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LuckyTheDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-13-10 08:35 AM
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60. You should see the vacant land here
Have you SEEN Detroit? There are blocks and blocks of vacant land here. And nobody is talking about removing anybody from the city.

I get a little impatient with people from far away, with little knowledge of the specifics, lecturing me about what should happen in the place where I live and have in invested my meager amount of money into buying a home. Here is the deal:

This is not about displacing oodles of poor people to make way for the affluent. Really. Thats true for a lot of reasons among them the simple fact that the affluent people of southeast Michigan just are not chomping at the bit to live in the city.

Yes, a few people would be relocated with the citys financial help -- all to better, more stable neighborhoods if the plans go forward. But it would not be many. Again, were talking about tearing down areas that have been mostly abandoned so that our police, fire and road-maintenance resources can be redeployed in a way we can afford.

I live in one of Detroits more stable neighborhoods and even here we have a lot of empty houses. I know this neighborhood well. Wed welcome with open arms anybody who was relocated here. And in many cases, I think folks living among empty lots and burned-out hulks would jump at the chance to get to move to a more stable place. If somebody really, really wants to stay where they are, the political will to evict people by force is not evident to me.

Bottom line: I do not think we here in Detroit should have to bear the burden of vacant land, empty buildings and a dwindling tax base and financial insolvency of the city just because a few folks on the outside are worried that some of the empty, land might get developed into condos (instead of being used for illegal dumping).

I think Detroiters can be trusted to handle things in a fair, nuanced manner. We sure as heck would love to get some outside help in finding a path forward for our city. But what we do not need are lectures from folks who have never even been here and dont know crap.
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