On Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 9:48:11 PM UTC-6, Molly Brown wrote:
Yeah, being in the USA is like living in heaven.
In alt.home.repair, on Mon, 11 Feb 2019 07:39:16 -0800 (PST),
It looked very nice from the air. Lots of trees, streets in good
condition. House on its right was boarded up at the front door, but
that might get sold too. Lots of people can't afford 400,000, 100,000,
or even 50,000 plus property taxes.
I have reasons I have to live in a city, but for other people it could
On Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 6:00:23 AM UTC-5, devnull wrote:
You're not wrong. Coleman A. Young was very bad for the city of Detroit.
Still, there are signs of life in the old girl. If they only had the
fortitude to move people off of blocks where there's only one house
standing, it would help with their infrastructure budget.
On Tue, 12 Feb 2019 03:55:49 -0800 (PST), email@example.com
And in some areas they have - and have bulldozed entire blocks of
houses in better shape than that one. Some of the land is actually
Duggan is making a lot more progress than his predecessors in the
mayor's office - demolished about 12000 delelect buildings in his
first 3 years.
The average price of homes sold in Detroit in 2012 was $7,500. As of
January 2013, 47 houses in Detroit were listed for $500 or less, with
five properties listed for $1. Despite the extremely low price of
Detroit properties, most of the properties have been on the market for
more than a year as the boarded up, abandoned houses of the city are
seldom attractive to buyers. The Detroit News reported that more
than half of Detroit property owners did not pay taxes in 2012, at a
loss to the city of $131 million (equal to 12% of the city's general
The first comprehensive analysis of the city's tens of thousands of
abandoned and dilapidated buildings took place in the spring of
2014. It found that around 50,000 of the city's 261,000 structures
were abandoned, with over 9,000 structures bearing fire damage. It
further recommended the demolition of 5,000 of these structures.
ANd fully 1/5 of all residential buildings in Detroit are vacant and
abandoned, with no taxes being collected from them. Of that 20%, it is
estimated that over half are NOT restorable, even if you could find
tenants - at any price.
The question is, would you spend $14000 for an empty lot in that
location? That's about what yopu would have invested by the time you
got it torn down. Then you would need to build a new house on it.
Would you build anything in that location? Not when there are much
better homes available in better locations for not a whole lot more.
To restore that house to liveable condition would cost well over
$30,000, and it is is a "dead" neighbourhood Over half the houses are
vacant and up for sale - most of them with back taxes owing (on top of
the purchase price) - and most of them pretty much gutted. In ther
'50s it was an "upand coming" neighbourhood - and a lot of the houses
are a lot fancier and better built than that one - and are available
for under $20,000 - and have OBVIOUSLY been vacant for YEARS.
Lots of better areas in Detroit if you decided you wanted to live in
that city, with houses in MUCH better condition, for less than it
would cost to make that liveable. There's a GOOD reason it's been for
sale for a couple of years - for a price less than the cost of a good
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