Skip to comments.Forced to live alongside squatter in my Detroit house, woman says. (Peoples Republic of Detroit)
Posted on 10/10/2012 5:24:45 AM PDT by Mikey_1962Edited on 10/10/2012 5:25:30 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
DETROIT -- Heidi Peterson always dreamed of living in a historical home. In May of 2010, she bought one in Detroit's Boston-Edison District for $23,000.
After being away for a year, she said she returned to her house last week and found a woman living there. Peterson learned from neighbors she had been living there for a few months.
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In the first two decades of the last decade Detroit went from 13th largest city to fourth due to tha auto industry.
The development of the Boston-Edison neighborhood paralleled that of the new industry. The rapid phase of growth in the industry began in 1903 with the establishment of the Ford Motor Company and accelerated phenomenally after the advent of the Model T in 1908 and even more so after the introduction of the moving assembly line in 1913/14. Thereafter, growth and profits became astronomical. The Voigt Park Subdivision was already in place to share in the burgeoning automobile-based economy, and significant Detroit residents began moving into Boston-Edison.
Truman Newberry and Henry Joy, major figures in the Packard Motor Car Company, initiated development of the Boston Boulevard and Joy Farms Subdivision, respectively. Boston-Edison became an enclave of automobile pioneers. When Henry Ford elected in 1908 to build his new home on Edison Avenue, other automobile pioneers followed. Mr. Ford's early partner, James Couzens, built a splendid Tudor mansion on Longfellow (1910). James Couzens served as Mayor of Detroit from 1919 to 1922 when he was appointed U.S. Senator; his son Frank, also a resident of the neighborhood, served as Mayor from 1933 to 1937. Four of the Fisher Brothers moved to Boston-Edison as did Charles Lambert (1911) of Regal Motor Car Co., John W. Drake (1911), president of Hupp Motor Car Co., and W. O. Briggs of Briggs Manufacturing Co.
Simultaneously, the Boston-Edison area was also finding favor with prominent members of the increasingly successful mercantile segment of the city's economy. Sebastian Kresge, founder of the S.S. Kresge Company, built a handsome house on extensive grounds in 1914. Subsequently, six other Kresge employees moved to the Boston-Edison area. J.L. Webber, nephew of J.L. Hudson and co-manger of Hudson's Department Store, lived on Edison Avenue.
Now its just sad.
My dad’s people, brothers and cousins, lived in this area and almost all worked for Ford. Some got out before the riots. All had moved away by 1970.
“We’re told Peterson leased the house to tenants in 2010, including this alleged squatter, but had to evict everyone when it was found not fit to live in.”
So she rented to this lady, abandoned it, lady decided to keep the lease and do all this improvement, owner comes back and says HEY, nice job. Now give me my fixed up house.
That being said, it wasn’t squatter lady’s house to get a lien on, the lease has surely expired or was gone when it was deemed unfit.
The owner apparently leased the house to the person that is now the squatter, but had to evict everyone because the house was uninhabitable.
The squatter claims that she fixed the problem, and has a construction lien on the house. But, she also filed a claim with the city, saying the house was "abandoned".
I don't know how much of this is true. In typical form, the reporter didn't bother to check out any of these claims: asking for a copy of the lease, checking for a construction lien (that's public record), or doing basic legwork to determine who is telling the whole truth.
New Orleans didn’t need a Katrina.From what I’ve seen of the city during my visits there combined with what I’ve read about it Detroit desperately *needs* a Katrina...without the deaths,of course.
Yup. Small rural towns are a whole different world where we don’t have the divisions that exist in the city.
Some weeks I’m lucky to see $50 but I have a millionaire next door and we get along fine. He doesn’t owe me a thing and knows I’m not looking to take anything from him.
It is legal in most states to shoot home invaders. Just saying...............
The Boston-Edison district is now going for $23,000? That is (or at least was) one of the few areas in Detroit outside downtown that wasn’t ghetto last I heard.
Adventures of Heidi In Commiland
Right out of pages of a Rusky novel the Peterson girl has her hopes of the American dream dashed.She experiences in a blink of the eye of time ,three years after the Obamo line, the real Detroit and sadly learns the commies have taken over.
Before buying a house about 10 years ago my lawyer called me one day and said there might be a problem.He said that the property's boundaries,as recorded with the county,may be off by a few feet and,as a result,the house next door may be occupying some land that should belong to me when I close.He said it was a problem because of what he called "adverse possession" which,he said,could result in the people next door being able to legally claim the land in question even though they didn't pay for it.
I wonder if the same thing might be in play here.
It’s a common scam to claim you have a lease or have paid rent, though.
It’s also common for con men to rent or lease a house they don’t own.
Looking at the google street view tells me that I wouldn’t want to live there but I’m a rural redneck with no love of even small cities.
Sorry to say it, but this could be said of just about every inner city area that was once white until invaded by blacks. If we are ever allowed to once again tell historical truths in this country, some enterprising author is going to write the full story of what blacks have done to our once -beautiful cities.
That’s not racist. It’s racial — but not racist.
You are corret about NOLA. We visited there years ago and got lost in the "bad part of town". We kept the doors locked for quite a while.
But my neighboring millionaire goes to his home country for one month every year to maintain his foreign citizenship.
But my neighboring millionaire goes to his home country for one month every year to maintain his foreign citizenship.
This is what the squatter said. Affordable housing has always been another word for legalized theft. The want housing they do not have to pay for. If someone else pays for it then it is affordable to them.
This is what America is coming to. Anything you worked for, anything you earned can be stolen from you because that makes it “affordable” to someone else.
What Detroit needs is a refinery and parts businesses to keep it running.
Have part of Keystone run there, let a refinery do some work and feed oil and gas to the midwest.
Plenty of beautiful black neighborhoods were ruined in the same timeframe. It wasn’t race invading the inner cities, but welfare and the Great Society that brought about the decline.
That's what the squatter claims, but the owner disputes that.
Surely the squatter would have a copy of the lease if true.
I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health and the liberties of man. True, they nourish some of the elegant arts, but the useful ones can thrive elsewhere, and less perfection in the others, with more health, virtue and freedom, would be my choice.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Dr. Benjamin Rush, Sep. 23, 1800
While I commend her for her appreciation of those lovely old homes, I think she is very naive to believe she can live in safety as a single young gal in that area of the city. She's also going to have to spend a fortune to rejuvenate that old house, money which she does not appear to have......
“our once-beautiful cities”.
Well... I’ve never seen a city that I thought was beautiful but then, the eye of the beholder and all that.
Eggzackly. Just about all of mankind’s ills are caused by living too close together.
Don’t know if it applies to Detroit, but a lot of cities were destroyed by the “Urban Renewal” project that bulldozed a lot of viable black neighbourhoods and replaced them with government-run slums.
We're also told the alleged squatter filed papers with the city claiming the property was abandoned.
Seems the squatter made a false claim to the city.
Seems she's entitled to other accommodations: a room and 3 squares a day.
In today’s USA, you only think you own property. Ownership really means paying taxes and having liability for what happens. Because you dared to own property, you violated the major tenet of communism - all property must be in the hands of the collectivity. How dare you!
The neat part of anarchy is that it does not always work in favor of the anarchist. For example, if somebody squats in your home, and the law is too feeble to kick them out, then it is also likely too feeble that if you hire somebody to kick them out, to do anything about it.
That is, she should hire some brutes, with instructions that they are to purge the house of the squatters, destroy all their stuff, and if they resist, persuade them that it is unwise to return.
And that they have license to do this as they see fit.
When government does not protect the citizenry from criminals, or worse, when government takes the side of the criminals against the citizenry, vigilantism is the result. And while vigilantism just seeks the restoration of order and non-violence, if the authorities and the criminals resist this restoration of order, it is not the fault of the vigilantes when they must use force to reestablish order.
I some time watch a show about a pawnshop that shows the creeps that live in that city.These people are crazy.I would be scared to live in that city...
Yep, guess beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I grew up in inner city Baltimore in the 1960s. Guess you had to be there to realize what a beautiful city it was. Now, it is largely unfit for human habitation (black or white).
And to the poster who said that black neighborhoods have been destroyed, too — blaming it on things instead of people — sorry, but I have to disagree. It was people who wrought the destruction. In the case of our cities, black people. Unless, of course, you’re saying that a bunch of nasty whites moved into black inner city areas and turned them into sewers. If so, show me the whites who destroyed Detroit.
Really? So where was she for a year? Not saying she shouldn't be able to throw the squatter out if she owns the home, but something about this story seems fishy to me.
Sounds like my situation. I'm using the Internet at
McDonald's to job hunt because I can't afford it at home
right now. Monday when I was here I had coffee with a friend
who owns one of the largest grain storage and transportation
companies in the country.
You say that like she thinks it's a bad thing.
I can quickly take you to a dozen large and small cities in CT with large beautiful houses. You wouldn’t stay the night in any of them. What the left has done to urban life is one of the largest crime ever.
Riding the Amtrak north out of Baltimore (whatever the station there is called), you can see “housing” that I wouldn’t put a dog into.
We don’t even lock our doors around here.
I grew up in New Orleans during the same period and think much the same about that city. It seems that both cities have squandered John McDonogh's generous gifts.
Where I live now the biggest threats are black bears and coyotes. We’ve only seen one mountain lion so I don’t count those. When I walk the dogs I have .44 Vaquero on my hip but it’s not because of the neighbors.
Lots of coyotes around here. Black bears are returning to the area but I haven’t seen any. There are unconfirmed reports of mountain lions.
Why should anyone be entitled to more than a fair shair of square footage living space? We have poor people suffering without homes, so it should only be fair to force those with more square footage than the masterminds deem necessary for happiness to take in the unlucky that has no square footage! That would be a much more fair distribution of shelter!
(is a sarc tag really necessary?)
I’m sure that some marxist has already considered this approach.
Owner says she has no agreement with the squatter, who by the way, is also running for President of the United States. Honest.
Squatter says that she is an affordable housing advocate, and that affordable housing is part of her platform for the Presidency.
We had it in Detroit, we called it Urban Removal.
There is a 25 square block section of Detroit just north of I-94 between Mt Elliot and St Cyril that looks like Nagasaki in Sepetmber of 1945.
I saw a Turkey Vulture and pheasant last time I drove through it.
Dr Zhivago is a great movie, anyone who hasn’t seen it should watch it
RIP Boris Pasternak
in this case, anarchy is only one way. If the woman of means hires thugs like you suggest, she will get sued for millions, and may end up in jail. A woman with nothing steals a house, no one cares.
That is why you are careful when hiring your thugs.
Each year, there are arrests of people who go into dive bars and approach people they think look tough, usually to offer them a pittance to kill their spouse. This almost invariably results in petitioner behind bars, as while they may hang out in dive bars, it does not mean that such people are stupid.
To start with, if a city tolerates squatters in the first place, the police not immediately rousting them, then it is a foolish idea to involve the authorities at all.
Second, if you wanted a major work project done at your home, you would hire a contractor, who in turn would hire the labor of subcontractors. You would not expect a contractor to do the work himself. And the same rule applies here.
This provides at least a minimum of “plausible deniability” to you, in that you never meet or even see those who carry out the work. And they never see you, either. Instead you just supply a large amount of cash money to the contractor, and he handles all the details.
When the work is done, you are far away doing other things. There are no written or phone records to connect you with anyone involved. And hopefully you were discreet enough to not make a large cash withdrawal all at once.
As far as the squatters go, they will likely figure out that the people rousting them are unlikely to be sued, and that if whoever hired them was willing to pay them for that, they are likely to be willing to pay them for even more.
It is just less hassle for the squatters to move on.