dv-ous: Well, eventually they'll run out of vacant buildings.Right?
Dick Gozinya: Actually, Detroit only has one problem:N_ggers./can I buy a vowel?
iheartscotch: dv-ous: Well, eventually they'll run out of vacant buildings.Right?Orrrr... They could spawn a conflagration, it might actually burn down the entire city of Detroit.
Crewmannumber6: They took Cincinnati's police chief, who did a good job there, so things should get better soon.
The Irresponsible Captain: It used to be just the rivers burning in Detroit.
Random Anonymous Blackmail: Rapmaster2000Meh. Ghost towns have existed forever. When your economy relies on one thing be it a mine or auto manufacturing, you're going to rise and fall with that industry.Midwest oil boom towns will be next... give it 20 years.
dv-ous: The Irresponsible Captain: It used to be just the rivers burning in Detroit.That was Cleveland.[farm5.staticflickr.com image 570x432]
thecpt: Did I read that right? A house is $5000?
Nonrepeating Rotating Binary: I've got a cunning plan.We convince the world that we have build the ultimate missile defense/offensive nuclear arsenal/biological terror weapon base right in the middle of Detroit. When the shiat hits the fan (if it ever does), an inordinate amount of enemy resources will be spent attacking Detroit rather than more useful targets.
awalkingecho: thecpt: Did I read that right? A house is $5000?Many of them are, few are over 25,000-30,000.You have to remember it was a city planned for over 2 million people and it's got less than 700,000 in it after the economic decline. The banks just want to recoup some cost. Any cost. Buhler?
EdgeRunner: thecpt: Did I read that right? A house is $5000?It sounds like a sweet deal until you find out how fast it gets burned down. $5000 is awfully high for a week's rent.
"welcome to Detroit. Biatches, leave."
LazerFish: [media.mlive.com image 380x247]Now, now, lay off Detroit. Them people is living in 'Mad Max' times.
Mr. Holmes: [www.cardinalfang.net image 360x254]Our chief weapon is surprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise.... Our two weapons are fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency.... Our *three* weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency...and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope.... Our *four*...no... *Amongst* our weapons.... Amongst our weaponry...are such elements as fear, surprise.... oh, I'll come in again.
Doc Daneeka: Proposal to solve immigration reform and inner-city decay with one stone:Offer a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers provided they reside continuously for an extended period of time in one of these houses in specified areas (in Detroit and other afflicted cities), don't commit any felonies, and pay their taxes. Let them buy the houses with no down-payment.This will staunch the decay of the housing stock (and may even lead to its improvement). It will add to the city's tax base. It will improve neighborhoods - residents attract businesses. It will decrease crime - fewer vacant houses means fewer houses available to be used by druggies and prostitutes.The houses in these areas are so cheap already that it's clear that you can't even give them away. What you need to do is create a strong incentive for (law-abiding) people to buy these houses and occupy them.
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