They’re bulldozing a fifth of Detroit

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Bad news for fans of ruin porn: Detroit is hoping to rid itself of its unique collection of dilapidated buildings and elegantly rubbish-strewn abandoned lots, and all within the next five years.

In May, a group ominously titled the “Detroit Blight Removal Task Force” released a report claiming that around 22 per cent of the city’s properties were “blighted” – vacant, damaged or considered dangerous. They also found that, of the 84,000 properties owned by public entities, just over 5,000 were occupied by squatters, making the city of Detroit, the report’s authors noted, “a very large and inadvertent landlord”.

They're bulldozing a fifth of Detroit

The task force’s proposed solution is to demolish it all over the next five years and start again. Unfortunately, the plan doesn’t extend to rebuilding the properties – it’ll be down to private companies and developers to buy up the land and rebuild.

First on the city’s agenda is removing empty family homes, a move that, paradoxically, is intended to stem the free-fall in the city’s population. In 1950, Detroit’s population stood at 1.85 million, but it’s fallen to 700,000 as residents leave for the suburbs or other cities in the face of the shrinking industry and rising crime.  Cleaning up the neighbourhoods, the thinking goes, will entice suburb-dwellers back to central Detroit.

All this will cost the city around $850m. In total, the plan will cost $2bn – around $3,000 per city resident. That’d be painful enough, even if the city hadn’t filed for bankruptcy in July 2013 with debts of around $20bn, giving it the dubious honour of being the largest US city ever to go broke.

To help take some of the pressure off, the Mayor’s office has also launched Building Detroit, a house auction site, intended to sell some of the blighted homes; the lucky buyers will then be responsible for fixing them up so the city government doesn’t have to. The programme has seen houses sold at anything from the bargain rate of $40,000, right down to the rock bottom price of $1,000. Mayor Mike Duggan has been doing his bit by waving the gavel on his Facebook page.

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  1. When the political hacks that are Judas goats in congress passed NAFTA, GATT and CAFTA which out-sourced the manufacturing off-shore and deregulated the banks is when the mass migration out of Detroit and the urban decay commenced.

    It does not matter whether it is a republican or democrat. They are 2 sides to the same coin. The political hacks are Judas goats that are leading the sheep to the slaughter.

    In the terms of military strategy, they are attacking the middle class from 2 sides on the forward and rear flank. 1-The manufacturing jobs are being out-sourced off shore. 2-The ilegal immigrants are running accross the border.

    The Globalist CABAL of the NWO of Elite Politicians, Bankers and Industrialist are administrating a series of economic shocks that is crippling the economy.

    The maufacturing jobs are being replace by service jobs in the corporate retail box stores that pay much lower wages which lowers the standard of living. To add insult to injury, the industrialist employ slave labor from off-shore and reintroduce their products back into the U.S.

    On top of this, the wages and the standard of living is being further eroded by the effects of hyper-inflation or currency devaluation.

    The middle class is being systematically eliminated. The agenda of the insiders at the top is to get rid of the labor unions.

    It’s the science of political economy. All 3- elements are in collusion: 1-The Political. 2-The Industrial or commercial. 3-The Federal Reserve.

    The congressmen in Washington are aiding and abetting a criminal enterprise.

    The whole system needs major reforms. By just reforming one segment is like trying to pour new wine into an old wine skin.

    These people in high places are the personification of evil.

    It’s a gigantic Ponzi Pyramid scam. The whole financial and economic system is floating on a sea of credit.

    The system is designed to go bankrupt.

    The Insiders at the top of the financial and economic pyramid bail-out with their golden parachutes with a silver lining and make a soft landing, while the the debt surf slaves crash to the bottom with their worth-less Federal Reserve Notes and bare the full blunt of the blow.

  2. When NAFTA, GATT and CAFTA was passed and the deregulation

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