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(CNN)   Cool: To encourage people to move there, city just a half-hour's commute from downtown Chicago is selling homes for just $1. It's a Trap: It's Gary, IN where most residents dream of one day escaping and moving somewhere nice, like Detroit   (money.cnn.com) divider line 91
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2013-08-21 09:20:57 PM
THX 1138:

/best I could do with MS-Paint

I got this signed by Vince Coleman, he knows all about the tarp.

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2013-08-21 09:21:46 PM

Paris1127: [www.youjustmademylist.com image 465x384]
This is how Gary greets people driving from Chicago. It's accurate, as Gary is a bit of a sh*thole... Seriously, you can smell it from way before the sign.


to be fair: the smell of human excrement is probably a welcome diversion from the typical stench of Gary.
 
2013-08-21 09:22:54 PM
There is still plenty of work in Gary besides selling crack and weed. US Steel Gary works is still going as strong as any mill in the USA. I am a heavy equipment mechanic and travel throughout NWI and the southside of Chicago.
It's a farked up area but that is where I grew up so I am used to it. For 5 yearz I worked in San Bernardino and I thought it was a nice area. Sometimes I work for my Detroit branch and I think it's not that bad.
 
2013-08-21 09:23:08 PM
Gary Indiana.... yeah, right.

When we moved out of that war zone, our house was one of the last on the block that hadn't been burglarized yet.

In August 1971.
 
2013-08-21 09:26:52 PM

Jument: GoodHomer: Jument: RepoManTSM: Gary is the only city I've driven through that I could smell with the windows closed in my car.

To be fair, any industrial town is like that. There's a town in Ontario with a pulp and paper mill (or used to be when I was a kid) the absolutely stank every single time we drove through it.

Would that be Thorold, Dryden, or Espanola?

Ding ding! Espanola is the town I was trying to remember.


I often drive there for work, it's not that bad. Temiscaming in Quebec usually doesn't smell very much either. I've been in Thurso, Qc twice now and THAT was bad.
 
2013-08-21 09:36:53 PM
I was born and raised in Chicago. Not exactly--when I was just a baby the family moved to a northern suburb, but I can legitimately say that I was born in the South Side of Chicago, in the baddest part of town...you know how it goes.
Anyway, there were occasionally reasons to be southward (e.g. White Sox games) and there was always this smell. MY parents would just say "that's Gary." This was the 1960s.
 
2013-08-21 09:44:33 PM
Ah yes, I remember the first time I drove PAST Gary; had to roll up the window in my '72 VW Bug to cut the stench, somewhat....
 
2013-08-21 09:49:32 PM

Jument: RepoManTSM: Gary is the only city I've driven through that I could smell with the windows closed in my car.

To be fair, any industrial town is like that. There's a town in Ontario with a pulp and paper mill (or used to be when I was a kid) the absolutely stank every single time we drove through it.

But yes, from what I have heard, Gary make Detroit look like paradise.


My ex-fiance lived in Green Bay. First time I met her folks, her mother says to me, "that smell you noticed coming up through the Fox River Valley? To us, that smells like money!!" Okay then. Still miss her. FML...
 
2013-08-21 09:53:33 PM

merrillvillain: There is still plenty of work in Gary besides selling crack and weed. US Steel Gary works is still going as strong as any mill in the USA. I am a heavy equipment mechanic and travel throughout NWI and the southside of Chicago.
It's a farked up area but that is where I grew up so I am used to it. For 5 yearz I worked in San Bernardino and I thought it was a nice area. Sometimes I work for my Detroit branch and I think it's not that bad.


You ever do any work at Severstal?

/used to work in the blast fce
 
2013-08-21 10:02:44 PM
www.jackson5abc.com

Approves.
 
2013-08-21 10:10:03 PM

Eps05: Jument: GoodHomer: Jument: RepoManTSM: Gary is the only city I've driven through that I could smell with the windows closed in my car.

To be fair, any industrial town is like that. There's a town in Ontario with a pulp and paper mill (or used to be when I was a kid) the absolutely stank every single time we drove through it.

Would that be Thorold, Dryden, or Espanola?

Ding ding! Espanola is the town I was trying to remember.

I often drive there for work, it's not that bad. Temiscaming in Quebec usually doesn't smell very much either. I've been in Thurso, Qc twice now and THAT was bad.


There used to be a great German restaurant in Espanola at the TransCanada highway intersection. I don't know if it's there any more, but me and the wife would make it a point to stop there on road trips.
 
2013-08-21 10:11:09 PM
On a road trip with my ex, we decided to stop outside Chicago for the night so we didn't have to pay city prices for a hotel. We were exhausted and found the first hotel that didn't look like a crack den. Turned out that hotel was in Gary, pretty scary night of sleep there. We ended up getting the hell out of there as soon as the sun came up.
 
2013-08-21 10:20:27 PM
Either Subby is a really doomistic type person and can only see the bad side of things, or he/she is Fail at reading comprehension
There seems to be nothing but a Win/Win thing about this
Subby sucks
Probably very miserable with being who they are, thus and with life
 
2013-08-21 10:49:32 PM

RepoManTSM: Gary is the only city I've driven through that I could smell with the windows closed in my car.


That's not special. You just don't travel much. You may think you do, but I assure you you're wrong. Plenty of places have that same... charm.
 
2013-08-21 11:03:47 PM

RepoManTSM: Gary is the only city I've driven through that I could smell with the windows closed in my car.


Try driving past Harris Ranch on I-5 some time.
 
2013-08-21 11:11:25 PM

anfrind: RepoManTSM: Gary is the only city I've driven through that I could smell with the windows closed in my car.

Try driving past Harris Ranch on I-5 some time.


Try Brooks, Alberta.
 
2013-08-21 11:22:03 PM
The hell kind of fialure can even take adan... "advantage" of such a sale? A piece of trash city with piece of garbage houses and pieces of shiat people. Nah, I'lll pass.
 
2013-08-21 11:31:33 PM

RaiderFanMikeP: can someone please buy up like 20 square blocks and get an A-10 and AC-130 to mow the whole place down to the ground..  could be a pay per view event..  the cleanup afterwards can be a MOAB drop


I like this idea. Plus you can get federal funding because the cost of the munitions can be considered "economic stimulus." Know any congressmen?
 
2013-08-21 11:41:33 PM
half-hour's commute from downtown Chicago

At two in the morning, maybe. 

anfrind: RepoManTSM: Gary is the only city I've driven through that I could smell with the windows closed in my car.

Try driving past Harris Ranch on I-5 some time.


Stickney on the Stevenson when the temperature is in the 90s.
 
2013-08-22 12:14:22 AM
There's a nice aroma around the paper mills near Brunswick, GA too.

I've been to Gary and Detroit, but I avoid them both. It's so depressing to think those were once vibrant communities.
 
2013-08-22 12:18:08 AM
We get stuck driving through Gary a few times a year. No farking thanks.
 
2013-08-22 12:20:42 AM

twiztedjustin: I can't think of Gary, Indiana without thinking about a gun barrel being pressed against a pyromaniac's anus.


For some reason I thought that was further west... in Coors country.
 
2013-08-22 12:25:32 AM
I regularly see Gary from the train passing through.  It's crazy the amount of maintenance that has been "deferred" there.

There are block and blocks of alleys and streets that haven't been maintained in years.  So much so that they're going back to nature.  Some of the alleys are impassable because the trees have taken them back.

It's like some kind of Discovery Channel "what if" show -- but real.
 
2013-08-22 12:26:34 AM

Fark It: half-hour's commute from downtown Chicago

At two in the morning, maybe.  anfrind: RepoManTSM: Gary is the only city I've driven through that I could smell with the windows closed in my car.

Try driving past Harris Ranch on I-5 some time.

Stickney on the Stevenson when the temperature is in the 90s.


Or driving past Terre Haute pretty much ever
 
2013-08-22 12:35:26 AM

reaperducer: I regularly see Gary from the train passing through.  It's crazy the amount of maintenance that has been "deferred" there.

There are block and blocks of alleys and streets that haven't been maintained in years.  So much so that they're going back to nature.  Some of the alleys are impassable because the trees have taken them back.

It's like some kind of Discovery Channel "what if" show -- but real.


Just hitting google maps I noticed the same. Some of those roads haven't had a fresh layer of asphalt in years. The freeze-thaw cycle breeds potholes pretty fast, so I can't say for sure but it's clear they they only resurface a few roads in town.
 
2013-08-22 01:17:53 AM
Gary IN smells  .  .  .  bad.
 
2013-08-22 01:54:50 AM
I need a new address. Might pay rent for 6 months to establish residency and then do this crazy thing. I drive over the road and frequently end up in the Chicago area, it is handier than many other places for me
 
2013-08-22 02:27:35 AM

Jument: RepoManTSM: Gary is the only city I've driven through that I could smell with the windows closed in my car.

To be fair, any industrial town is like that. There's a town in Ontario with a pulp and paper mill (or used to be when I was a kid) the absolutely stank every single time we drove through it.

But yes, from what I have heard, Gary make Detroit look like paradise.


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It's true.   Vault 108 has seen better days.
 
2013-08-22 02:32:18 AM

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: merrillvillain: There is still plenty of work in Gary besides selling crack and weed. US Steel Gary works is still going as strong as any mill in the USA. I am a heavy equipment mechanic and travel throughout NWI and the southside of Chicago.
It's a farked up area but that is where I grew up so I am used to it. For 5 yearz I worked in San Bernardino and I thought it was a nice area. Sometimes I work for my Detroit branch and I think it's not that bad.

You ever do any work at Severstal?

/used to work in the blast fce


Never worked at the Serverstal near Dearborn. Most of my work is at the 3 US Steel plants in the region (Gary works,
EC Tin, and Midwest) and the mills bought by Mittal which consist of the old LTV Steel, Inland Steel, Bethlehem Steel, and Acme Steel. There are a few smaller places that run electric arc furnaces that I also work at.  My specialty is overhead cranes (EOT cranes) and that keeps me busy along Lake Michigan.

It's a great feeling watching a 450 ton ladle full of molten metal bridging through a BOF.
My family has been in the steel industry for four generations and we take great pride in the tradition of
making steel in this area. This line of work is not for everyone --

This is one of the few times I have something relevant to post. I will go back to lurking and read
post after post of computer/programming/IT  folks complaining that Beth from accounting jammed the
Xerox machine again.
 
2013-08-22 04:55:10 AM
Funny, thing, subby ... I once knew a guy who did indeed move to Detroit from Gary and he most certainly did indeed believe that it was a major step up in the world.
 
2013-08-22 06:21:58 AM
He made this city. Now he can take it back.
www.nwigs.org
 
2013-08-22 07:18:56 AM

madcitymac: Jument: RepoManTSM: Gary is the only city I've driven through that I could smell with the windows closed in my car.

To be fair, any industrial town is like that. There's a town in Ontario with a pulp and paper mill (or used to be when I was a kid) the absolutely stank every single time we drove through it.

But yes, from what I have heard, Gary make Detroit look like paradise.

My ex-fiance lived in Green Bay. First time I met her folks, her mother says to me, "that smell you noticed coming up through the Fox River Valley? To us, that smells like money!!" Okay then. Still miss her. FML...


That would be Kaukauna. I live near there, and if the wind comes out of the north east, it can be strong. But over the years I've kind of gotten used to it.
 
2013-08-22 07:20:52 AM
In the early-mid 90s, Warren Ellis used to haunt Usenet and infrequently participate in the various comics groups therein. At one point he was about to make his first trip to the Midwest (perhaps his first to America, I don't recall) and the subject of where to visit and where not to visit arose.

In the "not" category I described Gary as a post-apocalyptic, Burton-Gotham-esque hell hole with fire in the sky by night and smoke and stink permiating the air by day

His response was "Perhaps there's somewhere in America worth visiting, after all."
 
2013-08-22 07:48:33 AM
If it actually came with no caveat and I could tear some of them down and build a single house on a group of four lots (or more) I'd be all-in.  Looking for a place to retire up in the midwest.   Gary is close to the lake and everything that makes the Chicago area fun but IS downwind of lake effect snow!  I'd want room for a garden, couple nice apple trees, two or three hand built gazebos and a nice six bedroom, four closet bath, one hot-tub heavy bathing room house.  (meaning four closets with shower, sink, toilet and one large room with two or three old lion-foot tubs and a central hot-tub with curtain dividers)

Am sure Gary would welcome that on the tax rolls.
 
2013-08-22 11:15:42 AM
merrillvillain:
/region rat
//loves the region
third slashie stolen and sold for scrap


A relative of mine grew up near Ellsworth and W 83rd in the 50s-60s and graduated from Merrillville High a year early just to get away, so I'm getting a real kick out of... your fark handle.

/Independence Hill FTW
//I have fond memories of visiting Teibel's as a child
 
2013-08-22 12:52:08 PM
Personally, I think that before you start introducing money and rehabilitation into the mix, you need to declare the area under martial law. Invoke curfews and heavy patrolling + police and/or National Guard presence. Once the area has been sanitized, then little by little start building the community back up. Nobody wants to live somewhere that is unsafe.
 
2013-08-22 01:23:47 PM

prjindigo: If it actually came with no caveat and I could tear some of them down and build a single house on a group of four lots (or more) I'd be all-in.  Looking for a place to retire up in the midwest.   Gary is close to the lake and everything that makes the Chicago area fun but IS downwind of lake effect snow!  I'd want room for a garden, couple nice apple trees, two or three hand built gazebos and a nice six bedroom, four closet bath, one hot-tub heavy bathing room house.  (meaning four closets with shower, sink, toilet and one large room with two or three old lion-foot tubs and a central hot-tub with curtain dividers)

Am sure Gary would welcome that on the tax rolls.



And I'm sure that all your new neighbors would welcome plundering your garden, trees, copper wiring, and anything else you got.

Isn't it horrifying that the entire rest of the country isn't just like Gary?
 
2013-08-22 02:56:49 PM
http://www.traileraddict.com/clip/the-music-man/gary-indiana


dammit gonna be stuck in my head all day...
 
2013-08-22 05:31:56 PM
I wonder if they'll pull a Detroit on these suckers... umm, home buyers;

City offers homes for minimal price
City drops requirement to pay back taxes
Buy house
Spend X dollars on improvements
City suddenly says you now DO have pay a bazillion dollars in back taxes
Walk away and lose your investment
 
2013-08-22 09:32:43 PM
Fark y'all dissing Gary. There are hell holes, yes. Matter, of fact, everything west of I65 is a hellhole. But east of I65 is Miller Beach, and that is a pretty cool place. And it's Gary, IN. So yep, fark y'all. Wells Street Beach rocks.
 
2013-08-22 09:37:43 PM
Oh yeah, I'll just leave this here...

http://www.visualtour.com/applets/flashviewer2/viewer.asp?t=3028985& sk =55&dm=millerbeach.com

Yeah, somebody built this. In Gary, IN.

/sorry needs flash flash sux
 
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