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Bill Ford Tells Duggan The Biggest Mistake The Family Made With Detroit Lions

Duggan repeated the conversation during DDP meeting

June 12, 2018 - 11:07 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - It was the biggest mistake the Ford family has ever made in regards to the Detroit Lions. 

"The biggest mistake our family ever made was moving the Lions to Pontiac," Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says Bill Ford told him in November of 1995. "If you could put this deal together where we and the Tigers could share space we'd be willing to bring the team back down."

The Detroit Lions announced in 1996 they'd be moving back to the city.

During a conversation with Downtown Detroit Partnership CEO Eric Larson about the future of Detroit - Duggan dipped into the past. He said he was shocked by Ford's admission regarding the Lions and the Pontiac Silverdome. 

The Pontiac Silverdome was home to the Detroit Lions from 1975-2001 and the Detroit Pistons from 1978-1988, hosting Super Bowl XVI in 1982 and several first-round games during the World Cup in 1994.

Then Duggan returned back to the future. 

The next hot thing coming to the city according to Duggan?

Scooters. 

"It's the damnedest thing - it's taken off in San Francisco and Denver - so this company, it's similar to MoGo, except there's no stands, the scooters are anywhere and you swipe your card and if you are a registered member - they charge you .15 cents a minute - you ride the scooter - except they drop the scooter anywhere."

He says the MoGo bikes around town are a success "so now I've got a team of people who are putting together a policy - it's a matter of time - but you are going to see in a year or two people zipping around town in scooters," says Duggan. 

The overarching theme from the DDP centered around the growth in the downtown area including a new building on the site of the old Hudson's store, the anniversary of the Q-Line and thousands of apartment units on the horizon.