Air conditioning was in the news a lot in the Detroit area last week. Along with much of the Midwest, Michigan experienced record-high temperatures the first week of October, reaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit for a couple days before a cold front pushed temperatures almost down 40 degrees.

The contractors installing the rooftop HVAC units at downtown Detroit hotel undergoing a $180 million renovation also made the newspapers and radio. The Detroit News reported Oct. 13 that 10 blocks were closed temporarily last weekend so rooftop ventilation equipment could be hoisted onto the 33-story Book-Cadillac Hotel. The hotel is a Detroit icon that counted presidents and sports stars among its guests until the city's problems in the late 1960s and into the 1970s and 80s led to the former four-star hotel's decline. It closed in 1984, and had long been slated for demolition.

The hotel's comeback, along with three new Detroit casino-hotels and other developments, has many area residents excited about a city that has long faced hard times.

An article on the Book-Cadillac project, including the contractor involved in restoring the copper ornaments on its roof, is scheduled for an upcoming Snips issue.

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