Detroit purchased Belle Isle in 1879, making it the nation's largest city-owned park. Planned by the designer of New York's Central Park, it remains one of Detroit's most alluring assets. Its deteriorating condition and city's fiscal morass prompted state and city leaders to propose a lease of the island (shown in 1901) to the state, which can better pay for its upkeep.
A coalition of young conservatives has launched a new $1 million initiative in an attempt to keep anti-gay marriage language out the 2016 Republican Party platform. On Wednesday, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry announced the campaign to reform the party platform in a way that would remove the anti-gay language found in five sections of the 2012 document and replace it with language that embraces differing views within the party on same-sex marriage.