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The Mayor Of Detroitís Radical Plan To Bulldoze One Quarter Of The City

 
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The Mayor Of Detroitís Radical Plan To Bulldoze One Quarter Of The City


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How do you save a city that is dramatically declining like Detroit? Well, for the mayor of Detroit the answer is simple - you bulldoze one-fourth of the city.



Faced with a 300 million dollar budget deficit and a rapidly dwindling tax base, Detroit finds itself having to make some really hard choices. During the glory days of the 1950s, Detroit was a booming metropolis of approximately 2 million people, but now young people have left in droves and the current population is less than a million.



The true unemployment rate for those still living in Detroit is estimated to be somewhere around 45 to 50 percent, and poverty and desperation have become entrenched everywhere. In many areas of the city, only one or two houses remain occupied an an entire city block. In fact, some areas of Detroit have so many vacant, burned-out homes that they literally look like war zones. And yes, it is true that there are actually some houses in Detroit that you can actually buy for just one dollar. According to one recent estimate, Detroit has 33,500 empty houses and 91,000 vacant residential lots.



So what can be done when an entire city experiences economic collapse?



Well, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing believes that the answer is to downsize on a massive scale. Bing believes that Detroit simply cannot continue to pay for police patrols, fire protection and other essential services for areas that resemble ghost towns.


So his plan is to bulldoze approximately 10,000 houses and empty buildings over the next 3 years and direct new investment into stronger neighborhoods. In the areas that the city plans to bulldoze, the residents would be offered the opportunity to relocate to a better area. For buildings that have already been abandoned, the city could simply use tax foreclosure proceedings to reclaim them. Of course if there were some residents that did not want to move, eminent domain could be used to force them out.


So which areas would be bulldozed and which areas would be left standing? Nobody knows yet, and those decisions could make a lot of people angry. Also, the city of Detroit simply does not have the money to purchase land and relocate residents without federal assistance.
So there are problems.


But other smaller cities are already doing this kind of thing on a smaller scale.


The city of Youngstown, Ohio has been bulldozing a few hundred houses a year since 2005.


Flint, Michigan has already torn down approximately 1,100 houses mostly in outlying areas. The program in Flint was actually the brainchild of Dan Kildee, treasurer of Genesee County, which includes the city of Flint.
In Flint, no residents are forced out of their homes unwillingly. Instead, the city has been buying up houses in more affluent areas of Flint to offer to those in areas that the city wishes to bulldoze. The program in Flint has been so successful that Mr. Kildee has been asked to help implement it in other cities that are in decline.


And there are a whole lot of U.S. cities that are in a serious state of decline - mostly in what is known as "the Rust Belt" of America. Because of reckless U.S. trade policies, the once great U.S. manufacturing base centered in the Rust Belt has been dismantled and those jobs simply are never going to come back.



So now cities like Detroit and Flint are faced with either dealing with the economics of decline or going bankrupt for good. But the truth is that Detroit and Flint are just on the cutting edge of what is happening to America as a whole.


The U.S. is experiencing a very painful economic decline, and what is happening in Detroit and Flint could happen in your city very soon.
Are you ready?
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He is right, and needs to turn it back to it's natural state or use it for farm land!!

The more we go forward, the more we have to go backwards...
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Is that the same Dave Bing, former NBA player?
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why stop at a quarter?
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why stop at a quarter?
 Quoting: malu

Gotta start somewhere.

Who knows, once they start, they might get carried away and keep going until they reach 8 mile
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Is that the same Dave Bing, former NBA player?
 Quoting: de38always 881303

Yep
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Excellent Idea.
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why stop at a quarter?

Gotta start somewhere.

Who knows, once they start, they might get carried away and keep going until they reach 8 mile
 Quoting: Art Deco



i don't know detroit very well, but i would assume there is a historic area with some very cool old buildings, i hope they can spare that stuff

but when a large section of your city is a ghost town, it attracts nothing but trouble. green areas would be a good idea, to counter the brown belt

Last Edited by malu on 03/09/2010 09:22 PM
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Any of this viewable on google maps--steet view?
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He is right, and needs to turn it back to it's natural state or use it for farm land!!

The more we go forward, the more we have to go backwards...
 Quoting: Healthy1 845021

Yes, it is one of the few times I have agreed with him.
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The only people left in Detriot are the Chronic Welfare babies. They only reason the stay in Detroit is for the free govt check.

Hardwork and entrapanuership is king in Detroit! O wait, not its not. Govt handouts are king!

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why stop at a quarter?

Gotta start somewhere.

Who knows, once they start, they might get carried away and keep going until they reach 8 mile



i don't know detroit very well, but i would assume there is a historic area with some very cool old buildings, i hope they can spare that stuff

but when a large section of your city is a ghost town, it attracts nothing but trouble. green areas would be a good idea, to counter the brown belt
 Quoting: malu

There are some very cool old buildings around downtown. There were more, but years of neglect has done them in.

It's too bad they couldn't be restored to their former glory, to show what once was, and what maybe, could be again; quite literally, a Phoenix rising from the ashes.
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The demise of the city was deliberate and intentional. Bing is nothing but a cog in the McNamara Machine. The whole state of Michigan is rotten to the core.
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Ive been saying Houston should bulldoze all the shit box house neighborhoods that were thrown up over the past 5 years or so. You know the ones that were built by drunk illegal aliens with staple guns and tape?
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Ive been saying Houston should bulldoze all the shit box house neighborhoods that were thrown up over the past 5 years or so. You know the ones that were built by drunk illegal aliens with staple guns and tape?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 687755

I forgot to add and turn them back to the farm land they were before the shit boxes were on them. They really wasted some very fertile grazing land for cattle and growing land for sugar cane and cotton.
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GOVERNMENTS reckless financial policies has destroyed our people . MAUFACTORNG INDUSTRY AND INDUSTRIALS WAS OUR BACK BONE . NOT FANCY JOBS BUT OUR PEOPLE RAISED A FAMILY ON THEM JOBS. NOW EVRRY ONE HAS A COLLEGE DEGREE TO SHIFT PAPER ROUND AND ARE NOW UNEMPLOYABLE .WITH MOUTAINS OP STUDENT LOAN DEBTS .
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Ive been saying Houston should bulldoze all the shit box house neighborhoods that were thrown up over the past 5 years or so. You know the ones that were built by drunk illegal aliens with staple guns and tape?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 687755

OMG, I was in Houston a few weeks ago. You are so right.

Houston reminded me of Detroit, but without the charisma
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YES!!! This is the only possible solution for Detroit!!

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We all read this and joke and say what a great idea it is because Detroit is such a hell hole, but I think it is important that we step back and realize what we are witnessing. Events like these are historic, it took decades to build that city and now a large portion could easily be bulldozed? It fascinating and unbelievable at the the same time. And yet still not unexpected.
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It is all about wasting resourses (or not, as you please).

Why let extremely expensive heavy equipment lay around unused. There is a LOT of high quality steel in even one small bulldozer. I say fire them muthers up and get some return on investment!
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Why can't Detroit and these other rust belt cities subsidize people who have lost their homes/jobs in other areas to move there, and participate in a rebuilding and revitalization program.

Selling people houses cheap enough that they can afford them, then sweat equity to fix them up, and as people move in, services, groceries, etc., are going to be needed again. If the house is cheap enough and safe that it will attract decent people who WANT a home, even if it means living on SSD (which they can do if their house is paid for - or nearly so) it might be a way to rebuild the city.

I remember when townhouses in Dupont Circle in DC could be had for a pittance and now they're worth millions twenty years later!
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The demise of the city was deliberate and intentional. Bing is nothing but a cog in the McNamara Machine. The whole state of Michigan is rotten to the core.
 Quoting: Hannah


i totally disagree with that statement. michigan has a lot of natural beauty, plenty of woods and clean rivers, surrounded by the great lakes, four seasons , which gives a lot of variety.

i love michigan. the beaches on lake michigan are as nice as any i have been in the country.
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bump
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Why can't Detroit and these other rust belt cities subsidize people who have lost their homes/jobs in other areas to move there, and participate in a rebuilding and revitalization program.

Selling people houses cheap enough that they can afford them, then sweat equity to fix them up, and as people move in, services, groceries, etc., are going to be needed again. If the house is cheap enough and safe that it will attract decent people who WANT a home, even if it means living on SSD (which they can do if their house is paid for - or nearly so) it might be a way to rebuild the city.

I remember when townhouses in Dupont Circle in DC could be had for a pittance and now they're worth millions twenty years later!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 642285



sweat equity?

welfare capital of the world

poster city for socialism

residents know nothing but handouts

nuke it
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anyone here the story/conspiracy about detroit's population being 'influenced' back in the post-segregation days? just what a relative from there was talking about ages ago.
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Nuke the place.
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The demise of the city was deliberate and intentional. Bing is nothing but a cog in the McNamara Machine. The whole state of Michigan is rotten to the core.


i totally disagree with that statement. michigan has a lot of natural beauty, plenty of woods and clean rivers, surrounded by the great lakes, four seasons , which gives a lot of variety.

i love michigan. the beaches on lake michigan are as nice as any i have been in the country.
 Quoting: malu

No kidding!

Once you get out of the tri county area, and get into the "real" Michigan, it's an incredibly beautiful state.

From the powerful serene beauty of its great lakes, inland lakes, rivers and streams, that makes summers so enjoyable to the multicolor explosions of the fall leaves, Michigan is full of beauty and enjoyment.

It truly is a sportsman's paradise; hell, it's a paradise for anyone.

Even in winter, Michigan has its own austere beauty.

The majority of Michigan is as beautiful as Detroit is ugly.

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The sad part is a lot of those buildings were probably very well constructed by contemporary standards.
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It is a very good plan.

And what is with the extreme racial hatred on this site? They are human beings not animals.
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