May 30, 2014

Detroit Dissolving: "A Hurricane Without Water"

Contrast and compare the years since 2009 in Detroit according to Google and Bing: GooBing Detroit


Survey: Detroit Needs $850 Million Just to Clear Abandoned Homes

With a new wide-ranging survey of every lot and building in Detroit, the once burgeoning Motor City is being told that it will have to spend $850 million to dig itself out of the blight infesting the city. And that is just the first step.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 30, 2014 11:48 AM
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huh. I never woulda thought all them Black folks would be Luddites.

Posted by: chasmatic at May 30, 2014 12:18 PM

Just checked out a Google Earth shot of my old neighborhood in Detroit, and it looked pretty much as I remember it from the late 1960s, when I last lived there. No obvious vacant lots or abandoned buildings, although I did notice a possible chop shop, with numerous cars parked around back. But a snapshot from an orbiting satellite can be deceiving. The place was going down the tubes fast when we left, and my parents knew it. They weren't wrong.

Posted by: waltj at May 30, 2014 12:39 PM

To chasmatic: Saw my old neighborhood at Morang and Moross last year and while my duplex house was still inhabited, the house next dooor was boarded up and broken into. And virtually every other house was trashed too. The street on the west side of Heilman park has become a dumping ground for trash and especially old tires......Instead of relying on unreliable Google, take a personal drive to your old hood.......As a precaution, arm yourself.

Posted by: Denby '68 at May 30, 2014 4:20 PM

So the three on the right STARTED as burn outs in the "before" picture?

Posted by: CaptDMO at May 30, 2014 4:21 PM

What socialism and diversity hath wrought. Next up NYC.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at May 30, 2014 4:39 PM

@Denby: I think I'll pass on the sightseeing tour of my old turf. The last time I drove through the area was as a more-balls-than-brains teenager in the early 1970s, and I got lots of unfriendly stares even then. I doubt the hood has improved any since.

Posted by: waltj at May 30, 2014 6:56 PM

This stuff has been going on for at least the past 50 years all across the country. In the 50's and 60's the area's where *they* lived was small and contained. In the late 60's, with gov't assistance from stolen money, these areas started expanding ever more to consume entire cities in filth, crime, and despair. My old hometown of Fort Myers, FL where I lived as a teen in the late 60's early 70's has been taken over and destroyed by this national cancer. There is no cure for this disease, there is only evisceration. Cut it out, burn it with diesel, bury the ashes 100' deep. Or be destroyed by it. Be strong, face the truth, do what needs done.

Posted by: ghostsniper at May 31, 2014 6:38 AM

This is the perfect opportunity for Michelle O to visit amongst her people and convince them to eat vegetables. Photo ops for her sitting around the oil drum fire listening to the elders talk of times gone by. Celebrating throwing off the chains of White man suppression and being under their own self-rule. Helping the residents build little huts and fashion sandals out of tires.

Posted by: chasmatic at May 31, 2014 8:03 AM

Move NBA headquarters to Detroit, give all the team players free housing, draft choices from among the natives there. Go even further: award free housing to any Black folks that want to live among their own kind. They certainly wouldn't have to put up with Whitey.

I'm certain all the Black actors and artists and a whole bunch of socialists that want the White man to go home would be happy to invest in an all-Black community. Any Black folks that are always expressing their displeasure with White-ruled America would be able, show us how it is done.

Posted by: chasmatic at May 31, 2014 8:17 AM

"This would be a wonderful opportunity to pause for a moment and give thanks for the many great contributions of the Black community and their culture to our society. Their peaceful and generous nature make them ideal neighbors, lending testimony to their exceptional family values and parenting skills unrivaled by any other culture. Their commitment to academic excellence enriches our schools and serves as an example to all who hope to achieve prominence as a people. Real Estate values are fueled by the influx of African Americans into an area due to their caring and respectful nurturing of these communities, an example of all they have achieved by their enthusiasm for self improvement through hard work and a self-reliant can-do nature. Without their industrious and creative drive, we would be poorer, as a nation."

Posted by: billybob at May 31, 2014 12:20 PM

Now that's some creative writin' right there! LOL

Posted by: ghostsniper at May 31, 2014 12:48 PM

billybob: I reckon we just don't know a diamond even if we held it in our hand. I think we do a great disservice to Afro-Americans by not allowing them to form communities of their own kind. In fact I think every effort should be made to provide gated communities for them where they will not be troubled by the likes of Bernhard Goetz or George Zimmerman. Where the night sky will be illuminated not by burning crosses but by the joyful sounds of gospel music from the many churches and evangelical tent meetings. Where dance competitions and fashion shows join the people in soulful solidarity. Factories will be run at capacity, farming will once again be a noble activity, not the "forty acres and a mule" of yesteryear.

"Say it loud: I'm Black and I'm Proud" will be the mantra that defines them as they carve out their rightful place in our society. We will pledge many resources and much manpower to ensure that nobody gains access to this assembly of proud, free, enterprising, and soulful peoples.

Posted by: chasmatic at May 31, 2014 1:20 PM

The sad thing is that with the state of house prices in Detroit, you're better off just abandoning the home and moving somewhere else than trying to sell it. Even if you could manage to sell the house, you will get so little out of it you're barely going to cover all the fees and costs.

That's how bad its gotten.

And people who blame blacks for the state of Detroit are like people who blame blondes for how Nazi Germany turned out. It was a group effort by all sorts of people, for decades. The one group most conspicuously and clearly guilty are the left: Democrats.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at June 2, 2014 7:40 AM

Christopher Taylor is bang on. Lyndon Baines Johnson got the ball rolling to destroy Black family units. Complete, effective families were discouraged by the free money from DC. They got the Black vote for generations, but the cost to families was thousands or millions of lives ruined, with no basic education, no job skills, no work ethic, no work habit, no goals, and lots of free prison time guaranteed. Add in unions that require that their members are 'better' than their non-member neighbors, that demand unions get first crack at available jobs, and are rewarded by contract rather than by product, and more are frozen out of productive lives. Who gets the apprenticeship? Not a brother.
Sad sad. Add in the NEA, Dem supporters all, and you get lifetime 'teachers' that proceed to have a career in ruining others' lifetimes and futures. They may complain their students don't learn, and waste their time. What about the 'graduates' that have been forced through the educational system, haven't learned, and are now sentenced to a LIFETIME of penury or crime because of the D sponsored education system.
Very sad. Lifetimes wasted for votes and re-election of the elite. The public servants of Detroit will get something of their promised pensions after a full career of doing nothing. Politician approved contracts that were fiscally impossible to honor will soon be 'coming to Jesus' as the retirees start to draw.
What cannot last, will not.

Posted by: tpmw at June 2, 2014 9:36 AM

@tpmw, "Lifetimes wasted...."

Individuals CHOOSE to be wasted or not.
No one forced those vermin to accept stolen money.
I have no sympathy for them.

Posted by: ghostsniper at June 3, 2014 8:14 PM