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Urban Problem Bigger Than Detroit

Drew fm Downey2 Wrote: Mar 25, 2013 6:59 PM
Why should the City pay to demolish these buildings? Sell them all with the proviso that the new owners must 1) pay cash, 2) raze everything within 12-months or forfeit title, 3) be undergoing the rebuilding within 24-months under the same penalty. Also, any bureaucratic recalcitrance in approving the demolition or redevelopment will bring termination and permanent disqualification from further governmental employment within the State of Michigan.

We are now hearing the usual voices of protest in Detroit in the wake of Michigan governor Rick Snyder appointing an outside expert to take over financial management of the near-bankrupt city.

Detroit is the largest city in American history to be seized in this fashion and turned over to an outside manager.

Reported deficit of the city is $327 million dollars and long-term liabilities are in the range of $14 billion.

But no matter to the unions, politicians, and bureaucrats who have been at the helm for years as the city has spiraled into the depths of the black hole...