SEARCH BLOG: DETROIT
A Climategate interlude....
Judging from the size of the annual Wayne County foreclosure announcements that appeared in the combine Detroit Free Press/The Detroit News on Sunday, the availability of those $2,000 homes is gradually shrinking. However, it is difficult to assign that change to greater demand for homes or even more people paying the mortgages for their homes rather than walking away.
But let's put a good spin on it anyway [click images for larger view]:
Full List: America's Fastest-Recovering Cities. Check near the bottom.
This is one of the first close-to-realistic assessments I have read in awhile... from basketball player turned businessman turned mayor: Dave Bing. While I don't agree with everything he proposes, he at least has the honesty to address the real problems rather than just create a few of his own as his predecessor did.
The idea of extensive urban farming has appeal because it sounds like a quick fix to tracts of vacant homes or empty lots. There are issues with urban farms such as the type of farming... crops versus animals... and limits on pesticides and herbicides to prevent poisoning of the neighborhoods that remain inhabited. Obviously, the taxes on land and income cannot be the same as other urban taxes or farming is not economically feasible. Security would be a concern in a high-crime urban environment... particularly against theft.
I'm still of the opinion that Detroit has to reorganize and consolidate geographically and allow significant portions of what is presently Detroit to become smaller townships that could be the cores of new enterprise zones... and, possibly, some agriculture. This would require a massive effort directed at the state level to condemn large areas and a huge expense to relocate people. The alternative is 20 more years of stagnation and decline.