A Picture of Detroit Ruin, Street by Forlorn Street

Monica Davey, New York Times, February 18, 2014

A midnight blue Chevy rolls slowly down a snow-covered street, an emergency strobe light on its roof and a sign on its side that promises this is “official business.” At each house, business, even vacant lot, workers in the car pause to decide whether someone lives there and what shape the place is in before snapping a photo and beaming it to “mission control” miles away.

All over Detroit, scores of these workers—on some days as many as 75 three-person teams—have been wending their way through the streets since December, cataloging on computer tablets one of this bankrupt city’s most devastating ailments: its tens of thousands of abandoned and dilapidated buildings.

Everyone here has long known that Detroit is plagued by emptying neighborhoods, but this expedited, top-to-bottom analysis of all 380,217 parcels of land in the city, which is to be finished in a matter of weeks, will quantify the state of blight here with a level of detail rare for an American city.


And for leaders in Detroit, the database is expected to bring the clearest, if perhaps the gloomiest, picture yet of the city’s hollowed-out neighborhoods, which homes can be saved and where demolition may be the only cure. While earlier studies have aimed to track Detroit’s circumstances and officials have issued their own estimates of the woes (the city’s emergency manager has referred to 78,000 vacant buildings while other city officials say the number may be closer to 90,000), nothing has been as comprehensive.


Still, even this wide-reaching survey, which has cost $1.5 million in foundation and private funds, will hardly serve as a solution to this city’s blight. Leaders here have long set ambitious goals. The previous mayor, Dave Bing, sought to tear down 10,000 dilapidated buildings in his time in office. Kevyn D. Orr, the city’s appointed emergency manager, has called for an end to blight in the coming three years. And even as some officials here have predicted that demolishing the buildings that must go could cost as much as $1 billion, other entities, like a public-private effort called the Detroit Blight Authority have begun their own aggressive demolition campaigns.

But even once officials fully understand how many empty buildings they have and where they are, they face overwhelming challenges—an amalgam of the politically sensitive issues faced by lots of struggling American cities: How can a city of 139 square miles and once built for 1.8 million people comfortably hold its current 700,000 residents, and must it, in essence, shrink to survive? Which buildings are so ramshackle as to require demolition, and which should be restored and sold? How does a city wisely and quickly dispose of empty properties when ownership is tangled? And how does a place act fast enough and in an order that prevents new neighborhoods from slipping under even as worse ones are being saved?


There are undeniable complications, particularly since many of the $10-an-hour surveyors in the streets have never done this sort of work before. Some elements of the survey—which include rating a building’s structure as good, fair, poor or “suggest demolition” and determining from the outside whether a place is occupied—require at least a level of subjective judgment. And the survey, which routinely draws questions (“Why are you taking a picture of my house?”), seems certain to stir more debate among residents when the Blight Removal Task Force issues broad recommendations using its findings, probably in late March, and when the map results become public.



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  • Herman

    Usual story.
    1) Blacks destroy a neighborhood.
    2) Move on to the next one
    3) Bringing their problems with them
    Repeat. Over and over,

    • APaige

      The White tax base paid for the Blacks to move in and destroy the areas.
      Now Whites have to pay to study the extent of the destruction.

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        That’s why whites are no longer morally obligated to support the US government. Their tax dollars are being used to subsidize their own race replacement and ethnic cleansing by means of the forcible integration of blacks and 3rd world immigrants into previously all-white neighborhoods. Logically, white people should be supporting a neo-Confederate secessionist resistance movement. When will whites awaken? Who knows, but hopefully sometime in the near future. The white man can’t keep running forever. He’s going to run out of space to run to.

        • Edruezzi

          Nun, ich sehe, Sie kennen Ihre deutschen. Sie benannten sich nach der Einsatzgruppen. Das ist toll.

          • Mergatroyd

            My German has become rusty. Please translate that and use English here.

          • Capt. Bryant

            Edruezzi said roughly “Now I see they know German you named yourself after (miltary) operational groups which is great, Sounds like a German reader who is happy to see someone name themselves after a german military unit.

    • benvad

      And white goodie two shoes don’t want to acknowledge the truth.

  • Speaking of Detroit bankruptcy proceedings.

    The latest proposal is that those on pensions from retiring from city jobs will get a 50% haircut, while bond holders will get an 80% haircut. But it’s worse than that: The pensioners will get their other half in cash, while the bond holders will get their 20% in (worthless) IOUs, which means a 100% haircut in essence.

    Muni bond market fall down go boom.

    • I got out of bonds at the same time I got out of mortgage funds: about 10 years ago. The problem for municipalities that abuse the bondholders is that they’ll never be able to sell bonds again, so this theft from their lenders is necessarily a once-only deal.

      The amusing aspect to this situation is that some of the biggest investors in municipal bonds are public-sector pension plans, so the people who are shouting the loudest that the bond-holders should get screwed are precisely the same folks who have the greatest exposure.

      What nobody is suggesting is that the cities involved exercise some fiscal responsibility, i.e. by not wasting money on feel-good P.C. make-work jobs for Afritards and Greaseritos. Once they can’t sell junk bonds anymore, these municipalities simply aren’t going to be able to afford to pay black and brown dimwits to play “dress-up”, sit in offices and gossip all day. Fiscal restraint is what the dumb-o-crats and RINOs call “mean-spirited”, so apparently we can’t have any of that.

      • If this plan happens, then the muni bond market will avoid any municipality of questionable credit worthiness like the plague, meaning some inevitable muni rupts will happen sooner than they otherwise would have.

  • Extropico

    Without the miscreants in that milieu, many young people could move into the cheap housing and begin family formation.

    • sbuffalonative

      A few months back I sent AR a piece (which they didn’t post) written by a young, progressive liberal white man who moved into a house he bought for $500 I believe. He was gung ho about his urban pioneering.

      But the article also exposed the dangers he faced every day.

      Too bad AR passed up on it. It was a good one. It exposed the pie-in-the-sky mentality of ‘progressive’ liberals and the realities of the black urban experience.

      • Katherine McChesney

        Thank you for mentioning this article.

        • Tarczan

          Yeah, what a story. Young and naive, and if he’s not lucky, dead.
          Why would he want to live in that —-hole? The house he bought was almost completely destroyed. He couldn’t have chosen a worse house to repair.

      • Romulus

        Thanks SBN!

        • sbuffalonative

          You’re very welcome.

          It’s too bad AR passed on that story. It would have generated a ship load of comments; much like the woman complaining about the mystery of crime in Baltimore.

          • Romulus

            I believe that the leftist coalition will stop at nothing to debase our majority, all the while controlling media so that whites will not know enough to organize until it’s to late.
            I.e. judicial prejudice by mulatto holder, censorship, executive orders,disarmament.
            The left must be very worried of the very real possibility of white solidarity if millions were to become deprogrammed of the media and Hollywood social engineering.

          • bilderbuster

            If Whites ever wake up there will be Nuremberg laws & Hollyweird will be a real concentration camp with no Schindler or his list to save them from hard labor.

          • Germanicus

            I felt a chill when I read your comments referring to what we all know to be the near absolute switch control that The Medium has on public awareness. My own institution has a Public (dis-) Information Officer, an awarenesscrafter. Detroit, New Orleans, Atlanta (? Oh my God it snowed!), Haiti, Africa… In biology class they taught us about emergent properties. These are the things you would never predict looking at a, say single bacterium. Under a microscope it has no color, it looks identical most likely to hundreds of other species of bacteria. Yet, grown together on an agar plate and, voila!, the colonies have characteristic colors, shapes, odors, and so on. One can have a great conversation with a well-educated Black. The reality is that from that very complicated interaction of environment that they make for themselves and genetics, when concentrated in a city, the results are not too pleasant. The emergent properties are not good, even for them. Cities were not really what their genetics prepare them for, certainly not cities

          • AndrewInterrupted

            Your “…bite the hand that feeds them…” analogy from yesterday also seems to apply to this comment. That’s why the Cultural Marxist switch flickers move so quickly against ‘white flight’ when they see it. Those are the hands that feed.

      • AndrewInterrupted

        I checked it out. Not bad. He tries to be objective. I can see why AmRen passed on it, though. It has a lot of Liberal Wishcraft hocus pocus in it. As if the thousandth time will be the charm. It becomes the definition of insanity after awhile.

        Just like in Chicago, and that $900 million palm greasing Rahm Emanuel is getting, bad money after bad money will continue to be thrown into these cesspools like Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, etc.

        Especially while the Chicago gangsters have the checkbook.

        • silviosilver

          The kid is racially delusional, but I have to respect the effort he put in. It’s a pity he didn’t let on about some of the racial “challenges” he must have faced but that might have been construed as “racist” (but of course) and he desperately wants to believe he’s on the side of the angels.

          • AndrewInterrupted

            Yeah, he is redeemable. He showed everyone the self-reliance and can-do spirit that courses through his European veins.

            Yeah, that’s probably why AmRen passed on it. The kid reminds me of the character ‘…Boxer…’ in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

            Boxer: “….Maybe it’s me? Maybe I should work harder and things will get better?….”

            Then they took him for his last drop of sweat and sent him off to the glue factory.

      • Mergatroyd

        AR should have run that story, it is really great perfect for this site.

  • Truth Teller

    Who buys muni bonds? Don’t govt employee pension funds often buy the bonds of their employers? Other wise it is the Whites who carefully invested in mutual funds and muni bonds thinking they were safe secure investments.
    Would be nice if the AA city employee pension funds were the holders of Detroit muni bonds. They stole our schools by driving us away They stole our neighborhoods by driving us away. They stole our great cities by violence and terrorism. Now they are stealing our investments.

  • Puggg

    Isn’t this what Google Street View is for?

    But remember that’s actually a risky proposition.

    • Spartacus

      I thought Detroit had gun control ? 😛

      • Puggg

        It has plenty of that, but hardly any black control.

      • sbuffalonative

        It’s not gun control that they need, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.

    • sbuffalonative

      I cropped and lightened them for better detail:

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Can’t believe what the teams missed!!

        • Magician


          HA HA HA HA HA HA

        • Garrett Brown

          “Das how I fix da cah mane”

        • BonV.Vant

          the CD tapped of the gas inlet is hilarious

          • Bon, From the Land of Babble

            Black ghettoes are certainly a different world, aren’t they?

            Here’s a few more you might like –that should pass muster with the mods, the really funny ones are not suitable for this “family friendly” site, LOL.


    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Detroit is full of THUGS and ZOMBIES.

      Look here!!

  • sbuffalonative

    The next step will be to come up with a theory based on racism to explain patterns of decay.

  • bigone4u

    Blacks, with their noise, smells, filth, jibber jabber, violence, and petty crimes and felonies, drove whites out of a once beautiful city. Let them reap the bitter fruit of the seeds they sowed.

    • newscomments70

      The liberals won’t allow that to happen. They will bus them into your suburban or rural community.

  • D.B. Cooper

    So, who will be buying up the property at fire sale prices? The Chinese? The Arabs? The Hindus? As they settle in, they will drive the blacks to the nearby white areas.
    I nominate the area on the other side of Lake Michigan, and the area due north.
    I’m pretty sure those white eunuchs, steers, and stags will welcome diversity with big smiles on their faces. .

    • Ron Cheaters

      No, Toronto sends its garbage there. By garbage, I mean thursday morning roadside.. I suppose it helps the economy there in some form.

  • Spartacus

    Detroit’s problem is that gr0ids live there . If you don’t get rid of them, everything else you do is useless .

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Repatriation to Africa is the only sensible and just solution to the negro problem.

      • Romulus

        I have an alternative solution! 😉

        • jeffaral

          Any solution is welcome as long as it’s final.

  • MekongDelta69

    Wheel Of Fortune round:
    _ L A C K S
    D E S T R O Y E D
    D E T R O I T

    “I’d like to solve the puzzle Pat.”

    • Mergatroyd

      Ha Ha! And we have a thread winner, MekongDelta69…and all expense paid trip straight to Detroit provided with armed body guard and armoured vehicle.

      • Reverend Bacon

        Yes, in the spirit of South Park’s “Wheel of Fortune” episode. “These are people who annoy you.” (you should look it up on youtube if you haven’t seen it.)

        • Garrett Brown

          Genius entertainment. I will always love that show.

      • I wouldn’t go to Detroit even in an MRAP!

  • Alexandra1973

    I did a search on Detroit’s most dangerous neighborhoods, then mapped them on Google Earth. In Street View you can see blacks sitting on the porch much of the time.

    Over a year ago I was in the Detroit area visiting my mother, who lives in the suburb of Ferndale. She took me and my son to downtown Detroit. As we were driving along Woodward Avenue, I was looking down the side streets and shaking my head at the ruins I was seeing.

    • Katherine McChesney

      I visited relatives in Farmington. They refused to take me into to Detroit because they said it was so unsafe. But, I have bookmarked the Fabulous Ruins of Detroit.

    • sbuffalonative

      I see it on Buffalo’s black ‘east side’. Houses with trash literally pouring out the doors of the house and garage. And ruins of stately building everywhere that the Polish built.

    • D.B. Cooper

      I suggest not having anything to do with Google from now on. Didn’t you read the story about how Google prohibits any mention of “Black mobs”?

    • In 1995, I tried to stop at a truck stop in Dearborn, MI. The place was so trashy looking I was sure it was closed. I drove into Detroit – got lost – then made my way back to Dearborn. The truck stop was actually open, but because of its dilapidated condition I opted instead to drop a duece between two abandoned trailers and drive away.

      The Detroit I saw was blacker than a woodchuck’s undercarriage and as filthy as it could be.

    • Diana Moon Glampers

      You went downtown!?
      We have family there too, but I find even the suburbs to be way too vibrant for my tastes.

  • Magician

    They recently established a new McDonald’s location in my area and I came in here so I can get some work done on my laptop for a couple of hours while enjoying some coffee. I am actually amazed by the artistic yet very modern interior and the menu above the counter is fully digital.

    And there they are!! the dining area is full of young black men and women, including a white girl wearing rather provocative and clearly cheap outfits and apparently trying very hard to join the black community. But all young black men, at least the ones I can see in the dining room, came with their black girlfriends. You won’t believe how loud young black women’s voices are!! and how often those girls include profanity in their words!! I do not mind recognizing and complimenting a black woman for her physical beauty but a very loud voice or endless profanity rarely makes a woman attractive.

    • silviosilver

      You spotted a whigger. There is no creature on the earth more deserving of contempt, though of course we don’t know the personal circumstances of this particular one that may have led him down that tragic road.

    • Magician

      I agree with you Kathy, it truly made him look rather uneducated

  • CelestiaQuesta

    America is becoming like South Africa after Apartied where the NAC set out to kill and confiscate all white farms.
    Your city is next.

  • Romulus

    Remove the dark majority, rebuild the city!
    Watch it return with vigor!

    • Tarczan

      Is that ever true. Just imagine if darkies were actually outlawed, what a rebirth.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Well, it’s obvious they forgot to catalog a few important things…

    Welcome to Detroit! The “Paris” of the West!!

    • IstvanIN

      That picture is Detroit? The local telephone company in Detroit is Michigan Bell Telephone Company (d/b/a Ameritech from 1993, d/b/a SBC Ameritech 1999, d/b/a AT&T 2006) but not Southwestern Bell.

      • Mergatroyd

        What’s the difference between one black ghetto and the next? They ALL look alike: destroyed, once-safe, once-grand, once-White areas of town.

  • Truth Teller

    Just figured out why they wear their pants so low and loose. It makes rape easier.

    • Mergatroyd

      It makes homosexual rape easier in the prisons, which is where the trend came from.

      • Dragging the sag was actually an advertisement that the person doing it was “available”. Some of them instead wore there trousers backwards instead, but for the same reason. I doubt homosexual rape is really very common in US prisons. Someone who tried that would simply be killed. There weren’t even many fights. We tried not to annoy each other, because one never knew whether some guy had lost his last appeal or his wife had filed for divorce and kept their vehicles and house. One of my friends had that happen, and told me while we watched the Ft. Worth July 4 fireworks display out the window of our dormitory rec room. He was in tears. Prison is a very sad place, rather than a violent one.

  • Mergatroyd

    Your link leads straight to a travel site.

    I think you meant ruins of Detroit: httpCOLON//wwwDOTmarchandmeffreDOTcom/detroit/

  • NoMosqueHere

    What we don’t see in the photos posted here are the destroyed lives of whites who had good jobs in the automobile industry and other heavy industries, many of which were located in and around Detroit. Things weren’t that bad until the free traders and globalists sold americans the ridiculous lie that america would become more prosperous if only our industrial jobs were moved to China.

  • Katherine McChesney

    It’s also called The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit.

  • Truth Teller

    The saddest thing on Why I bought a Detroit House for $500.00 is the picture of the interior of a Church built in the glory days of early 20th century. It’s sort of Byzantine and so beautiful. But the parishioners fled to the suburbs decades ago. The church if still open though. I remember some years ago the abandoned churches of Detroit were given historical monument status and thus govt money kept them from being knocked down. Detroit blacks including one of the black mayors were just furious. Apparently it is racist to use govt money to preserve beautiful buildings that served were built by the contributions of Whites and located in once White neighborhoods.

    • Tarczan

      I saw that and thought the same thing, beautiful church.

  • Strider73

    Make sure you search through an anonymous proxy or use StartPage (which strips the IP address and any other identifier from the search before sending it on to Google).

  • MBlanc46

    Official ruin porn.