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The abandoned house of the week…and what’s with all of the crazies in Detroit?

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If you’ve ever been to Michigan and thought everyone sounded angry…well, they are. Just take a look at some comments randomly picked from the websites of the Detroit News and Free Press. If this is what the state’s left with when the young and educated move away,  Michigan is screwed. It would be entertaining to read the bizarre, angry, and erratic rants if it didn’t seem like these were common sentiments among many who live there.

‘Why do the “smoking Nazi’s” out there want to ban cigarette’s you ask? Because of that dreaded fantasy called “2nd hand smoke”. What a bunch of boloney.’  - Maybe you meant ‘baloney’, as in ‘phony baloney‘? And of course that second hand smoke thing is definitely phony baloney…it’s not paranoia if they’re really after you…

‘The new carpeting, paint, the glues in your furniture and new car, all should be banned. MOUTHWASH can cause mouth cancer, are they banning THAT? Politicians that sell their votes or are just stupid, and cause economic depressions that lead to shortened life spans, are they banning THEM!? DEPLETED URANIUM weapons that turn to dust, that is being blown around the world, and back onto US, are they banning them?’ - Damn politicians leading to shortened life spans…

‘Don’t these Socialist Idiot’s in Lansing have bigger things to worry about? They better start taxing and putting bans on fast food. I get sick to my stomach when I see someone inhaling a Bigmac or Whopper in two bites. This same person is wheel chair bound, or riding a “free” scooter because their legs can not support their own weight.’ - Wow…

‘Look out everyone the DO-GOODERS are after us again. Reading some of these comments just makes me wonder if I still live in America. Who cares if someone else is smoking? The argument that it won’t hurt business is bunk! Trust if bars could make more money by becoming non-smoking, they would become non-smoking in a NY minute. This is all part of a plot by the social elitist to DO-GOOD/control the uneducated simpletons. If we would just let the overeducated, civilized elitist who knows best for us to make all the “ Common Good” rules for society imagine how lousy this state will be? Look, only an idiot smokes. But a free Nation is built via all of us putting with each other’s idiotic actions. What will be next to be banned via the DO-GOODERS? A fast food TAX, A big car tax, A tax on adult movies? Maybe then a mandatory re-educational camps for smokers and fat people, political correctness training? The mind boggles. We are in more danger from the DO-GOODERS in this nation then a 100-osama bin ladens. Even if you don’t smoke remember the saga of the old Jewish rabbi who did complain when the Nazi’s took away the gays, handicapped, communist, and other outcasts. When it was time to take the Jews, there was no one left to complain to.’ - Possibly a definition of simpleton? A smoking ban is worse than a terrorist attack?

‘Unbelievable, that Democrats still get elected in Michigan. Of course, when radical-1984Obama gets done tearing up the rest of the country, Michigan will be like everyone else. . . and unemployed socialist utopia where everyone drives 1954 Chevs like Cuba. Free food. Free heallth care. Free of that nasty rich neighbor. Free, and happy at last.’ - I don’t even know where to find a ‘54 Chevy, but I’d like one!

‘Obama = “The Audacity of Hope”
BSDoggy = “Hope is a Bad Strategy”
OBAMA HAS NO STRATEGY!!
Obama = “Change you can Believe in”
BSDoggy = Your change is just what I thought it would be - spend our way into indebted socialism, that way we will alwyas be working for the “state” to keep it from bankruptcy. Thanks Hussein.’
- Yeah, thanks Hussein…I alwyas be working for the state…

‘I HOPE THESE TWO FAT PIGS, GET SOME WEIGHT LOSS PLANS IN THE POKEY!!!’ - ???

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‘Governor Scamholm,with all due respect, shut up. You have become, by the virtue of your lack of action over the past six years, totally irrelevant to the discussion.’ - Yeah…shut up…that’s good.

‘To the Governor. Please send this to the President it is for both of you

For the amount of 4 billion dollars I can solve several financial problems.

First there are about 400,000 tax paying employed workers in the U.S.

Number 1 give each person 1 million dollars tax free.

Each person must:

#1 quit his or her employment immediately, 400,000 new jobs Unemployment solved

#2 Each individual must purchase a new U.S. made vehicle Auto problems solved

#3 each individual mus purchase a home or pay off the mortgage on their existing home.
Home sales solved.

All of this for only 4 billion dollars. As large as this figure is, it is still a pittance of what has been given away to those who will never help the working person. If the Administration wants to help then give the money to us not AIG and the auto companies.’ - According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there were approximately 150 million workers in 2008. 150 million x $1 million = $150 trillion. Even using the screwed up numbers above, 400,000 x $1 million = $400 billion, not $4 billion.

Food in Detroit

When moving back to Michigan, we wanted to live in the city of Detroit and looked downtown at several developments, including “lofts”, and “brownstones” at several locations including, but not limited to, Brush Park. When we asked about the retail, including grocery stores, that Crosswinds had in there master plan for Brush Park, the response was, “We’re not planning anything. We hope somebody else will want to do that once they see what we do.” Wow, great, so I can spend $265,000 dollars on a shoddily constructed, faux brownstone condomiums, at the corner of Woodward and I-75, with no planned retail, where we’d have to drive who knows how many miles to get groceries in another city, or we could spend $150,000 to get a house in the close in suburbs, such as Royal Oak, Berkley, Ferndale, or Oak Park, and drive, or walk, minutes to no less than 10 grocery stores. We can also have good schools, good, reliable services, lower car insurance, lower home insurance, and be able to go for runs alone at night.

Hmm…what should we do? What did we do? Of course we bought a house in the suburbs. We now walk to grocery stores, the Post Office, ice cream shops, bars, parks, schools, and stores, all things we couldn’t have done living in most places in Detroit. Sure you might get some of the above, but you’re not going to get it all, and that defeats the purpose of living in a city. Having lived in, and visited many other cities, I have certain standards for a city. I don’t want to be an “urban pioneer, I want to be able to walk to the things that I need, I want public transportation, I want people to feel safe parking there car on the street when they visit me, and I want my wife to be able to go for a run in the evening by herself. I couldn’t have that in Detroit.

Recently, the Detroit News did a story on the lack of grocery stores in Detroit. Why would anyone pay more money to live in an area that has so much less than everywhere else? I could live in downtown Portland, Oregon, for a similar amount of money, and have all the things mentioned above. Detroit should be dirt cheap to live in. Sure, if I want to live in a gutted burned out, crack-house infested neighborhood, I could by a house for less than $50 Grand, but that doesn’t count.

The lofts on Merchants Row: a one bedroom apartment starts at $940. A good deal in a nice place, a bad deal when you have to drive everywhere for everything.

The Lofts at Rivertown: 685 sq. feet starts at $100,000. No basement. Park in and live in a gated community in an isolated section of the city. Wow, outstanding.

Grinell Place lofts: starting at $165,000 in Corktown. Is this a joke? Don’t get me wrong, Corktown’s pretty cool, but we spent way less for a larger house with a basement in a walkable community with schools, and every other possible amenity nearby.

I could go on, and the list would be large. Living in Detroit could be cool, but it’s not. Living in a decent place in Detroit should be cheap. Cheaper than the cheap, close in suburbs. But it’s not. Living in Detroit should provide you with the benefits of living in a city but it doesn’t. Those who bought a loft and think they’ll be selling at a profit? I wouldn’t bet on it.