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(Mother Nature Network)   If you're a writer, you're eligible for a free home in Detroit. The rest of you will have to pony up $200 and buy an abandoned one   (mnn.com) divider line 69
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2013-12-27 07:01:28 AM
The key to success in fiction writing is: 1) draw from real life, and 2) conflict in your story. Detroit sounds pretty good on both counts...
 
2013-12-27 07:35:47 AM
Jim Butcher presents: Spook Story
 
2013-12-27 07:37:50 AM
...Couldn't find a pic of Charlton Heston's house in The Omega Man.....
 
2013-12-27 07:39:17 AM
Anyone who would willingly move to Detroit is to dumb to write.
 
2013-12-27 07:41:08 AM
Well the Farkus tab has taught me that everyone on fark thinks they're a writer. Free houses for all farkers!
 
2013-12-27 07:41:31 AM

ReapTheChaos: Anyone who would willingly move to Detroit is to dumb to write.


Heh.
 
2013-12-27 07:43:16 AM
Illegal immigrant?  Want amnesty and a fast path to citizenship?  Welcome to Detroit.

Reside there, stay out of trouble for 2 years, pass a basic, basic English literacy test.  Welcome to America, you're free to stay or roam the country.
 
2013-12-27 07:45:53 AM
1. Can anybody who calls themselves a "writer" qualify. What is the criteria? Published works? Rejections letters?

2."...writers might actually not want to move to Detroit. They might have fallen for the negative hype of the bankrupt city. They might think that it's better to stay in some unaffordable city instead of taking advantage of all we have to offer.

a.. It is not hype if it is true.

b. Exactly what does Detroit have to offer aside form a free in an admitted blighted neighborhood with abandon homes? Chain grocery stores? Working Street lights, A good school system?, A good police force?
 
2013-12-27 07:46:05 AM
I might think on this. I grew up in Idaho, so the cold is no big deal. However- I come from the ocean, and this place is a long way away from it. very too damn far.  Is there money for house rentals ? Mom and pop liquor stores  ? Serious. Thanks for serious answers .
 
2013-12-27 07:51:20 AM
Urban decay, abandoned homes, blighted land...

I would find it to be an inspiring setting for music composition, but they want writers, so...
 
2013-12-27 07:51:50 AM
Well I wrote a ten-page ebook on how to fast goldmine in World of Warcraft. Now how do I signup to get me my free house?
 
2013-12-27 07:54:37 AM
Actually, this isn't the dumbest idea to come down the pike.  Given the nature of publishing these days, if a writer can get a free house and make enough, initially, to pay other expenses, they can have a little more economic freedom to pursue writing more seriously.  Then, if they can make enough money at it and sell a couple books online, they could actually make enough money to be an economic asset - bringing money from outside Detroit into the community and buy groceries, pay taxes, buy a new car, hire a housekeeper, throw dinner parties and get other people to come into Detroit.  There's obviously no guarantee that it will work but it could.  And it's pretty obvious that what they've been doing has profoundly NOT worked so trying something new is all they have left.

I see no mention of large outlays of tax money, which Detroit obviously does not have.  The city might be willing to forgo property taxes for a brief time - after all, the property is currently abandoned so they aren't getting any tax revenue from it now.  No loss, just a delayed gain.  I'd also bet that a bunch of arts groups and writers' groups around the country would kick in a bit to help fund this endeavor.  I'd recommend them to go for it.
 
2013-12-27 07:55:13 AM
Was in Hamtramck yesterday. Wow what a shaithole.
 
2013-12-27 07:57:12 AM
I assume the author did not get a free house due to poor writing and grammar.
 
2013-12-27 07:59:29 AM
Nice. I always wanted to live in a high crime neighborhood.
 
2013-12-27 08:01:43 AM
I hear you can buy a house there for the price of a VCR.  No wait, that's Cleveland, whose main selling point is that it's not Detroit.
 
2013-12-27 08:11:09 AM
from ghetto to gay in five creative writing classes.
 
2013-12-27 08:11:45 AM
Oh great. Now there'll be a whole bunch of books based on blogs about a year spent living in Detroit in a crappy neighborhood fixing up a house.

/I blame A Year in Provence.
 
2013-12-27 08:14:43 AM
Some rich billionaire type needs to buy an apartment complex, and set up a real artist commune. Food, housing, etc. would be free for a year or two. Young artists would be able to move in, get all experimenty for a couple years, and then be able to take the lessons learned out into the wider world.

Bah who am I kidding, such a set up would quickly become nothing more than a place to do drugs and have sex; and little else. You know, College.
 
2013-12-27 08:14:57 AM
$200? You're being ripped off. You can get them as low as $1

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/real-estate/1-buy-house-detroi t- article-1.1415014
 
2013-12-27 08:15:07 AM

Pants full of macaroni!!: I hear you can buy a house there for the price of a VCR.  No wait, that's Cleveland, whose main selling point is that it's not Detroit.


Someday soon I expect the price of VCR's to skyrocket as most of the good ones got thrown away and all that's left are the later models that didn't track as well.
 
2013-12-27 08:20:00 AM
I went online to buy one of these cheap houses, but it turns out that most of them have liens attached to them. So you're buying the house and all its financial troubles. I figured it would be a good gag to just buy a house just to say I owned one.
 
2013-12-27 08:24:25 AM

jaylectricity: I went online to buy one of these cheap houses, but it turns out that most of them have liens attached to them. So you're buying the house and all its financial troubles. I figured it would be a good gag to just buy a house just to say I owned one.


And there's also a good chance that they've been stripped of anything remotely valuable, so you're getting little more than a rotting shell.

/DRTFA to see if they guaranteed plumbing and electricity
 
2013-12-27 08:24:26 AM

Zeb Hesselgresser: Illegal immigrant?  Want amnesty and a fast path to citizenship?  Welcome to Detroit.

Reside there, stay out of trouble for 2 years, pass a basic, basic English literacy test.  Welcome to America, you're free to stay or roam the country.


Interesting though I'd bump it up to ten years. You want there to be a critical mass of immigrants to keep the community going after those who are granted citizenship move out. Plus if critical mass is achieved, they might not want to move once time is up since the community they've developed is worthwhile. Maybe add in one year reduction in time to be granted citizenship for every five families they convince to move to Detroit.
 
2013-12-27 08:25:58 AM
I have no idea what the chick in the picture is writing, but I virtually guarantee you do not want to read it.
 
2013-12-27 08:27:18 AM
fineartamerica.com

Detroit, we will fist you!
 
2013-12-27 08:28:21 AM

ReapTheChaos: Anyone who would willingly move to Detroit is to dumb to write.


www.sundriesshack.com
 
2013-12-27 08:28:52 AM

jaylectricity: I went online to buy one of these cheap houses, but it turns out that most of them have liens attached to them. So you're buying the house and all its financial troubles. I figured it would be a good gag to just buy a house just to say I owned one.


You could probably negotiate with the lien holder for pennies on the dollar since as it stands now they're not getting anything and aren't likely to get anything for a long time. But owning property does invite other complications such as being responsible if a kid from the neighborhood cuts through your yard and get injured or people start using it as an illegal dump that becomes a nuisance.
 
2013-12-27 08:35:11 AM
We get it. Fark hates Detroit.
 
2013-12-27 08:36:34 AM

ReapTheChaos: Anyone who would willingly move to Detroit is to dumb to write.


You wrote the article, didn't you.
 
2013-12-27 08:38:36 AM

blackminded: We get it. Fark hates Detroit.


Doesn't everyone?
 
2013-12-27 08:39:24 AM
Published writers or aspiring writers?
 
2013-12-27 08:40:43 AM

Pants full of macaroni!!: blackminded: We get it. Fark hates Detroit.

Doesn't everyone?


Well until they move the Red Wings to another city in any event
 
2013-12-27 08:40:54 AM
I'm writing right now. Am I eligible?
 
2013-12-27 08:42:55 AM

Pants full of macaroni!!: blackminded: We get it. Fark hates Detroit.

Doesn't everyone?


I don't think most Farker's hate Detroit, we are just fascinated by it. You know, like when people are fascinated with a bad car accident. Or perhaps closer to Detroit's situation, a really bloody crime scene.
 
2013-12-27 08:46:24 AM

BigBooper: Pants full of macaroni!!: blackminded: We get it. Fark hates Detroit.

Doesn't everyone?

I don't think most Farker's hate Detroit, we are just fascinated by it. You know, like when people are fascinated with a bad car accident. Or perhaps closer to Detroit's situation, a really bloody crime scene.


Cleveland, on the other hand - that's definitely hatred.  Maybe mixed with pity.
 
2013-12-27 08:51:37 AM
We-e-e-ell la-de-freakin'-da! We've got ourselves a writer here! Hey, Dad, I can't see real good. Is that Bill Shakespeare over there?
 
2013-12-27 08:52:10 AM

The Muthaship: I have no idea what the chick in the picture is writing, but I virtually guarantee you do not want to read it.


Perhaps, but I'd still do her.
 
2013-12-27 08:55:46 AM

born_yesterday: jaylectricity: I went online to buy one of these cheap houses, but it turns out that most of them have liens attached to them. So you're buying the house and all its financial troubles. I figured it would be a good gag to just buy a house just to say I owned one.

And there's also a good chance that they've been stripped of anything remotely valuable, so you're getting little more than a rotting shell.

/DRTFA to see if they guaranteed plumbing and electricity


And there are a shiat TON of seller's fees tacked on to that 1$ anyway. Apparently a 1$ house ends up costing close to a grand in the end. Plus all the other crap.
 
2013-12-27 09:02:07 AM
They should turn Detroit into a giant theme park. Detroit: The Mad Max Experience! They can turn their sports stadium into a demolition derby arena. We could build a big fence around the entire city and then we can start sending our excess prison population there. Then people can sign up to go on hunting excursions in the city with armored vehicles and rocket launchers and hunt down the criminals in a Running Man style event. They could have another part of the city set up as a track for Death Race. All televised of course.
 
2013-12-27 09:04:41 AM
It's seemingly never too early in the day to begin bashing Detroit.

/Don't live there
//Never have
///May have visited once as a kid
 
2013-12-27 09:06:26 AM

Pants full of macaroni!!: blackminded: We get it. Fark hates Detroit.

Doesn't everyone?


Yes.
 
2013-12-27 09:07:55 AM
The nice thing about writers (or at least those who can make a living) is that from the city's perspective they tend to generate transfer income. They'll most likely get paid from out of town and spend much of their money locally without fully proportional competition for local resources.

That's also why cities love students so dearly.
 
2013-12-27 09:10:04 AM

BigBooper: Some rich billionaire type needs to buy an apartment complex, and set up a real artist commune. Food, housing, etc. would be free for a year or two. Young artists would be able to move in, get all experimenty for a couple years, and then be able to take the lessons learned out into the wider world.

Bah who am I kidding, such a set up would quickly become nothing more than a place to do drugs and have sex; and little else. You know, College.


Andrew Ryan?
 
2013-12-27 09:20:22 AM
www.sundriesshack.com
 
2013-12-27 09:33:07 AM

Zeb Hesselgresser: Illegal immigrant?  Want amnesty and a fast path to citizenship?  Welcome to Detroit.

Reside there, stay out of trouble for 2 years, pass a basic, basic English literacy test.  Welcome to America, you're free to stay or roam the country.


Sure as hell beats any other ideas I have heard.
 
2013-12-27 09:34:23 AM

alienated: I might think on this. I grew up in Idaho, so the cold is no big deal. However- I come from the ocean, and this place is a long way away from it. very too damn far.  Is there money for house rentals ? Mom and pop liquor stores  ? Serious. Thanks for serious answers .


I really don't know where the house would be but there are lots of hipster-artist havens popping up around Detroit.  If you land in one of those it would be very interesting.   There are lots of liquor stores in Detroit so you don't have to worry about that.

Detroit is on a river if you miss the water.  Lake St. Clair is just north of the city and Lake Erie is just south.

If the house is on one of the many streets where it will be just you and the crackheads then I would back away quickly.   However there are so many whitey hipsters moving into the city right now that the actual residents are getting upset and almost refusing to shut up and take their money.
 
2013-12-27 09:35:57 AM

alienated: I might think on this. I grew up in Idaho, so the cold is no big deal. However- I come from the ocean, and this place is a long way away from it. very too damn far.  Is there money for house rentals ? Mom and pop liquor stores  ? Serious. Thanks for serious answers .


The Great Lakes - America's third coast (and Canada's too)
 
2013-12-27 09:49:47 AM
A writer?  Letters, and such?
brianorndorf.typepad.com
 
2013-12-27 10:02:53 AM

Sybarite: [fineartamerica.com image 600x400]

Detroit, we will fist you!


At least the local "artists" provide lube...

dl.dropboxusercontent.com
 
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