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  •  Just happened on these recently: (2+ / 0-)
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    auapplemac, kurious

    http://www.weather.com/...
    http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/...

    I wanted to see what these "most dangerous" neighborhoods looked like, so I looked them up on Google street view. I ended up in Detroit, at Helen and Mack, and then onto East Grand Boulevard.

    Seeing the once-beautiful neighborhoods now half empty, with boarded-up still-liveable houses with broken windows, interspersed with houses where people still survive, although much of the community is gone--it brought tears to my eyes.

    •  google street view is likely very out of date (1+ / 0-)
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      marina

      just look up Detroit fires on youtube and then look at the street view on google earth and you'll come to the horrible truth... many of these houses are gone.

    •  Those houses look good... (1+ / 0-)
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      marina

      But inside most of them are gutted. Flooring's gone, pipes're gone. Wiring's been sold for scrap. They're basically shells.

      Hell, some aren't shells. It's pretty common for an abandoned building to have large sections of the brick facade gone, because one of the local semi-legal industries is to find somebody with a deed to a useless house, give them $50 for a 2% share of the House, and then loot the bricks. They usually don't bother getting the front, so they'd look OK on Street View. Occasionally the "entrepreneurs" involved in this sort business don't bother getting their names on the deed.

      It's actually a huge problem because Detroit's working class residents are absolutely convinced that if somebody would just hire them to fix those places up, they could learn a trade, and make a bundle. But the fact is that fixing those buildings would cost more then building a new McMansion, because instead of building from the ground up you have to maneuver your way around an 80-year-olf facade; they'd be worth less then the McMansion because they're smaller and in Detroit; and it gets even less workable if you're trying to do it with trainees.

      So the damn things sit and rot, occasionally being taken over by drug lords for illegal activities, and then burned down by local vigilantes seeking to prevent future drug-lord use (watch 8-Mile if you want an example of this), and since the brick facade facing the street is damn near indestructible everybody goes on thinking the house is just a fixer-upper.

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