Survey: 1 In 3 Detroit Homes Vacant

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  1. Survey: 1 In 3 Detroit Homes Vacant

    POSTED: Sunday, February 21, 2010
    UPDATED: 9:02 am EST February 21, 2010
    DETROIT, Mich. -- A survey that's expected to be an important tool as Detroit works to revitalize core neighborhoods and possibly shutter others finds about one third of residential lots are vacant or contain abandoned homes.

    The Detroit Data Collaborative on Saturday released the results of the block-by-block survey of Detroit's about 343,850 residential parcels.

    It found about 64 percent contained occupied housing.

    Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has proposed shrinking the city to make it more livable and wants to focus on repopulating and revitalizing core neighborhoods.

    That could include moving people from the worst areas.

    Bing's office says the survey will help in developing a land use plan.
  2. The remaing third of detroit is being sold off for farmland and scrap:

    DETROIT—Detroit, A Michigan-based financial group has announced ambitious plans to turn large swathes of crime-ridden Detroit into urban farmland. In the long term, Hantz Group hopes to develop up to 10,000 acres of underutilised and vacant land in Downtown Detroit - almost a tenth of the city's 143-square-mile area - and turn it into a mixture of cash crop land, ornamental gardens, and riding trails.

    DETROIT—Detroit, a former industrial metropolis in southeastern Michigan with a population of just under 1 million, was sold at auction Tuesday to bulk scrap dealers and smelting foundries across the United States.

    “This is what’s best for Detroit,” Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick said. “We must act now, while we can still get a little something for it.”

    Once dismantled and processed, Detroit is expected to yield nearly 14 million tons of steel, 2.85 million tons of aluminum, and approximately 837,000 tons of copper."

  3. Thanks for posting. Historical stuff to be sure.
  4. my god detroit is being destroyed
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    Hamtramak was the Polish enclave in Detroit, parady of Empire State of Mind by Jay Z. this is a crack up.
  6. There was an interesting biography of Marvin Gaye on the other night and alot of time was spent focusing on the Detroit Motown days pre-1972. They even mentioned that back in 70-71 when Marvin was going thru tough times he'd run over to Smokey's house about 7 miles from his place.

    Here is a recent piece about the homes that many of Detroit's former celebrities lived in and the people living there now. Smokey Robinson's place hasn't been lived in for a long time. Marvin Gaye's house 19105 Appoline Street has a Zillow value of $135,000, but I doubt that is even accurate, probably lower than that.
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