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CoffeeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-25-09 05:10 PM
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Detriot House Auction Flops for Urban Wasteland
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Source: Reuters via Yahoo

DETROIT (Reuters) In a crowded ballroom next to a bankrupt casino, what remains of the Detroit property market was being picked over by speculators and mostly discarded.

After five hours of calling out a drumbeat of "no bid" for properties listed in an auction book as thick as a city phone directory, the energy of the county auctioneer began to flag.

"OK," he said. "We only have 300 more pages to go."

There was tired laughter from investors ready to roll the dice on a city that has become a symbol of the collapse of the U.S. auto industry, pressures on the industrial middle-class and intractable problems for the urban poor.

On the auction block in Detroit: almost 9,000 homes and lots in various states of abandonment and decay from the tidy owner-occupied to the burned-out shell claimed by squatters.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20091025/us_nm/us_usa_housin...



Sad...very sad.
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