants lights turned on in the empty buildings that surround the Tigers' Comerica Park -- just as he did during the 2005 All-Star Game and last February's Super Bowl -- to keep the city from looking like a ghost town on national television.
And downtown actually is getting better said the Rev. Steven Kelly, pastor of St. John's Episcopal Church, which sits across the street from the ballpark. But none of the returning merchants is likely to revitalize the area more than the Tigers.
Not only has the team's success filled the stadium -- the Tigers drew 2.6 million fans this year, the second-highest total in franchise history behind only the 1984 championship team -- but it has kept the stadium open a month longer than normal, meaning an extra two paychecks for thousands of ushers, vendors and parking lot attendants.
Plus, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce estimates the financial impact of the team's postseason run at $73.5 million.
''I can remember when I first came here,'' said Kelly, who grew up in Detroit and came to St. John's five years ago. ``I could schedule events at the church in August, and not have to worry about a conflict with the crowd at a Tiger game.''
Still, it's the intangible benefits that might provide the greatest impact in the long-term.
''From a psychological perspective, I think it helps,'' Kelly said. ``I was there when they clinched [the division series] against the Yankees and people just stood and cheered for maybe an hour. It's tough not to feel good about yourself during something like that.''