Cnn has great coverage on this and other issues Detroit faces in their special series... Highly recommended for people from the area.
Specific article about urban farming:
Cnn has great coverage on this and other issues Detroit faces in their special series... Highly recommended for people from the area.
Specific article about urban farming:
They did something like this in Indianapolis in the early 90's. I remember my first time in Indy driving in from the burbs and then there was this swath of vaccant land. Being a visitor, I asked and was startled to hear that they simply demolished it to start over.
There was a fascinating piece in the Guardian about urban farming in Detroit a couple of months ago. People were buying the lots for nothing, clearing the debris and setting up small gardens and Farmer's Markets.
Someone upstream mentioned pushing people out. How many of those folks actually own their own homes? I covered the aftermath of Hurricane Floyd back in 1999 and 2000. FEMA went in with the Hazard Mitigation Plan (they buy the land at the tax value and turn into greenspace to prevent future flooding) and a lot of folks were aghast. How dare they seize our land! Then someone reminded them that it wasn't THEIR land. They were renters and the property owners lived a long way away and had no interest in overseeing the restoration process. It had been their mother's house or something. Mom (or whoever) had died and they were renting it out basically until it rotted away and got condemned. They were more than happy to get tax-value levels for a house that didn't have flood insurance and was currently under water.
I would imagine that a lot of the initial targets in Detroit will be cases of absentee landlords and structures that wouldn't pass inspections.
About two years ago, I talked to an urban forester about what would be needed to reclaim developed land into a natural setting. She said the big problem was soil compaction. You'd need to till pretty deep and mix in quite a big of organic matter. Trees would be tough because of their roots, but there were plants that would help loosen up the soil and eventually give way to heartier plants.
I know we aren't supposed to talk politics, so I apologize if this oversteps that boundary.
With all the money being thrown around with the stimulus, I was praying that they would take advantage of this and restart Michigan's cities by knocking down the "war-torn looking" areas of town.
I'm so happy they are doing this.
This wasn't really a political talk. I just think that the city of Detroit needs to spend what money it does have more efficiently. If they spend some money to resettle some holdouts, or knock down old buildings, they will save on the services as mentioned. this is a long term "rebuilding" plan. You need some vision and will to make this happen. Detroit could do it and probably mostly with its own money or money from the state.
The key is to think longer term.
But if they're going to destroy 1/4 of the city, I think they should bomb* it, rather than use bulldozers. This has nothing to do with sense and a lot to do with the pure awesomeness of destroying things in spectacular fashion via explosions.
*To be clear, when I say bomb, I am referring to the use of all types of air strikes, regardless of the vehicle used. I also would be perfectly happy if they decided to use cruise missiles on abandoned portions of the city, because that would also be very cool.
... the most realistic urban battle environment for US military training. Then you could have a modern warfare game made out of it.
Bombing would be much more cost effective, and with JDAM it would be very accurate too.
I know these things.
1 JDAM is probably worth more than an entire city block in Detroit.
Ok, if you like radical ideas on how to change Detroit, here are a couple I have heard from people close to me. These are not my ideas, just ones that I thought were interesting (don't shoot the messenger)
1. Establish and protect a large gay community. Gay communities bring a lot of people who are clean, educated and have lots of disposable income (no kids or families to support). What's more gay communities bring lots of cultural attractions, including cool restaurants and ecceltic shopping. And they are usually the safest part of the town (at least that is how it is in Chicago). This would further attract like minded (but not necessarily gay) people who value those sorts of things. The cascade effect would be great.
2. Elect a white mayor. This would never happen in Detroit's current state. Detroit needs to unwind itself as a "black only" city. Not saying a black Detroit mayor can't be more multi-cultural, but it seems that it is too ingrained in Detroit since Coleman Young. Not only that, it seems there is a large portion of the population who hate white people. In my opinion, I can't believe the leadership in Detroit gets away with such blatant racism. Maybe its the inherent racial double standard, maybe it isn't.
That's an absurdly high sterotype per area percentage. Impressive. I wasn't aware they could be packed in so tightly.
Certainly a lot of stereotypes in my post - remember, not my ideas. However, stereotypes are everywhere, and a lot actually have a high correlation of being true - there are many studies on it. And there is nothing wrong with stereotypes as long as you don't believe that people cannot break the stereotype.
So... if Detroit elects a white person, they'll be better off? Because... white people are more fit to lead? I don't see what you're going for, and how it isn't blatantly racist.
"Stereotypes have a lot of truth in them!"
This coming from a white kid who has lived in Detroit his whole life and has dreams of becoming mayor one day.
You've got Windy's vote!
First off, MGoAndy. Do you work for the Freep? Because, "Stereotypes have a lot of truth in them!" is not what I said, but you quote me as such.
Also, I am not saying Detroit should hire a white mayor, someone else did (and that person is actualy a professor at the University of Michigan, heavan forbid!) I was merely relay a radical idea. Not something I necessarily believe in, but I do believe that Detroit should unwind its "black only" mentality so people like yourself can run for mayor and actually have a chance. I must say, your skills in bending the context of my quote to suite your agenda would make you a perfect fit for Detroit mayor.
As for the idea of stereotypes. I don't have the article (on my home PC), but it basically says that certain cultural, genetic, and social factors contribute to the formation of a stereotype - the idea that many people of certain races or ethincities stick together and develop idiosyncratic and stereotypical behavior that is pass down to future generations. And this is not just a black thing (if that is what you were insinuating). The article talks of possible reasons of why:
- Italians like pasta
- Chinese are good at math (also part of a Outlier, by Malcolm Gladwell)
- White men (of western European descent) can't jump as high as most other races
- Even why African American's are more sensitive about race issues than other races
- etc etc
The article basically says that these are that there is a positive correlation between lots of stereotypes - and that for the most part is OK to analyze social trends and behaviors in this way. It becomes NOT OK when you believe that these stereotypes can't be broken or overcome simply because of your race. For instance, its OK to say that white men probably aren't good at jumping (after, there is a movie about it), but its NOT OK to say that white men can never jump higher than other races. Keep note, I did not write this stuff, just found it fresh and interesting.
Look. I understand that race is a taboo subject for most and that it can cause quite a stir. And I understand that many new radical ideas about race will not be well recieved. But please, don't act like a poor Freep columnist that can't quote someone correctly - I expect more out of Michigan fans
Excuse me while I go fuck myself.
"Chinese are good at math (also part of a Outlier, by Malcolm Gladwell)"
Chinese people are also really good at speaking Chinese. You know why? Because they learn it. And they work at it. And they become very good at it.
The Chinese language being inherently good at teaching children math does not explain why 2nd and 3rd generation Chinese in America who never learned Mandarin still excel in math.
You know why Chinese have a very high academic achievement level in the US? Because there are 1 billion of them back in China. Those 1 billion were not good/smart/lucky enough to make it out of china in the 60's-80's through all the cultural purges and literally being sent out to the countryside to work for the government at age 12. The ones who made it into the US taught themselves calculus III through a book.
Then, you take that 0.001% of the smartest and most driven Chinese who made it to the US and let them have children. They make damn sure that their kids are the best academically. This leads to idiots believing that all Chinese people must be more intelligent than they are by some sort of magical event. "Chinese are good at math".
There are around 800 million dumb Chinese people still in China. Their IQ bell curve falls in the same range as the US IQ bell curve. If the Chinese people were somehow miraculously 30 IQ points smarter than the average American, they would have conquered the world 5 times over by now.
So yes, there is often a grain of truth in a stereotype. What's important is determining the root cause of a stereotype and not just going "lol Chinese are good at math, let's go to China and have them do all of our math." So before you go off believing anything that Malcolm Gladwell tells you, why don't you go ask your Chinese friend (I assume you have at least one from your days in school) why THEY think they're good at math.
So at the end of this, look at the root cause of the problem. Why does Detroit elect black mayors? Is it because the city is 90% black? Is it because (white) suburban leaders treat Detroit like shit? Or is it RACISM!!!
Let me know how fucking yourself goes.
Love it! I couldn't agree with you more. Certain cultural, social and, in your example, political factors affect the formation of a stereotype.
Fucking myself was damn hot BTW. Damn hot!
Actually, white men can jump about as well as men of most other races. It's not so much that white men can't jump as that West African black men really can.
...the article was referring to white men from western Europe specifically.
WindyCityBlue, meet L. Brooks Patterson.
...and don't have time to Wiki him. Tell me more...
Oakland Country Exec., has a history of inflammatory, racist statements in relation to Detroit. He and Monica Conyers just LOVED each other.
but I'm shooting the messenger.
...your post was insightful
Did you really want me to go into detail about how I think you're an idiot for posting half baked semi-racist ideas on this board, then claiming that "The ideas were'nt mine, don't shoot the messenger."?
Clearly you thought they were valid enough to post here, but wanted to hide behind the fact that the "ideas belong to other people".
My post wasn't in response to the ideas presented, it was because you're a [REDACTED].
You give me the bulldozer, a food stipend, and a hotel to stay at after I pass out, I might just volunteer to bulldoze Detroit. Just the thought of free reign to destroy that much makes me feel all tingly inside.
This is the most true statement I have ever read.
Only in Detroit could the Mayor make a proposal to bulldoze a quarter of the city and be so warmly received by the populace.
Many Rust Belt cities are proposing this. I believe Youngstown has already done it.
yea, just a little light-hearted humor, i actually love Detroit. I do find it hilarious that a few people negged my post, though.
Local governments have also thrown this around in cities like Cleveland. The emminent domain issue would really suck--I'd be furious if I was forced to move.
However, it only makes sense to try and minimize the cities footprint. If you can seal off water, electric, and sewer services to many areas, that would represent a long-term cost savings to a city that badly needs it. Also, getting rid of some of the worst slum areas should help with vagrancy and crime--to a point.
However, like many posters have stated, there are still no jobs in the city. There would be a brief boom as things were torn down and nicer buildings were put up, but that isn't sustainable growth. Eventually, the building slows considerably, and something needs to take its place--and that doesn't exist in Detroit right now.
Somebody better tell that to Dubai.
I think that's the point of the farming idea. To make the entire community self-sufficient, to a point. You are right, though.
Keep in mind this really isn't about jobs at this point, it is about making the city finacially viable to continue on. First need to keep the city on a balanced budget, something that it can maintain, then you can work on strategies for incouraging job growth.
This plan of action is all about stopping the bleeding of Detroit to death. Once the patient is not on the verge of immediate death, you can work on other areas of concern.
Not that I know anything about business, but I would imagine cheap open land, some denser and better cared for neighborhoods as population centers, viable mass transit (like the lightrail going in on Woodward) and maybe some more business friendly city initiatives (I don't know what tax incentives are like in the D - like I said, just speculating here) might lend itself to more businesses moving in. Nobody wants to move into a slum, but an open lot would probably be a different deal altogether.
I think this is a great idea, provided they can convince the more isolated citizens to move. It would provide Detroit with the ability to regrow, slowly reestablish services to newer areas as their tax income increases, and actually properly plan the city.
You want a proper plan for the city?
Launch Arcos. Everywhere. On every piece of open land.
Sim City FTW.
Agreed, but there still needs to be a follow up plan. You aren't going to demolish that much overnight. The demo/construction jobs will go to Detroiters, but as part of the plan, the city needs to properly zone and incentivize the return of business to the city that make the rebuilt/redone areas livable and provide the foundation for long-term prosperity. Otherwise, the money is going to be thrown away. Costs may decrease, but there still won't be enough revenue.
The city's resources are stretched to the breaking point. There are vast sections of the city (especially on the east side, but also southwest and elsewhere) where neighborhoods have just a handful of occupied homes. The city is obligated to provide policing, education, mail and snow removal to these isolated homes, and it's costing a fortune. And in the process, residents of better-maintained neighborhoods also suffer as the city's limited resources can't fully provide services to them, either. Detroit is unlikely to ever again exceed 1 million residents, let alone reach its 1950 figure (1.85 million). It's time to downsize. And if the city ever does start gaining population, it can be rebuilt more efficiently with higher-density residences.
As long as it's someone else's neighborhood, it's a good idea, eh boys?
I've been saying they should bulldoze Michigan from the thumb down--but of course, there goes lilly-white, gawd-fearin' Grand Crapids--and we can't do that to white folks!
Har Har. What a shit hole Detroit is. The problem is--it's the attitudes of the people. The auto industry has been on life support for 30 years and now, finally, when enough suburban fat-ass soccer moms now want to cram their cellulite-stuffed capri's into lillte, suffering (never stopping) Toyota or Honda hybrids instead of mini vans, Detroit can't handle it and is now "outdated"
So yeah, let's nuke it--and continue to pay farmers not to grow crops on about 75% of their land.
And it's exactly this kind of knee-jerk resistance to change, with a fun coating of race-baiting on top, that has caused to Detroit to sink further and further over the past 30 years.
I guess you'd prefer the status quo - a city with 30,000 abandoned homes, acres and acres of vacant property, horrific city services and an atrocious crime rate?
"I guess you'd prefer the status quo - a city with 30,000 abandoned homes, acres and acres of vacant property, horrific city services and an atrocious crime rate?"
I'm a glutton for punishment, where do I sign?
I kid, I kid.
That's all I have to say
Because pointless ad hominem is awesome! (Not that I'm defending his comments either.)
At what point are we going to blame GM killing public transportation in Detroit as being a cause of the urban sprawl?
After Houston blames Big Oil for doing the same thing here.
More to the point, GM is what gave Detroit money for so long. The public accepted the money without planning ahead and going ahead with public transport anyway. Same thing in Houston. While Big Oil still gives us some benefits, we've at least started on public transport anyway.
If the lack of public transit is what caused the urban sprawl, then whatever GM did happened way back in the 50s and earlier. So laying that blame would pretty much be nothing more than Detroit's usual MO: when in doubt, blame the past and throw rocks at the people that did a lot more good than bad.