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It will cost almost $2 billion
to rid Detroit of urban blight

The Week, by Peter Weber

Original Article

Posted By:NorthernDog, 5/29/2014 6:44:13 PM

Detroit has plans to raise and spend about $450 million to tear down blighted buildings — houses and other structures that are structurally unsound, damaged, or being used as trash-dumping ground. A new report released Tuesday says that Detroit will have to spend almost double that to rid itself of blight, and quickly, before it drags down more neighborhoods and the once-great, now-bankrupt Motor City. The Detroit Blight Removal Task Force, convened by President Obama last fall, based its report on a massive, detailed survey of Detroit´s 377,000 parcels of land, concluding that the city should quickly demolish about 40,000

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Now they want billions to clean up the devastation of their own making.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: curious1, 5/29/2014 6:47:54 PM     (No. 9866229)

Until the libtards aren´t running things there, no amount of money will make a permanent change. No bailout!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bpl40, 5/29/2014 6:49:22 PM     (No. 9866230)

What will it cost to get rid of Detroit?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Hugh Akston, 5/29/2014 7:01:31 PM     (No. 9866240)

I´m feeling snarky...does that include airfare?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 5/29/2014 7:23:19 PM     (No. 9866251)

Detroit is now just a waste of good farmland. It should be restored to growing crops.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: IowaDad, 5/29/2014 7:29:55 PM     (No. 9866257)

1) Dig hole.
2) Push dilapidated house into it
3) Cover house with dirt from hole
4) Move to next house

Cost: 20 hours of bulldozer rental and driver per unit ~ $1500
For 70,000 houses ~ $100 million

So what is the other $1,999 million for? Soft drinks and cupcakes? Community organizers?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: oh-heck, 5/29/2014 7:31:00 PM     (No. 9866262)

I often wondered whether it would be possible to buy about 2 square miles of Detroit and create a gated community. But I kept coming back to the fact that it was Detroit. Was it ever tribal lands?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: droopydog, 5/29/2014 7:45:48 PM     (No. 9866287)

Who are they kidding? Two billion is just the bill for the ribbon cutting ceremony and Moochelle´s travel expenses.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mossley, 5/29/2014 8:06:17 PM     (No. 9866302)

I think it would be cheaper to ship out all the welfare recipients and their broods out of Detroit. Get the figurative trash out of the city and normal people might feel safe to move back in, and then the literal trash would be less of an issue.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: frede, 5/29/2014 8:09:25 PM     (No. 9866308)

Richard J. Daley, (Senior) former Mayor of Chicago, once said "Slums are people, not buildings". Was it a slip of the tongue, or did he mean it? He then corrected it to the politically acceptable.

Money is not a solution to Detroit´s problem. Responsible people are. Presently, what company would relocate to Detroit?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Screwgun, 5/29/2014 8:29:03 PM     (No. 9866332)

They should sell Detroit to Ontario for $1.00 but only if they´ll take Flint and Pontiac too.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: fishbone, 5/29/2014 8:34:31 PM     (No. 9866337)

#5, a couple of gallons of gas and a lighter are cheaper still.

#8, great idea. How about the middle of Nowhere, Utah or New Mexico. Or, better still maybe we can make a deal with China for one of their "ghost" cities. Then, we can all start a pool on how long it would take them to totally destroy a pristine city ... I´m picking 6 months (but, then again, I´m a generous optimist).

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Reply 12 - Posted by: strike3, 5/29/2014 9:12:23 PM     (No. 9866401)

Build a wall around it and tell the mexican border hoppers that it´s a sanctuary city. Two birds with one stone.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: thewarden, 5/29/2014 9:23:11 PM     (No. 9866410)

Hillary has stolen $6 billion--hit her up for it.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: banal_resentive, 5/29/2014 11:04:52 PM     (No. 9866516)

I´d think one relatively clean nuke set to air-burst would be a lot cheaper than that.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: mackrand, 5/31/2014 8:18:04 PM     (No. 9868786)

This is just about confirming that Detroit is history if it´s going to take a half billion bucks to clean up the democrats problem child city. There is no way they can find fifty bucks let alone $450,000,000.

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