Lion of the Blogosphere

Detroit in the NY Times

There are 380,217 parcels of land in Detroit, and a NY Times article how the city is attempting to photograph each parcel and determine how many of them are vacant and/or dilapidated and in need of demolition. There are estimated to be between 78,000 to 90,000 vacant parcels, but no one knows for sure.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 18, 2014 at 6:49 am

Posted in News

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  1. Although Detroit is in a dire state, I say it’s isn’t all that different from much of NYC, or another American city that looks like an urban sewage dump.

    American cities want to be like Asia – cold, boring, lacking in culture, but with less technological sophistication.

    JS

    February 18, 2014 at 8:46 am

  2. Judging from Detroit’s ruinous condition, American cities want to look like Mogadishu.

    Oswald Spengler

    February 18, 2014 at 10:03 am

  3. Its so disappointing when NYT stories like this dont have a Comments section so the Times readers can tell us their wisdom.

    ClusterofGrapes

    February 18, 2014 at 10:26 am

  4. Detroit represents The Colored State
    Thus, it titillates the Feudal Manhattan Elite who purged and gentrified it long ago – by vampirically sucking it (and other cities) dry during its Koch Bailout.

    Like a wealthy mansion-owner who shoots a burglar
    Then orgasmically reads every news blurb about home invasion he can.

    Firepower

    February 18, 2014 at 10:29 am

  5. This is what happens when a city achieves sufficient vibrancy and diversity.

    sciences with lispses

    February 18, 2014 at 10:44 am

    • Detroit wasn’t as diverse as Chicago, NYC or a West Coast city.

      JS

      February 18, 2014 at 1:36 pm

  6. The difference between Detroit and NYC is that the government bailed out NYC in the 1970s and didn’t bail out Detroit in the 1960s.

    Rotten

    February 18, 2014 at 11:00 am

    • Detroit was always a one-industry city, while New York was always the center of finance and banking, advertising, fashion, media, corporate services (public accounting and BIGLAW) which haven’t gone away.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 18, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      • Not to mention immigrants, who replace the old ones, when it comes menial services for NYC’s SWPL elite. Detroit is geographically located in flyover country, which mean less accessibility for newcomers. Blacks of course are poor workers with low future time orientation, and are no match for Mexicans, and other 3rd world non-Whites.

        JS

        February 18, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    • The difference between Detroit and NYC is that whites left Detroit in sufficient numbers and blacks took over the government, thus ensuring a collapse. Most other majority black cities are suffering the same fate to a more or less degree.

      peterike

      February 18, 2014 at 12:45 pm

  7. On the general topic of urban blight, I wonder if Lion has been following the recent double murder in Pittsburgh of sisters Susan and Sarah Wolfe. The sisters belonged to a family of idealistic Obamabots. Their older sister Mary is a Democratic member of the Iowa State legislature.

    They recently moved to a nice old house in a sketchy but gentrifying area of Pittsburgh called East Liberty.

    http://qctimes.com/news/local/man-sought-as-witness-in-slayings-of-wolfe-sisters/article_ac48e83a-988d-11e3-95d9-001a4bcf887a.html

    Rosenmops

    February 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm

  8. Those parcels in Detroit are a buying opportunity. Prices have nowhere to go but up, and the same geographic advantages that made Detroit an industrial powerhouse in the past remain there today.

    Dave Pinsen

    February 18, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    • You have to pay tax on them, but you can’t live in them without getting shot and killed, so they have negative worth.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      February 18, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      • You have to pay a fee to store gold. Doesn’t mean gold has “negative worth”.

        Dave Pinsen

        February 19, 2014 at 12:35 am

      • There is a liquid market for gold.

        Dan

        February 19, 2014 at 7:12 am

      • Apparently, the Asians have been collecting them like marbles.

        JS

        February 22, 2014 at 10:21 am

    • Remind me what those geographic advantages are? Especially given that the widening of the Panama Canal will make international freight shipping to and from the Americas even easier and cheaper? I would concur in your point if it was limited to the Detroit Airport which is well positioned. But, where are the other advantages? BTW- is the airport, which is nice enough, run by a separate port authority?

      Curle

      February 18, 2014 at 10:45 pm

  9. Maybe Detroit is better than New York City:

    As a native New Yorker, I left my cushy apartment & stressful existence in Manhattan for a gorgeous apartment downtown (1/4th the rent, 2 times the space)- sans any incentives at all. I fell in love with Detroit, after years of actually vacationing here… and decided I wanted to be part of the urban renewal and live a much higher quality of life (with way nicer neighbors).

    This comment is found here:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2012/07/10/a-shocking-sight-in-downtown-detroit/2/

    Sounds like BS! But then again, Manhattan sucks because it’s overpriced dump with too many NAMs, and people who only care about how much you make and where you live.

    JS

    February 19, 2014 at 12:15 am

    • That was 2012 and the situations are little better.

      colmainen

      February 19, 2014 at 7:23 am

    • When I was in Detroit a year ago, I went into a Starbucks and one of the baristas said be careful, it’s hot, as was she handed my cup of tea to me. Surprisingly, there were no NAMs working at the counter, which you would find at a NYC’s Starbucks, that are usually known for their rude service, heavily staffed by blacks, Hispanics, and delusional Whites.

      JS

      February 19, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      • Blacks who work at Starbucks in NYC are far, far better than blacks who work for any other food/retail chain.

        Renault

        February 19, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      • Really? They never say thank you to me and just hand me my drink.

        JS

        February 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      • Maybe I’ve just had abnormally great experiences.

        (Or you’ve never been to a McDonald’s in Manhattan, lol.)

        Renault

        February 19, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      • I don’t understand how you can say blacks who work for Starbucks are far better than their brothers and sisters at Mickey Ds or any other retail outlet. Consumer Affairs already have a client by the name of “Andrew” from NYC, who was complaining that a certain racial group makes businesses unpleasant places to visit, time after time.

        This is the gist of his complaint:

        Meanwhile they are there to work not to get pissed off at customers and take out their own frustrations on customers. These cumulative experiences make me not want to go to Starbucks but it doesn’t stop there. I’d like to file a complaint with the company and specifically it has been my experience that workers of a certain racial background time and time again display absolutely zero skills in making the store a pleasant place to visit.

        http://www.consumeraffairs.com/food/starbucks.html

        It must be those Asian baristas at Starbucks! (Lol…)

        JS

        February 22, 2014 at 2:00 am

  10. Lately I have this odd desire to buy some cheap real estate. by cheap I mean no more than $1000. For that amount I could get (1) a rundown abandoned house in Detroit or (2) some middle-of-nowhere land in Texas or New Mexico, 20 miles from the nearest paved road and with no utilities of any sort. (1) sounds more adventurous, while (2) would have fewer hassles.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    February 19, 2014 at 10:34 pm

  11. I drove through Detroit last year en route to a wedding in Grosse Pointe. The city truly lives up to its reputation of being permeated by an aura of doom and decay.

    The last movie I saw about Detroit was “Gran Torino,” where Clint Eastwood teaches an Asian teenager how to do construction projects and fix cars while he is being harassed by gangbangers. The gang of bullies is entirely Asian. In real life, Detroit is 83% black and 1% Asian.

    JWS

    February 22, 2014 at 12:11 am

    • Apparently, the Chinese or Asians have been hoarding decrepit real estate in Detroit on a shopper’s spree. I don’t expect anything wonderful to happen by this event.

      JS

      February 22, 2014 at 10:15 am

    • The sight of blacks in Manhattan isn’t all that insignificant, when comparing to Philly, Detroit, Oakland, or even Camden. There are a lot of blacks in NYC. People complain about black crime in Chicago, but the blacks in the Windy City are mostly segregated in certain areas. In NYC, blacks are everywhere, even on the UES, home to wealthiest of bobos.

      JS

      February 22, 2014 at 10:19 am


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