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Open Thread: Where should the Grand Prix be held?

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Michelle & Chris Gerard

Welcome to Friday Open Threads, wherein we'll pass the mic to readers to speak up about topics of interest, distress, horror, and more. Have something you want discussed? Let us know. This week’s topic: the Grand Prix on Belle Isle.

Ah, Springtime in Detroit. Time to take advantage of the nice weather, pack up the family, and head over to Belle Isle to enjoy the day and maybe watch the sunset over the city.

Or maybe not.

The Detroit Grand Prix is June 2-4, which means our beloved island park has been in the midst of set-up for the races for the past month. First that means concrete barriers around the road, narrowing the lanes for cars and cyclists. Now, driving on the island, cars are diverted to the left, and the entire western part of the island is blocked off. The Aquarium, Conservatory, and other places are still open; it’s just a maze to get anywhere.

While some enjoy the race, many are upset that the race takes so much time to set up and disrupts an otherwise perfect time to go to the island.

Is there another solution?

The Grand Prix used to be held downtown. Perhaps bringing it back there would shorten the set-up time considerably. Or, maybe organizers could decrease the set-up time on Belle Isle. Is there another location that would work better around the city? There certainly are wide roads everywhere, and plenty of them.

Let us know what you think, readers. Should the Grand Prix remain on Belle Isle? Should it move to a different location? Where should it be? Let use know in the comments.