Archive for September, 2010

Iglesia de Dios, Inc

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Fear over downsizing

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Some people can’t help themselves, some can’t accept the help of others, and some will never be happy. The latter category is apparently the camp some Detroiters fit into. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, a lot of residents fear what downsizing…I mean “right sizing” will mean for them and their neighborhoods. Because as things stand now, a plan to actually do something is more scary than the present plan, which is to allow the city to continue its long decline towards oblivion.

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Yes, some may have to move from the home they love. And no, the gestapo will not drag you from your house. But once the city consolidates services, your one house neighborhood may be, by all intents and purposes, abandoned (like it isn’t already?).  “Of course you don’t have to evict people to force them to move…” That statement is true of course. At some point some residents may have to move. Like it or not, the road ahead is going long and rough. Many will not be happy, but is anybody happy with the present circumstances?

Detroit Pheasant

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For years I’ve been spotting pheasants in the city of Detroit. This one was out in the late evening during a spring snowstorm. I’ve seen them in many parts of the city, and almost had one hit my windshield while driving down Chene near Mack.

Searching online I came across several articles about pheasants in the city. The Metro Times had this article, the Free Press had this one about pheasant hunters training their dogs in vacant lots in Detroit,   and of course, this Time article mentions pheasants in a piece on urban renewal.

The Craig’s Chapel Baptist Church

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Fires

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Three devastating fires in three states in the same week…

Near Boulder, Colorado almost 170 homes in a scenic area known as Fourmile Canyon have burned in a fire of unknown origin. In San Bruno, California, near San Francisco, a ruptured gas line caused an explosion that killed at least four people and destroyed nearly 40 homes. In Detroit downed power lines, and illegal electrical hookup, strong winds, and apparently dysfunctional services led to fires that destroyed 71 homes several days.

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Which is the most devastating? A fire possibly caused by nature, an explosion from an approximately 60 year old underground gas pipe, or one caused by a person living in poverty illegally hooking up to the electrical system, combined with power lines that have been down for days? It probably doesn’t matter, though many of the people who lost their houses in Detroit probably don’t have home owners insurance. And while they could by a house in the city for $10,000, some probably can’t afford even that. The only upside is that apparently only 29 of the 71 homes were confirmed as occupied…

The abandoned house of the week

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City of Highland Park: Working For You

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The photo above was take in October of 2004. The below image is, presumably, somewhat newer.


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Updated map of abandonment

Many houses have been torn down since I last updated the map.


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