Detroit wants to save itself by shrinking

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by John Picard, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. John Picard

    John Picard Vice Admiral Admiral

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100308/ap_on_bi_ge/us_downsizing_detroit

    Wow. Just -- WOW. I've driven around/through that festering shithole of a city and have always wondered if something like this would ever happen. I often wondered if an American city ever tear down abandoned neighborhoods and shrink itself. Overall, I think this is fantastic. Get rid of the blight and become concerned for the citizens. This goes with my thread in the Science/Technology forum concerning high speed rail. It's high time the US realize that dependency on the automobile, along with the urban sprawl it creates, leads to something like what's happening in, of all places, Detroit Michigan.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Squiggy

    Squiggy FrozenToad Admiral

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    About time. There's no way that Detroit will ever be able to maintain the property inside it's city limits now. Might as well shrink things down to a manageable area.
     
  3. BrotherBenny

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    Why won't Omni Consumer Products buy the festering crap and turn it into Delta City, patrolled by Robocop...
     
  4. Canadave

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    I believe Detroit is actually following in the footsteps of one of their Rust Belt cousins: Flint, Michigan began this process about a year ago, if I'm recalling correctly.

    Now, if we can only convince somewhere like Phoenix to start shrinking...
     
  5. datagal

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    I can go for it.
     
  6. Savage Dragon

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    Makes sense to me.
     
  7. Serial thread killer

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    Its sounds good as long as the people who live in a area that is going to be pulled down get another house or get enough money to buy another house and don't just end up on the streets.
     
  8. MeanJoePhaser

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    The Bottled City of Detroit, now at the Fortress of Insolventude*

    *(There's no such word.)
     
  9. ***

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    This plan sounds expensive. How can the city possibly afford this?

    Oh, now I get it. More spending of money we don't have. Screw Detroit.
     
  10. Canadave

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    ^ The alternative is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to maintain infrastructure that isn't being used. If that land is no longer urban, there's 40 sq. miles which no longer need water pipes, an extensive power grid, road maintenance, schools, police coverage, etc. Long term, it's probably a money-saving proposal.
     
  11. John Picard

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    Not to mention squatters, urban blight/pollution, roving gangs, etc. Nope, it's time to remove the sprawl and intelligently plan a city.
     
  12. Trekker4747

    Trekker4747 Boldly going... Premium Member

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    Yeah. That's what she said!
     
  13. The Haunted Toilet

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    Why not rent the land to movie companies? It'd be perfect for post-apocalyptic action flicks, Escape from New York-type movies, anything requiring vast swaths of urban ruin. They could just abandon the land and let the buildings decay -- the dirtier and more dilapidated, the better!
     
  14. Trekker4747

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    Leave The Detroit! Everyone leave The Detroit!
     
  15. Canadave

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    Do you really think there are that many movie companies that need abandoned urban areas to shoot in? Again, we're talking 40 square miles, here. That's a massive amount of land. I'm sure that one square mile preserved would be enough for these purposes.
     
  16. Hound of UIster

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    ^Thats a joke, dude.
     
  17. The Haunted Toilet

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    Yes, I was being facetious, but there's a grain of sense in the idea, don't you think? Like selling houses near airports to deaf people.
     
  18. RJDiogenes

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    Maybe they could turn it into a gated community for people who like the Post Apocalyptic genre. :cool:
     
  19. Squiggy

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    Welcome to Mad Max Acres. Condo fees are due by the 5th of the month.
     
  20. BrotherBenny

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    I suppose the main street in Mad Max Acres is called Snake Pliskin Drive?