Plan to Raze Detroit Empty Homes in Final Stages

CNBC, July 17, 2012

As the next step in an April deal between financially strapped Detroit and the state of Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder is finalizing a plan to tear down thousands of abandoned houses in a bid to make the city safer.

Detroit has been hard-hit over the past four decades by a steep drop in population, a steadily eroding tax base and crippling budget deficits, resulting in countless barren streets punctuated by vacant lots and burned-out buildings.

The state plan, likely to be announced early next month, is part of a financial stability agreement reached in April that headed off the appointment of an emergency city manager, which Detroit had opposed.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s administration already has demolished 4,500 “dangerous and abandoned buildings,” according to press secretary Naomi Patton, and plans to tear down another 1,500 vacant structures by the end of September—part of Bing’s pledge three years ago to demolish 10,000 derelict buildings by the end of his term in late 2013.

In a statement, the mayor said, “We welcome the governor’s efforts . . . Tangible assistance from the state is critical to our efforts to transform Detroit.”

As Detroit struggles with a $197 million budget deficit, Snyder has looked at a variety of state actions to support the city. {snip}



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  • alltoohuman

    They should just level the ones with people in them as well.

  • JackKrak

    “Detroit has been hard-hit over the past four decades by a steep drop in population, a steadily eroding tax base and crippling budget deficits, resulting in countless barren streets punctuated by vacant lots and burned-out buildings.”

    Hmm. So it all started from a “drop in population”……..

    Silly AmRenners – we go on & on with our nonsense about race realism and it turns out that all you have to do to avoid being Detroited is make sure you population doesn’t drop! Problem solved!

    • Shawn_thefemale

       I bet we know one population there that  hasn’t dropped…

  • DKL

    I once held a job that required me to frequently travel through various parts of Detroit. I was often struck by these ‘ruins’, which included former churches, schools, businesses, libraries, and stately Victorian homes. Many are actually beautiful examples of early late 19th century and early 20th century architecture. As I would look at these once great structures I would wonder about the people who built them and lived in what was clearly once a thriving community. Sadly, those people, along with the civilization they built, has long since vanished from Detroit.

    • alastairabbacle

      Black IQ by state:

      It was compounded by the fact that the Blacks who stayed in Detroit, were the worst of the worst.

    • DJ Einsamkeit

       I grew up near Detroit. In the suburbs which was all White while I was growing up. I joined the military, and long story short I was permanently disabled in the “wonderful” country of Iraq. I came back to my hometown just in time for my Father to die of cancer. Being an only child I chose to move in with my Mother and help take care of her as she is elderly and has health problems.

      Well the city I grew up in is now having an influx of Detroit ghetto filth. Crime is up and I have been a victim of black crime twice. So I am looking into buying my Mother and I a house before my city becomes unlivable. For giggles I looked at some of the old mansions in Indian village in Detroit, and I saw that I could afford all of them with ease. I looked at the pictures and felt sadness. Here was a 7 bedroom house with a spiral marble staircase, with a library. Over 8000sf for under 200k. I thought I would show my Mother the house and when she seen it she started crying. She told me when she was growing up in Grosse Pointe she had friends who lived in those houses and how amazing they were. She was so upset that the animals of Detroit have destroyed the city so badly that they were basically giving these mansions away. 

      In the end I cannot convince my Mother to move. So we will stay here in the summer and fall but I have rented a nice house in the Philippines during the winter and since I have been there plenty of times before I will be happy.

  • sarah stein

    Next up, Chicago.

  • 1proactive2

    Now there’s an odd and ironic twist to reviving a city:  Tear half of it down to improve it. 

    I have to say it; It’s a black thing. 

    • Assuming that black contractors and laborers are hired to do the work at least it might create some short term jobs.  I wonder what the new ‘open spaces’ will look like in a few years or months even?  Overgrown with weeds and filled with litter unless there’s a plan to landscape and maintain.

      • 1proactive2

        There are already a lot of open spaces from cleared homes due to recreational arson from black yoots, and past (failed) projects at tearing down decayed homes and buildings.  The article doesn’t mention that there have been several abandon home removal projects in past years. 

        The cleared spaces are called, “Urban Praries”.  Pheasants and other wild game have returned to the area in abundance.  There’s still trash and junk strewn all around, more of it every day, but these areas are wide open.

  • Mr. Taylor quoted a Roman philosopher: “You can beat back nature with a stick but she always returns”.

    This is societal devolution; one thing blacks are good at.

  • SLCain

    We now have our very own Ben-Tre, right here in America.

    “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it”.

  • White liberals tend to agree with black liberals on economic policy(high taxes, onerous regulations & litigation on business), leading to their own demise. White liberals voted for Obama by huge majorities. White liberals tend to support things like affirmative action and other attempts at social engineering that discriminate against whites. You must be living in a fantasy world.

  • White liberals and blacks have allied themselves to destroy white Western Civilization. Just watch the upcoming Democrat Party convention to witness the orgy.

  • If you define “slum” as something from a Lincoln Steffens’ photograph of NY’s old tenement dwellings you’re right; but having lived in Seattle for a number of years there are clearly dilapidated neighborhoods that would fit an updated definition of ‘slum’.

    • Seek

      I’ve got family in Seattle and I’ve never seen any sort of slum area there.  It’s true that in a few areas, mainly on the southern outskirts of downtown, there are some rundown buildings.  But as a whole, no area in Seattle can be said to be “dilapidated.”  Overall, it’s a great place to live, work and visit.  And to the extent it’s gone bad, we can point a finger at the city’s black minority; e.g. the Afro-riot against whites in Pioneer Square a few years ago.     

  • Michigan Patriot

    Detroit to be razed ? Isn’t that a redux ? Any normal person by looking at photos or being stupid enough to go there in person, would believe that the black government in power the last 45 years and their perps, err, peeps have ” razed ” it already many decadent decades ago .

  • haroldcrews

    I’ve heard that there is or would be some excellent pheasant shooting in some sections of Detroit.

    • lookintothefuture

       I can see it now: Tyrone in a hunting jacket, hat and pipe, with a Purdy over-under in hand, praising the quality of game only to be found within the city limits of Detroit.

      • HenryHolliday

        I can see Tyrone pawning the Purdy to buy a pimpmobile, a stash of crack, and a pearl handled .25 automatic. He might keep the pipe.

  • Good idea, does cotton grow up north?

  • HenryHolliday

    Set fire to them and let the newly empowered FDNY AA test flunkers extinguish them to prove their competence.

  • White liberals support blacks in everything they do. From affirmative action, racial quotas, black political candidates, you name it. White liberals are traditionally “down with the brothers.” This is historical fact that you can not run away from.

  • anarchyst

    . . .so are the owners of that “establishment”.