Unstoppable Matty

I’ve been trying to find a map or full list of Matty Maroun’s property holdings in Detroit, but so far have not had much luck. Here is some of the information I have found out:

Manuel “Matty” Maroun:

  • Owns 625 parcels in Detroit, many purchased in Wayne County’s annual tax foreclosure sale for as little as $500
  • Is the largest private-property owner in MI
  • Is 83 years old
  • Owns 400 vacant/dilapidated buildings, which are believed to discourage jobs and investments from coming to MI
  • Owns the Ambassador Bridge, and is the only private owner of a border crossing between the U.S. and Canada
  • Wants to build another bridge like the Ambassador and is suing to stop construction of the Detroit River International Crossing; a proposed publicly owned bridge
As I search on to find the property holdings of this man, and try to make a connection between them, I’m sure to come across many more articles like the following, written by the angry majority, who just want better for their city.

“You have to have a certain amount of grudging admiration for Matty Moroun, sort of like you do for crabgrass or those zombies in the low-budget horror flicks we used to watch as kids, when we should have been running around getting fresh air and exercise.

Matty takes a licking; has holes blown through him, is exposed and denounced, and he keeps staggering on, as only a true zombie can, toward the goal of twinning his Ambassador Bridge, or at least preventing a new, internationally owned one from being built.”

– Read more at http://www2.metrotimes.com/news/story.asp?id=14725


About detroitisazombie

Master of Architecture student at Newschool of Architecture and Design in San Diego, CA. Born and raised in America's high-five state and beginning my thesis work on the revitalization of my favorite city, Detroit. This blog will log my research, discovery, and project evolution. http://www.linkedin.com/in/lrodarch84 View all posts by detroitisazombie

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