Burn them down.
12,000 abandoned homes equates to 48,000 Democratic votes.
Good point, I'll bet every one of those homes is occupied on election day.
That's what "Devil's Night" is for.
"12,000 abandoned homes equates to 48,000 Democratic votes."
But at least those dead people moving to the 'burbs can't vote anymore.
We used to, then someone had the brilliant idea to gather up volunteers on Devil's Night and stop the arsonists. They call it Angel's Night now. I wish the angels had applied themselves to voting out King Kwame and the circus act that is the city council, but there's no end to that freak show in sight.
It may be a little known fact outside the metro area, but one of the major tentpoles of Detroit's economy is the sale of scrap metal. Copper wiring and plumbing, sewer grates, etc. The abandonment of these houses opens up Detroit's rich vista of mineral wealth to our entrepreneurial scrappers.
Friends don't let friends live in Detriot or is that Cleveland?
Detroit. Cleveland has a better public transit system and is better-integrated with the suburbs. It's got lower crime. No notable fires since that unfortunate event with the river. Better academic and cultural community. Great Lakes Brewing Company. (Michigan doesn't even allow microbrewers to bottle their product!)
I'd feel comfortable living in downtown Detroit if I had a car and a CCW, but there's many places in Cleveland where I'd feel comfortable even without a car or a firearm. I wouldn't recommend anyone with a family live in Detroit.