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View Diary: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder deals democracy another blow (291 comments)

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  •  Because half of the city is empty. (0+ / 0-)

    And it makes it ungovernable, as you still have to provide services for blocks that contain one occupied residence.

    Nobody is talking about bulldozing culturally relevant things, and downtown and midtown's turnaround in the last 15 years has been quite impressive.

    •  Depends on what culturally relevant things. (1+ / 0-)
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      COBALT1928

      What about things like the Heidelberg Project?  Would that be in danger (again) of being bulldozed along with the parts mentioned?

      •  Probably not. (0+ / 0-)

        Previous mayors have wanted to bulldoze it, but the current mayor is flogging it as a tourist attraction.  

        "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

        by Yamaneko2 on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 02:14:05 PM PST

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    •  And if you tear down everything in that half (2+ / 0-)
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      COBALT1928, indie17

      You'll wind up with squatters, tent cities, large enclaves of homeless, rats, disease, etc.

      Even if there's no housing there, you STILL have to monitor it, maintain something, even if its just fields.

      Why not turn those areas into farms? There are plenty of people who would jump on that, likely a lot of Amish who've been priced out of farmland close to where they currently live.

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