posted on Jul, 21 2004 @ 02:24 PM
Anyone from Detroit can argue this fact with you. One of the reasons Detroit is a festering hole, is because of the housing scams of the late 70's
and throughout the 80's. As Detroit became more 'desegragated', fiesty realtors would move in the most loud and obnoxious families into the vacant
houses. This would of course lead to 'white flight'. But, unaware that the realtors and City Housing Inspectors were in cahoots, they found they
could not sell their houses, do to alleged 'much needed repairs'. The realtor would then approach the home owner, and offer to buy the house at a
dirt cheap price, which the owner of course would accept. With most of its tax base scurrying into the 'burbs, Detroit had less and less revenue to
work with. Less money=less city repairs=one big stink hole of a city.
No wonder an aquiantance of mine tried to sell me his 3-story, 2 bathroom on Livernois Ave., in Detroit, for only $3000.00. That's it. That's all it
was worth. That same house here in Chicago would be upwards of $270,000.
Detroit caused it's own problems. They are on the verge of bankruptcy. Their mechamics at DDOT(Detroit Dept. of Transportation, on Mack ave.), were
making in the area of $100,000 a year. This because of the overtime they were getting. And there are still over 400 buses sitting out in the parking
lot at DDOT, waiting for repairs. The City of Detroit purchased 10's of natural gas street trollies, but didn't have the facility built to work on
them. As they started breaking down, they sat in the yard for over 2 years. We rebuild the engines for the buses in Detroit. They cost around $22,000
each. We rebuild about 4 or 5 a month. When we unload the truck, the previous engines that we delivered months and months ago are still sitting there,
waiting to be installed. Detroit is now having their buses towed to us, to have the engines pulled, and the rebuilt engines installed. This caused a
scene with the mechanics up in Detroit. The same guys making $100,000 a year, but who were so backlogged (laziness?), they couldn't keep up.
I used to get purchase orders from DDOT for engine and transmission parts. An order can consist of $50,000 in parts, and I did plenty of them. These
same parts are still sitting there, on the floor, at DDOT. They are now looking for a buyer for them, because they purchased too many. We have open
invoices from the City of Detroit, dating to over 3 years old, that have yet to be paid. The just don't have the money to pay at the moment.
Ever been down I94 in Detroit? That makes the expressways in Chicago look golden.
The City of Detroit brought all these problems down on themselves. There is no 'outside' conspracy here.