Wounded City Wednesday

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Nowhere in America bulldozes derelict homes with Detroit’s ferocity, as the city that has become a byword for U.S. urban decay seeks to engineer a recovery by tearing itself down.

A year after the city exited the biggest-ever U.S. municipal bankruptcy, a plan to demolish half of its nearly 80,000 blighted or deteriorating structures — nearly one in three city buildings — is showing some signs of success.

The number of fires – often caused by arson attacks on abandoned homes – dropped in October from a year ago, and deeply depressed property values have ticked higher in areas close to demolitions. The aim of the program is to stabilize home values and reduce foreclosures as the city of 680,000 people struggles with emptying neighborhoods, high crime and one of the worst unemployment rates in the country.

But the federally backed program has been tainted by allegations that Mayor Mike Duggan favored demolition contractors who donated to his campaign and by a steep rise in costs.

Federal and city probes into the allegations are underway. Duggan, whose program has razed more than 7,000 homes in two years, denies any wrongdoing.

“I am proud of the work our team has done, and Detroiters should be, as well,” said Duggan, who took office in January 2014 as Detroit’s first white mayor in nearly 40 years.

@ REUTERS

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10 Responses to Wounded City Wednesday

  1. º¿carol says:

    Poor Detroit. But maybe it’s getting better. Driving around Detroit, sad, so many houses abandoned, rotting, arsoned, empty lots everywhere, too. Bob’s grandma’s house on Fortune Street, her house and a few more left on the whole block, the rest long gone.

  2. º¿carol says:

    Our heat wave is gone, but it’s still in the 40s, maybe high 30s. Been cloudy for days, raining off and on.

  3. David B. Benson says:

    Down to 23 °F with 7 cm of snow. So I didn’t try stick walking although eventually the trails were plowed. So I will exercise by doing a bit of snow shoveling.

    @the Nuevo Vallarta for arroz con camarones.

  4. Den says:

    Color me surprised, all this muscular and joint misery might have resulted from quitting Statins, however the BIG offender here is quitting Prednisone near simultaneously.

    Friends, do me a favor, NEVER accept any steroids for ANY condition, including the smear on or nasal remedies. You will have HELL to pay with misery that goes on and on and on when stopping.

    If you think I am kidding just Google: Prednisone withdrawal.

    They say taper off but it does not matter when that crap gets it’s hooks in you, you’re screwed by BIG Pharma. Months of tapering produce the same excruciating results.

    Prednisone for example will turn your Adrenal Gland OFF as it is an adrenal substitute.

    Getting the Adrenal Gland to turn back on is the hard part, while waiting you will be subject to volumes of pain and suffering, sometimes it does not turn back on at all necessitating steroid use until you go.

    Once again BIG Pharma has given us a cure that is worse than the condition and hooked all comers up to the pain train on the track to HELL.

  5. Den says:

    Off I go to the Icebox again to check the LLamas. 😐

  6. David B. Benson says:

    Yikes. Twentytwo degrees of frost on the way home from the grocery store.

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