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LuckyTheDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-13-10 03:22 PM
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76. OK, then
I'll put you down as on record in favor of urban decay, inaction and stagnation. But I don't have to be on that side. I want Detroit to recover.

I repeat: I don't see ANY evidence of an attempt to actually force anyone out of their homes. But, imagine you lived in the one occupied house on your street -- and were surrounded by empty lots and burned-out shells of buildings. We have people here in that situation. I think many of them would welcome financial assistance toward moving to an actual neighborhood. I support using my tax dollars to offer that assistance. I want the city to be as generous as it can be.

Not only could such a plan help people stranded in blighted, nearly abandoned areas, it would help me, too, in two main ways:

1) The city cannot afford to maintain city services across its entire land mass, so consolidating the population would help the city's finances a lot. And that's no little thing. Detroit is nearly bankrupt. It also makes sense to do it now, when home prices in even the better parts of the city are extremely depressed and the city has a lot of tax-foreclosed properties on its books.

2) To the extent that some people end up re-settling near me, such a plan could help stabilize my neighborhood. I really don't care if the city ends up giving those folks tax-foreclosed houses for free, if that is what it takes. An occupied house is better than an unoccupied house any day. Let them come.

Again: You really, really should take a first-hand look at the situation here.
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