Best of 2014? Detroit??

This article and its accompanying photographs are what Yahoo calls “BEST OF 2014”.  I’m wondering why Liberals (and trust me, Yahoo’s home page, which many people use, is totally liberal) would ever call this the best of anything?  Odd.

Also,   here is a bit from the linked article:  “How did this happen and how do we stop it from continuing to happen?”   It’s not just Detroit, either, he says: “This is a question cities across the nation should be thinking about. Detroit today is your town tomorrow, as our former mayor Coleman Young said.”

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Can any of you point to parts of your town that are in the utter disrepair and degradation of so much of Detroit’s residential neighborhoods?   I’d like to know if “cities across the nation” are anywhere near this ruination.   And what were the politics of Detroit mayors for the last few years?   Oh, yes, I remember… there hasn’t been a Republican mayor elected since 1957.

Let’s talk about this.   Do parts of your town look that bad?  It’d be nice if we could ring all of that out with the old year, wouldn’t it.
Z

 

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38 Responses to Best of 2014? Detroit??

  1. We tend not to have such blighted areas here in the D.C. area. So many people here are on the federal-government teat — directly or indirectly. However, if one goes about 30 miles west of D.C., there are lots of new retail buildings standing empty and have remained empty since these facilities were built about 8 years ago. One of the series of such facilities is in a metropolitan area — not rural at all.

  2. Mustang says:

    My guess would be any city run by Democrats is on the path to a Detroit-like status. No surprise there, is it? After all, it takes people who aren’t very bright to keep electing these swine to municipal office. It is the gift that keeps on giving …

  3. I could point you to my nearest metropolis.
    That would be Detroit.
    Oh.
    Never mind.

  4. John M. Berger says:

    From “Denver Cityscape”:
    “Denver boasts more federal employees than any city besides Washington, D. C.”
    So like AOW, we don’t see it-YET!

  5. geeez2014 says:

    And, of course, I suppose Yahoo means “Best STORY of 2014” but wouldn’t you say that? 🙂

  6. Bob says:

    There are some decrepit neighborhoods in Atlanta, but they are also disappearing. Many times, these neighborhoods are not that far from downtown, and developers like to go into neighborhoods like this and re-develop them for whatever new generation there is with money. I know people who buy up houses in areas like this for investment property. They will remodel the houses making them into attractive dwellings.

    On the other hand, Atlanta is a city run by Democrats and some neighborhoods are government run housing projects and they never get better, just worse. This is why most people in the Atlanta metro area live outside of the city in our suburban enclaves where we can control our environment.

  7. cube says:

    ‘Best Stories Of…’ is keyword for what it suits the left to report.

  8. silverfiddle says:

    My small city has a robust developer presence, and they roll into blighted areas and turn them around.

    Also, we here in Colorado are blessed to have TABOR, the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Politicians and big government leftwing progs hate it because it ties their hands: They cannot raise taxes unless approved by the voters. It has been a great blessing to our state because it has checked the growth of government and forced politicians to make hard decisions based upon real-world budgeting.

    Contrary to the schoolboys and schoolgirls at MSNBC and the lying leftwing liars in communist rags like Huff and Puff Po, The Nation and the Daily Kook, our city did not fall apart because we opposed a general tax increase. I covered that here: My Town – Liberals Hate Us

    Also contrary to what the leftwing loony liars lie about us, we do pass tax increases when they are limited and specific. We just reapproved a 10-year transportation infrastructure tax, because they did what they said they would do with the money.

    We voted down a water district tax because it set up a new bureaucratic structure and exempted itself from TABOR, and we saw it as the bureaucratic monster it was.

    So, I think Colorado is a good state to study for how to keep government from turning into the Blob that ate Everything.

  9. Here in Vegas housing got hit one of the hardest in the nation along with Florida; However, right now there are 107 new tracts developments being built, developments, not homes, which translates into thousands of homes. Also, the BLM continues to sell more land for development. This, despite a housing market still trying to recover and a concern about water as Lake Mead is at its lowest level since it was being filled in the 1930’s. Does that make sense to anyone?

  10. John M. Berger says:

    Mal,
    I sure don’t get it. Also, what about the inevitability of rising interest rates?

  11. Baysider says:

    The closest thing to that in my town is what’s in the hearts at city hall. We are run by lunatics! But we’re on the southern California coast, and a ‘bluff’ town so there’s always pressure to keep things nice, even in the Pico neighborhood. (Bluff, as opposed to sea level, like adjacent Venice. I’ve noticed the sea level diggs always seem to be seedier.)

    Detroit has had a plan in its back pocket to work with a private developer to clear huge swathes of neighborhoods to revert them to ‘farm’ use. With the conditions you see they can’t keep up the infrastructure, especially sewer, and want out. But these are poor black neighborhoods, and the specter of forcing out elderly black homeowners to give their land to a big white developer was too much even for Detroit. That was an active plan when I worked for one of the companies involved until 2011. Wonder what’s happened since. The pictures tell a brutal story.

  12. geeez2014 says:

    John, more AWFUL pictures…they really do bring the degradation of AMERICA to mind; they’re like a metaphor for our government, aren’t they. So terrible. And we built and we thrived and we offered success to anybody who worked hard! NOW?…what a different place we have.

    Bob, downtown LA has been gentrified, too. Lots of poor apartments, still, but I honestly don’t see much terrible stuff like those Detroit and Cleveland pix. Young people love living downtown and they’re building and rebuilding, etc…taking over lofts, etc.
    Black areas, too, where Blacks moved into HUUUUGE wonderful homes built in the turn of the century, are improving, too, as far as I can see. They’re Craftsman homes and I know a lot are run down but some are building up again. I hope it continues.

    Cube…good point.

    Silverfiddle…thanks for that excellent review …and optimism! I love to hear that…because I know you’re grappling with problems from the legalization of pot now. I hope that clears up, too.

    Mal….it makes NO SENSE! You’re right. I see huge office bldgs here with retail space and I wonder “Who’s renting those? Nobody has any money”
    What REALLY bugs me is signs in Persian….I was going down Ventura Blvd in Encino the other day and about every storefront in 10 has Arabic on the signs. I guess they forget this is AMERICA and we speak ENGLISH here…..what bugs me is more Persians speak English, too, so why……??? (rhetorical question)
    Yes, little water, developments not completely sold and they’re building a hundred MORE developments in Vegas? What IS that? Sounds like you need to write another Letter to the Editor!

    Baysider..FARM USE in DETROIT? That’s a odd thought…yes, if nobody’s paying tax on those places, who can keep up infrastructure, etc?
    I agree about Venice, about sea level seeming seedier, but we have to admit there are still a TON of VERY expensive (and even tiny) houses in Venice… And, of course, the Canals are fabulous.

  13. Baysider says:

    Yeah. Venice. I had a colleague looking for a starter home in Venice with his new bride. He finds nothing under $1M. No one used to walk down Brooks. Not any more. When Whole Foods does their research and moves into a neighborhood (as in Venice), you know it ain’t broke.

    More about Detroit farms. http://www.hantzfarmsdetroit.com/

  14. Impertinent says:

    IN SoFla…we have pockets of rot too. No city can escape them. And they’re 99% of the times sec 8 prisons anyway. Bars on the windows to keep the neighbors out. One town in Palm Beach County is majority black…and totally run by blacks. Not a white cop in sight. Highest crime, murder, rape, robbery stats in the entire county of a couple million. Every Day you can pick up the paper and it reads like Chicago. And the print the perps pictures….not that you’d need them. The names are enough of a clue.
    Here in my town we have a “Pearl City”…yea….historical. Uh huh. It’s about 3 blocks in all….city just spent a few million to upgrade it. But..we’re about 5% black. Not even maybe. With 90% white. They have the usual problems but the cops handle it well. Never anything like Ferguson.

  15. Baysider says:

    @Silverfiddle: “They cannot raise taxes unless approved by the voters.” You’ll soon find they call them fees instead of taxes, and dare you to sue their sorry asses to follow the law. After all, Colorado is full of ex-Californians where they learned that mischief.

  16. Baysider says:

    PS – SF, your post and links to the exchange on the leftie blog are well written and inspiring!

  17. John M. Berger says:

    @ Baysider,
    “You’ll soon find they call them fees instead of taxes”

    They already have and gotten away with it.

  18. geeez2014 says:

    Baysider, I sometimes watch House and Garden TV and am astonished…anywhere else in this country, you can get a 4 bedroom house with 2 1/2 baths, kitchen with granite and stainless steel and a pool for $350K. In LA, a tiny 2 bedrm house with 1 bath, on 27th and California, goes for at least a million. almost no yard, too. You know that all too well. It’s absolutely astonishing.
    I look at HUGE GORGEOUS homes in Atlanta or Tennessee or Ohio for half what my condo’s worth!!

  19. Kid says:

    I was going to say it’s ironic the liberals point and squeal at their own failures but they do it all the time. It is one of the major strategies they use to misdirect. Blame it on others before the folks figure it out on their own.

    Cincinnati has an area I like to call little Africa. Don’t drive there at night or even in the daytime for that matter. Most cities have these areas. In the Phoenix area it is South Phoenix that moves ever North but it is Mexican gang bangers to some extent but mostly just poor. It may be worth mentioning that I’d rather go to S Phoenix that the bad black areas of other cities. And I have – to find the best Mexican food when I lived there.

    Anyway, these are all areas that have been developed by the democrat party, starting largely with lbj’s great society. Nothing can be done with them – they get exponentially worse by the day and if you make any suggestion meant to be helpful, they point and squeal racist at you.

  20. Impertinent says:

    @Kid..”they point and squeal racist at you.”

    Then they put cow turds on your plate, sprinkle some sugar on it for them and call it donuts.

  21. Kid says:

    IMP, Well, you’re luckier than I am…

  22. geeez2014 says:

    Kid…’luckier’? You want those ‘donuts’ ?!!

    But, seriously…can ANYTHING ever be done with them when we have a whole underclass of people who didn’t do well in school, have druggies for parents, are druggies themselves, don’t work……and these folks had grandparents who worked hard, had great Christian faith that got them by, and urged their kids to do well. what the heck happened!?

  23. Kid says:

    Z, what happened? democrats.

    Well, IMP always gets the better stuff, bad as it is.

  24. Impertinent says:

    @Kid…you in Colorado tonight? What are you smokin son?

  25. geeez2014 says:

    Obama says race relations are better since he took office.
    Imp, I think HE’S in Colorado, too. Pass the joint…………….

  26. Impertinent says:

    @Z…I can’t figure him out tonight Z…..usually he’s lucid and loquacious….Perhaps it’s a bit of a New Years party warm up in addition to getting a new purple bong he told me he got for Christmas? LOL

  27. Kid. Who was it said, “If you find yourself on Martin Luther King Blvd, you don’t want to be there.”?

  28. John M. Berger says:

    Z,

    ” what the heck happened!?”
    Well, the WAR ON POVERTY & THE GREAT SOCIETY. I didn’t think that was still a question. Incidentally, read “THE BELL CURVE” copyright 1995 BY Charles Murray and, the late, Richard Herrnstein. It’s a tough read (800) pages but it’s SPOT ON. Anyone can ignore the truth, to be PC, but do it at your own peril!

  29. Impertinent says:

    @Ed..”If you find yourself on Martin Luther King Blvd, you don’t want to be there.”?”

    Jesse Jerkson?

  30. Impertinent says:

    @John…don’t need to read it. All I have to do is listen and look around to know that there’s a huge gap and differences in some cultures.

  31. Kid says:

    IMP Just a little humor. Plus I haven’t even looked at “news” for the last 10 days. The edge may be off and I’m currently enjoying that 🙂

  32. Impertinent says:

    @Kid…relax….tis the Season to chill. Just share some with me.

  33. Kid says:

    IMP, Chillin baby !

  34. John M. Berger says:

    @ IMP,
    “there’s a huge gap and differences in some cultures.”
    Yes and more, much more! Read the book.

  35. geeez2014 says:

    John, I understand all that ‘great society’, ‘lbj’ stuff, but I find it hard to believe the difference in Black Americans who are now eighty and the ones who are now eighteen…….drugs, I suppose, take a big part in that……Blacks who are now eighty were a PROUD people….the people now are PUNKS. In practically ONE GENERATION hand-outs worked THAT well?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bell_Curve
    I just ‘read’ the book 🙂
    Check this out:

    “In 1995, Noam Chomsky criticized the book’s accusations about race, saying that there is little evidence that IQ is genetic but that it is influenced by the environment. He goes on to criticize the notion that Blacks and people with lower IQs having more children is even a problem and criticized solutions the authors propose to stop it:

    There’s an easy solution to the problem: simply bring here millions of peasants driven from the countryside in China…and radically reduce Browne’s income…while Black mothers are placed in Manhattan high rises and granted every advantage. Then the Asian influx will raise the IQ level; and as serious inquiry demonstrates, the fertility rate of Blacks is very likely to drop while that of the children of the journalistic elite, Harvard psychology professors, and associates of the American Enterprise Institute will rapidly rise. The problem is solved.[25]”

  36. John M. Berger says:

    ?

  37. Impertinent says:

    “that IQ is genetic but that it is influenced by the environment.”
    So…look at the environment…that goes from one generation to the next and has been the “norm” for the past 50 years. I’ll accept environment as an excuse…one look at Ferguson or the race pimps on TV is enough to convince many that it hasn’t improved. The CIA Fact Book put the average IQ on the African continent at around 70 to 75. I’d say it’s their environment too. And for the past 70 years…post colonialism…their lot hasn’t improved by 5 points. Like it or not…we are a part of the animal kingdom…and it has it’s own hierarchy and always will. There will always be people who just can’t compete, learn or become a Bill Gates. And there will always be exceptional people that are Mensa’s. Many of whom come from very modest backgrounds.

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