"Comeback city" fits parts of Detroit in some ways, but doesn't apply to an eight-year tradition. The year-end lighted ball drop isn't coming back to downtown, at least not this Dec. 31.
For the second straight New Year's Eve, Detroit's version of the Times Square ball drop in New York won't happen, though it had drawn tens of thousands of spectators.
"Organizers say sponsorship funding, scheduling and other logistical issues are to blame for the 2019 cancellation," Fox 2 News posts. "Last year organizers blamed timing and space problems."
A tradition of dropping a ball with a neon-lit "D" at midnight began in 2010 at Campus Martius. "The Drop" moved to Beacon Park in 2017 to allow more room for crowds, bands and heated tents with games and refreshments.
More than 36,000 people attended the 2016 drop, according to the Free Press.