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Belle Isle is a 983-acre island in the Detroit River, a city park considered a "jewel" by those who remember its heyday -- when it wasn't in disrepair and a state of neglect. It's landscape was shaped by Frederick Olmstead, who designed New York' Central Park. You can watch Great Lakes freighters slip by on the Canadian side, and the view of downtown Detroit is special.  It embodies the fight over who's going to control Detroit.

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Belle Isle is a 983-acre island in the Detroit River, a city park considered a "jewel" by those who remember its heyday -- when it wasn't in disrepair and a state of neglect. It's landscape was shaped by Frederick Olmstead, who designed New York' Central Park. You can watch Great Lakes freighters slip by on the Canadian side, and the view of downtown Detroit is special. It embodies the fight over who's going to control Detroit.
September 12, 2012
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Detroit Fights Michigan for Control of Fraying Belle Isle
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