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(New Statesman)   One-fifth of Detroit will be bulldozed to the ground in what can only be considered a good start   (newstatesman.com) divider line 257
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2014-07-07 09:27:28 AM  
Won't someone think of the rats.
 
2014-07-07 09:34:30 AM  
A lot of rust belt cities have been employing the same strategy. Detroit was built for 1 Million + residents, and now only has 700K. It's ultimately up to the City to maintain and protect those building, so it's cheaper in the long run to demolish.
 
2014-07-07 10:45:54 AM  
According to Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown there are about 12 arson fires a day. People just trying to burn down the crack houses and abandoned buildings that are bring down their property values or are dangers to the 'hood.

So, yeah this is a good idea.
 
2014-07-07 10:56:36 AM  
There's also a group that started planting the first saplings of a 140 acre urban forest in May.

Here's an overhead of the area they bought up to give a better idea:
i.imgur.com
 
2014-07-07 11:07:53 AM  
I hate to think of some of the gorgeous architecture that will be lost to this. But I see why they're doing it.
 
2014-07-07 11:28:22 AM  

WI241TH: There's also a group that started planting the first saplings of a 140 acre urban forest in May.

Here's an overhead of the area they bought up to give a better idea:
[i.imgur.com image 850x510]


After just spending 8 days in London, this was my first thought on how to "fix" Detroit, more parks, more massive parks.

You are NEVER getting that tax base back, but make the city beautiful enough and things might turn around a bit.

/We really dont have a method to deal with dead countries or cities.  At what point do you pretty much have to bury them?
 
2014-07-07 12:35:34 PM  

WI241TH: There's also a group that started planting the first saplings of a 140 acre urban forest in May.

Here's an overhead of the area they bought up to give a better idea:
[i.imgur.com image 850x510]


It will someday be an awesome place to hide the bodies.
 
2014-07-07 12:38:07 PM  
www.monabaker.com
 Bulldoze you say?
 
2014-07-07 12:44:28 PM  
Biatches, leave.
 
2014-07-07 12:44:57 PM  

xanadian: It will someday be an awesome place to hide the bodies.


My first thought exactly. Detroit's next "unofficial graveyard".
 
2014-07-07 12:45:32 PM  
Detroit doesn't suck that bad. There are good parts and bad. Bulldoze the bad, emphasize the good.

Every city has good and bad. I live in a "good" part of chicago and people were stabbed and shot on my block this weekend. So it goes.
 
2014-07-07 12:46:03 PM  
I still say that Detroit will be an awesome place in a few years.
 
2014-07-07 12:48:09 PM  
Detroit's population maxed at only 1.85 million and is only 700k now?  I had always assumed it was much larger.  They certainly bark above their weight class.
 
2014-07-07 12:49:43 PM  

namatad: WI241TH: There's also a group that started planting the first saplings of a 140 acre urban forest in May.

Here's an overhead of the area they bought up to give a better idea:
[i.imgur.com image 850x510]

After just spending 8 days in London, this was my first thought on how to "fix" Detroit, more parks, more massive parks.

You are NEVER getting that tax base back, but make the city beautiful enough and things might turn around a bit.

/We really dont have a method to deal with dead countries or cities.  At what point do you pretty much have to bury them?


I just hope they place the same protections NY's Central Park has on these large parks, otherwise they eventually meet the bulldozer a second time and get rebuilt.

There is also a brownfield's commission to help developers mitigate the costs of building on contaminated or thought to be contaminated land.
 
2014-07-07 12:50:29 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: A lot of rust belt cities have been employing the same strategy. Detroit was built for 1 Million + residents, and now only has 700K. It's ultimately up to the City to maintain and protect those building, so it's cheaper in the long run to demolish.


Really not sure if you're posting pretty much exactly what TFA said because you want everyone who didn't read it to get the point....or if you, yourself, didn't RTFA and you wanted to look smart.
 
2014-07-07 12:50:54 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: I still say that Detroit will be an awesome place in a few years.


I'm assuming that would be after we burn the whole thing down for the insurance money.

/ I'd be interested in setting up my own little fiefdom; maybe import some serfs
 
2014-07-07 12:51:08 PM  
They're missing out on a good moneymaking opportunity here. You know those fundraisers where you get to smash a car with a sledgehammer? Imagine that on a citywide scale.
 
2014-07-07 12:51:26 PM  

DubtodaIll: Detroit's population maxed at only 1.85 million and is only 700k now?  I had always assumed it was much larger.  They certainly bark above their weight class.


Is that Detroit proper or greater Detroit???
 
2014-07-07 12:51:30 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: I still say that Detroit will be an awesome place in a few years.


It'll take more than a few years (though it could be that fast with enough money), but I agree.  Once the blighted properties are reverted to meadows, farms, and forests, it's going to be very cool.
 
2014-07-07 12:51:39 PM  
There have always been ghost towns.  Like many, Detroit relied heavily on one industry that downsized and relocated.  Detroit doesn't need, and can't be returned to its former glory.  It needs to plot a new future.
 
2014-07-07 12:53:16 PM  
Ronny Cox unavailable for comment.
 
2014-07-07 12:53:30 PM  

Buttknuckle: DubtodaIll: Detroit's population maxed at only 1.85 million and is only 700k now?  I had always assumed it was much larger.  They certainly bark above their weight class.

Is that Detroit proper or greater Detroit???


Detroit proper.  Nobody cares about city population.  If they did, people would assume Jacksonville is more important than Miami.
 
2014-07-07 12:53:46 PM  
500 lawyers.... 500 lawyers....
 
2014-07-07 12:54:14 PM  
In before Gawker catches wind of this and labels everyone involved a racist.
 
2014-07-07 12:55:22 PM  

bangmaid: Detroit doesn't suck that bad. There are good parts and bad. Bulldoze the bad, emphasize the good.

Every city has good and bad. I live in a "good" part of chicago and people were stabbed and shot on my block this weekend. So it goes.


I live in the "bad" part of my city.

The "good" parts want to literally wall it off so that when people drive from the airport towards Downtown and the university, they don't have to see the dirty little secret of Eugene, namely that for all the "green initiatives" we have, the city was built on dirty, polluting industries and they don't want to deal with the cleanup (and honestly they don't have the resources to do so).
 
2014-07-07 12:56:28 PM  
Detroit was built on prime farmland I say the low property value is a good opportunity to plow some lots for community farming.
 
2014-07-07 12:56:58 PM  

Buttknuckle: DubtodaIll: Detroit's population maxed at only 1.85 million and is only 700k now?  I had always assumed it was much larger.  They certainly bark above their weight class.

Is that Detroit proper or greater Detroit???


Those are the numbers in the article. The brain machine is telling me its 3.7 mil in the metro area which makes more sense putting it at 11th in the nation.
 
2014-07-07 12:57:44 PM  

Buttknuckle: DubtodaIll: Detroit's population maxed at only 1.85 million and is only 700k now?  I had always assumed it was much larger.  They certainly bark above their weight class.

Is that Detroit proper or greater Detroit???


Proper. Metro Detroit is in the neighborhood of 4 million.
 
2014-07-07 12:59:31 PM  

Buttknuckle: DubtodaIll: Detroit's population maxed at only 1.85 million and is only 700k now?  I had always assumed it was much larger.  They certainly bark above their weight class.

Is that Detroit proper or greater Detroit???


City limits only.  If Detroit were legally able to annex surrounding communities, it would have a much higher population.  The metro area is at 3.7 million (depending on how you define it) and its population hasn't fallen by much over that time, if at all.  Everyone just moved out of the city to the suburbs.
 
2014-07-07 01:03:26 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: According to Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown there are about 12 arson fires a day. People just trying to burn down the crack houses and abandoned buildings that are bring down their property values or are dangers to the 'hood.

So, yeah this is a good idea.


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2014-07-07 01:03:40 PM  

Egoy3k: Detroit was built on prime farmland I say the low property value is a good opportunity to plow some lots for community farming.


Except for the lead from all the car exhaust for 40 years. Damn you Thomas Midgley!
 
2014-07-07 01:05:40 PM  
i.imgur.com

It's the only way to be sure.
 
2014-07-07 01:06:50 PM  

bangmaid: Detroit doesn't suck that bad. There are good parts and bad. Bulldoze the bad, emphasize the good.

Every city has good and bad. I live in a "good" part of chicago and people were stabbed and shot on my block this weekend. So it goes.


You rang?
 
2014-07-07 01:07:11 PM  
Detroit is the US's first experience with large-scale de-urbanization. Think about Rome circa 600AD, or post-war Warsaw, then add significantly more infrastructure.

It does suck that some really good historically and/or architecturally significant structures will be lost, but historic preservation is never well served by attempting to preserve everything.

/The issue of affluency emigration is an entirely different monster; what do you do when you're left with a bottom-heavy population?
 
2014-07-07 01:07:28 PM  
Why not bus the 50,000 children crossing the border there?  They have a place to live and Detroit adds tax-paying residents. Win-win.
 
2014-07-07 01:07:57 PM  
pbs.twimg.com
 
2014-07-07 01:08:21 PM  

meat0918: bangmaid: Detroit doesn't suck that bad. There are good parts and bad. Bulldoze the bad, emphasize the good.

Every city has good and bad. I live in a "good" part of chicago and people were stabbed and shot on my block this weekend. So it goes.

I live in the "bad" part of my city.

The "good" parts want to literally wall it off so that when people drive from the airport towards Downtown and the university, they don't have to see the dirty little secret of Eugene, namely that for all the "green initiatives" we have, the city was built on dirty, polluting industries and they don't want to deal with the cleanup (and honestly they don't have the resources to do so).


You mean Glenwood?
 
2014-07-07 01:09:06 PM  

meat0918: I live in the "bad" part of my city.  The "good" parts want to literally wall it off


1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-07-07 01:09:36 PM  

rkiller1: Why not bus the 50,000 children crossing the border there?  They have a place to live and Detroit adds tax-paying residents. Win-win.


Child labor?
 
2014-07-07 01:09:40 PM  

UNC_Samurai: The issue of affluency emigration is an entirely different monster; what do you do when you're left with a bottom-heavy population?


You bulldoze the remaining scars.
/And< Dude, the preferred nomenclature is "African American" not "bottom-heavy."
 
2014-07-07 01:09:50 PM  

rkiller1: Why not bus the 50,000 children crossing the border there?  They have a place to live and Detroit adds tax-paying residents. Win-win.


So, sort of a Children of the Corn setup?  I don't think they'll be paying much in taxes.
 
2014-07-07 01:09:59 PM  

bangmaid: Detroit doesn't suck that bad. There are good parts and bad. Bulldoze the bad, emphasize the good.

Every city has good and bad. I live in a "good" part of chicago and people were stabbed and shot on my block this weekend. So it goes.


In fact, I think that's their new municipal slogan:

Detroit, it doesn't suck that bad
 
2014-07-07 01:10:11 PM  

xanadian: It will someday be an awesome place to hide the bodies.


In Detroit, you don't need to bother.
 
2014-07-07 01:10:21 PM  
Whatever it looks like in the future, Detroit is always going to be pretty important for cross-border commerce and Great Lakes shipping.  Location, location, location applies on large scales, as well.


/except for Las Vegas and Phoenix, whose continued existence is a metaphrorical finger jabbed into nature's eye
 
2014-07-07 01:11:15 PM  

rkiller1: Why not bus the 50,000 children crossing the border there?  They have a place to live and Detroit adds tax-paying residents. Win-win.


That show idea was already tried and it didn't get good ratings
 
2014-07-07 01:12:07 PM  
imgick.mlive.com

\kind of captures it all
 
2014-07-07 01:13:44 PM  

Crass and Jaded Mother Farker: bangmaid: Detroit doesn't suck that bad. There are good parts and bad. Bulldoze the bad, emphasize the good.

Every city has good and bad. I live in a "good" part of chicago and people were stabbed and shot on my block this weekend. So it goes.

In fact, I think that's their new municipal slogan:

Detroit, it doesn't suck that bad


Seriously, what!?!?!
 
2014-07-07 01:13:51 PM  
imgick.mlive.com

Thank god those non-existent blind people have new curb cutouts on their trip from nowhere to nowhere.

\Thank you, ADA, for having your priorities in order
 
2014-07-07 01:14:22 PM  
Abandoned buildings should be razed, no matter WHERE they are.
 
2014-07-07 01:15:29 PM  

Dubya's_Coke_Dealer: Abandoned buildings should be razed, no matter WHERE they are.


www.nashville.gov
 
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