In the Davison Freeway and East McNichols area on Detroit's east side, Rosetta Newby knows the cost of living in a neighborhood marked by abandonment.
Her homeowners insurance is escalating, and no other company will insure her at an affordable rate, she said. Her bank turned her down for a loan for new windows and other improvements to her home of 44 years on Charest.
On the wall in the Planning and Development Department's office, a map shows the areas of the city broken down into steady, transitional, distressed and varied markets.
Only a fraction of the city is steady -- neighborhoods such as Palmer Woods. Most of the city is varied. Other neighborhoods, such as Grandmont-Rosedale, are transitional.
Steady neighborhoods have little blight and a high number of owner-occupied homes; transitional neighborhoods are considered either on the upswing or a downward spiral; varied neighborhoods have some streets that are stable and others that are deteriorating, and distressed areas have a high amount of blight, few amenities such as stores and restaurants, and few block clubs.
When Rosetta Newby and her husband moved to their neighborhood near the Davison Freeway and East McNichols 44 years ago, it was racially mixed, and on every lot stood an occupied home.
Newby, 75, and now a widow, recalls the neighborhood had grocery stores, restaurants and other businesses. She could walk to everything.
Four decades later, nine occupied houses remain on her stretch of Charest. The closest grocery store is miles away on 7 Mile Road, and many businesses such as dry cleaners and drug stores are gone.
"We had stores and everything over here," she said.
Newby's neighborhood, and others like it in Detroit, may one day disappear completely, if the city has its way. The city has decided to concentrate its resources in more stable neighborhoods and provide little, if any, services to heavily blighted areas.
The City of Detroit can no longer afford to give the same services to all areas. Neighborhoods now are ranked according to a market type that will determine which city services an area receives. Among the factors considered are how many people live in the neighborhood, the number of bank-owned houses and whether there are stores, schools and other amenities.
Originally posted by proob4
You think Detroit is bad. Look into Flint or even worse Saginaw. People don't realize how the government sold out all these people and their cities years ago for corporate profit.
Originally posted by underduck
I grew up in a suberb of Detroit until my family moved in 1997. It breaks my heart to go back home and see how bad things are there. I fear (as you do) that this is going to spread to other cities as well in the very near future.
Originally posted by DankKing420
reply to post by usmc0311
spot on. Outsourcing bent Detroit over and unfortunately atleast around here all manufacturing is connected whether directly for cars or not. The people are some of the hardest working in the USA imho like you said we just need work to prove it
Originally posted by usmc0311
It's terrible everywhere you turn. I spend alot of time in the Ann Arbor area as I visit the VA medical center alot and my wife works at the U-M Motts Childrens Hospital and even some places there are becoming dangerous. College kids are getting robbed and beaten left and right while the city spends loads of money on a new city hall all the while making cuts in police officers and other first responders..
Originally posted by DankKing420
always good to see your posts. love when michiganders represent on ATS.
Unfortunately Detroit is a lost cause at this point.
He states that as energy becomes scarce, transportation will become difficult or impossible, causing food and other necessary commodities to become unavailable in many communities. It will be necessary for local communities to become self-sufficient for food production, but many communities will be unable to do so, particularly large cities. The result will be mass starvation, disease, and civil unrest. Kunstler suggests that governments will be incapable of managing these problems. This period of scarcity and collapse will possibly last for hundreds of years, hence the "long" emergency of the book's title.
The city itself now wants to run people out of neighborhoods and is abandoning services in some as well.