After the people have vanished and all the candy has been eaten, Michigan Central Station still stands. In the heart of Corktown, hundreds of community members flocked to MCS to celebrate Halloween last Wednesday.

Little goblins wandered around the iconic building not aware of the rich history that they were stepping into, while their parents marveled in its greatness.

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Attendees were in for a real treat since this may be the last event open to the public before Ford Motor Company plans to remodel the infrastructure.

Ford hosted the Halloween party as an “olive branch” offering to the Southwest/Corktown community.

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“The goal was to bring residents from the impact area and Ford employees together for a fun Halloween celebration,” said Cortnie Squirewell, project manager, Ford Motor Company. “ Ford understands the importance of being a good neighbor.”

LaMarco Pettiway lives in the surrounding area and couldn’t believe that he was able to party inside the once dilapidated train station.

“I jumped at the opportunity to be able volunteer for this event. I love the high ceilings and designs,” Pettiway said. “I hope I get another chance to come to an event here before all the work happens. It would be nice to put a restaurant in here.”

While some may have only looked at the train station as the ultimate backdrop for a spooky Halloween party, MCS will be the building to help revive the community.

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“Corktown is going to be the hub for autonomous vehicles, how we recruit talent and how we add to the resurgence of the city,” said Shawn H. Wilson, former Manager of Multicultural Community Engagement at Ford Motor Company.

 

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Kyla Heat

Kyla’s family and friends describe her as a walking Encyclopedia when it comes to everything pop culture, beauty, fitness and fashion. Kyla knew she wanted to be a writer when she began writing short stories and poems for her family. A true Michigander at heart, Kyla graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in journalism and attended Specs Howard School of Media Arts. Along the way, she has interviewed everyone from, Idris Elba, Kerry Washington, Jack Kevorkian, Robert Kennedy Jr., Joel Osteen, Russell Simmons and Wiz Khalifa. After a stint working at a psychic shop and producing shows for an all talk radio station on iHeartRadio, Kyla landed at The Detroit News, working as an editorial assistant and reporter. She worked at PBS Detroit, as a social media manager before joining the Urban Content Studios team. When she is not writing, Kyla likes to spend time with family, shop and compete in fitness bikini competitions.

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