Wow, those are amazing.
Came across these photo sets of some urban ruins in Detroit. Pretty amazing stuff:
An essay description about photos:
Wow, those are amazing.
“We shape our Cities, thereafter they shape us.”
Those photos of Michigan Central Station are downright sad.
Just when you think your own city can't get its act together -- there is always Detroit.
Somewhere I had a real estate page of Detroit houses. It was the old ritzy neighborhood where all the CEOs lived in the '20s. Literally dozens of grand old 4-bedroom houses >2000sf were available for less than $100k, many for less than $50k, and some as low as $10k. Most of them looked decent from the street views, although locals were saying that alternate blocks looked like Mogadishu on a bad day. It was pretty funny to see the payment calculator calculate mortgage payments well under $100. Good bones on the houses, but expensive to heat and cool.
You could get crazy returns on investing as a fixed-upper if there was an upside to the Detroit area at all, but it's hard to see. Meanwhile the city property taxes are horrendous (on the order of 2-3x here), state income tax in addition, crime rate such that you're paying $5k or so a year in home insurance, dysfunctional city and state governments, etc...
"Ultimately, helmet laws save a few brains but destroy many hearts."
- T.J. DeMarco
Well if you believe RoboCop, Dallas won't be too far behind!Originally Posted by hamiltonpl
Detroit is in sad condition. The new Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, is just a flagrant cook and is trying to tout the little bit of investment in the city as his prize - even though articles abound of "new urbanism". If it weren't for the 20+ year trend of decreasing population in Detroit, I'd say some of these potentially amazing homes were prime for the picking - but Michigan needs to stem the job loss issue before the city will rebound. It's a sad, sad thing. I have friends and family still living in Michigan...
Anybody who is interested in urban ruins HAS to check out American Ruins and The New American Ghetto. Two of my all-time favorite books. It'll really make you sad for what we've lost as a country over the past 50 years.
Consumers are not [the same as] citizens, and when a system pretends that they are, peculiar and even perverse things happen to decision making and democracy... - Benjamin Barber
Great video series on Detroit showing a positive and hopeful side. (Yes, I know they are trying to sell a product.)
Tighten the female dog!
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