If Detroiters know something, they know about cars, hockey and disappointment. Their experience in all three benefited yesterday when a brand new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss stalled on the ice at Little Caesar's Arena, the new home of the Detroit Red Wings.
Silverado was to make a few rounds of ice during the second breakthrough before it returned to dry land, but unfortunately it was "stuck in the ground" near the center ice crash just as the crew clarified the Zambonis reported by the GM authority dutifully . In the end, the Chevy people could get the vehicle run and trick it out of the ice before the third period began. Fortunately, the wings worked last night and struck St. Louis Blues 4 to 3.
GM announced that it would close five North American plants and deprive 14,000 workers – almost 15 percent of the workforce – earlier this week. Closer includes the Hamtramck Assembly facility a few kilometers north of Little Caesar's Arena. The loss of over 2000 jobs was a big blow for locals, and a brand new Chevy who dies in the arena is just further poetic justice, especially since the venue itself has been a big disappointment as well. New seats in the arena – just over a year old – that changed from red to black, so the TV audience could not figure out how many spots were empty. There have also been problems with the surrounding neighborhoods, despite major promises for reconstruction. From Detroit News:
They were promised five new walkable neighborhoods filled with shops, restaurants and homes. What they've got so far, they say, have been traffic jams, 27 parking lots – some take up blocks – and fewer places to live.
"The arena is pretty, their people are polite, but there's nothing beyond that," said Karen McLeod, an advisory committee member. McLeod has lived in the Cass Corridor for 30 years. She lives two blocks from the venue opened in late 2017.
"Most of our parking space went through its new parking lots and the street parking is pretty much because the city wanted to ensure that the crowds in the arena could go out fast, "said McLeod. A nearby party store where many citizens rely on groceries are now closed because the owners took a $ 3.2 million offer from a substitute developer, she noted.
This Silverado stall was just the decorative toothpick in this tooth steak for a week in Motor City. At least a Red Wings victory gives people in Detroit something to cheer. By looking there is not much else.