Skip to comments.Detroit in ruins
Posted on 01/02/2011 9:37:18 AM PST by hcmama
Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre's extraordinary photographs documenting the dramatic decline of a major American city
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And yet... I was there last summer visiting a couple of suburbs just miles away where I lived in the 50s. Neither more than middle-class then, they're obviously a bit wealthier now -- even the cookie-cutter houses I remember from one then-new mass development have been cared for, improved and differentiated.
Does seem to be a prime area for salvaged material.
Comerica Bank moved its headquarters to Dallas in 2007 after 158 years in Detroit. One has to wonder when General Motors and other remaining Detroit businesses will be making a similar move. Very sad situation for a great city.
Assuming you did get permission, your cost basis as a result of extortion, ransoms, armored convoys, 360 security, combat pay, insurance, and care for your wounded ON TOP OF salvage costs would make profitability an impossibility.
More likely however, in all seriousness, your request to do this work would be turned into a racial issue by the powers-that-be in Detriot and the MSM.
Your resources would be better spent raising the Titanic and making her seaworthy once again.
Not everyone is fit for self-rule. Maybe there should be a rule that says, “If you can’t feed, clothe and shelter yourself, you should not have any part in selecting leaders for yourself or others.”
“The guy I bought them from had a big tank full of stripper and he just submerged the entire door.”
That’s awesome! Enjoy!!!
Federal “urban renewal” or “affordable housing” funds should no longer go to such former “cities”. The money would be better spent helping residents escape/migrate to the areas with the lowest unemployment rates, best business climates, lowest taxes, most naturally affordable housing markets, etc - none of which would be Liberal run cities.
But the left oouldn't keep their meddling hands off -- their voters wanting to "do good", their leaders wanting to command the votes of a dependent class.
To tell the truth, I don't believe Bull Connor would've wanted for the blacks what has been visited upon them by the liberals.
This is about 2 miles further out. In the mid-late 50s it was a brand-new development of cheaply-built cookie-cutter single-family homes, each with a sapling in the middle of the front yard, for a newly-prosperous middle class. I can't tell which one I lived in, and it might not even be in this picture. It's still not fancy, but these 50 - 60 year old houses are not falling apart.
What a contrast to nearby Detroit. *Something* made a huge difference.
That’s an excellent point that I had not considered. Yuk!
People (and institutions and corporations) just walked away from them when either a.) the taxes became too burdensome and/or b.) city services (police, fire) collapsed.
There was no market within the county for the fixtures which were left behind.
What city are these houses located in? They could be in many old neighborhoods in Houston.
Outside the county, then, or outside the country. The picture book has been out for some time - I’ve seen the images on FR before. Fine enough pieces, or large enough quantities, would make the cost of dismantling and transportation reasonable.
Others up the thread, however, have suggested reasons why it’s all still sitting there ...
They already have. Red Dawn II was shot in Detroit.
My guess: All of those places were seized and are now owned by the county or city -- for non-payment of taxes.
To remove anything from those derelict buildings would make one subject to arrest and a probable felony charge.
And the city/county doesn't have the presence of mind (or the ability) to organize a "garage sale"...
Who gonna collect mah welfare?
Pay fo my Cadillac?
Pleasant Ridge/Ferndale and Clawson.
Course, Mommy has $$$$$ of earmarks stashed offshore........ question is whether she will share it with the Bottomless Pit——sonny boy Kwame.
I can probably build an army to protect my farm (plenty of available manpower), unfortunately I would have to look into serious cash crop (opium) to make this farm profitable. It would end up looking like the farms in Cambodia.
Why not? Detroit looks like Phnom Penh post-Killing Fields.
A tree’s known by it’s fruit...
Detroit’s the fruit of liberal ideas...
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From the 1977 classic, KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE - No, not Detroit!
Thanks for the compliment, you’re very kind to an old man. But no, I am not a writer either professional or amateur, just an old retired salesman with a lot of miles on my clock.
Hope is always a good thing, and perhaps your's will be fulfilled. At my age I won't live to see a reversal of the current drift toward 2nd or even 3rd world status for America, if by the grace of God it is reversed, but I can and do pray for a brighter future for America and my grandkids.
As a devout Christian I don't believe the US can be saved from eventual collapse into economic and social disaster unless our people return to honoring and worshiping the Christian God of our Founding Fathers. The liberal revisionists who claim that those great men were mostly deists, and even some atheists, who wanted Christian principles and practices totally excluded from the government they created are God-hating liars. Yes, a few of those men were merely deists, and at least one prominent patriot, Paine, was an atheist. But the majority were God-honoring Christian patriots, and some were Christian pastors, Patrick Henry for one example, and that is the verifiable truth. You can read some of the painstakingly researched history of those men compiled by Wallbuilders (http://www.wallbuilders.com/) to get verifiable, factual information about them and their beliefs, much of which is in their own words.
If words on paper have meaning the fact is that the US government was established on Christian principles primarily by God fearing Christian patriots who knew that God only blesses those nations who honor and bless His Son.
Well, some parts certainly do. There are still some nice places, if you know where to look...and you don't plan to stay too terribly long after sunset...
I think with all the really bad stuff the local cops have to worry about you could just pull up a stake side truck with four or five men and just gut the place.
Since no one cares to do something now then at least let some remodelers have at it and gain something from the mayhem.
Newark, NJ is like that; they try to keep the consumers there after they get out of work (or draw others in who don’t work there), but they know better. After dark all bets are off; if there is a high profile event there are more police than attendees.
I worked in downtown Detroit for a few months, my first day, my boss sat me down and said “Rule #1 - You are NOT to be in this building past 4:30, make sure you are on the road by then.”
When I went to school in Newark, NJ we were advised that if we were there at night, we should slow down at red lights, look both ways, then proceed...
The lost city of detroit
This is what should be on Rush’s website and on Hanity and even on Cavuto
I spent an evening driving around Detroit on Google street scenes.
There are entire neighborhoods of vacant lots where houses once stood, then a small cluster of a few homes then nothing again. It has the appearance of being rural but it’s within 15 minutes drive time of downtown.
The commercial areas have more boarded up stores than operating stores.
It’s the future of a lot of cities in this country.
Check out these real estate listings in Detroit. It’s surreal.
Yeah, well Detroit might be in ruins but they just got $49 million to buy 40,000 lap tops and 5,000 desk top computers for students, all from the stimulus money.
WOW! $200 for a fixer upper “fire damaged” house?!
$1000 for a luxury condo?
I bet that condo for $1000 has $800/mo. taxes and $600/mo. condo fee.
Interesting stats on Detroit from Wiki:
Of the top 10 employers in the city, six are public (state/local/fed/university)
Public jobs constitute 66% of the top 10 employers.
Detroit has lost 1/2 it’s population since 1950.