I think the stats being looked at here are selective or just very poorly showing how BAD the situation is in Detroit itself. If there is a worse city
in the county, I'd like to know where...and I mean a major Metropolitan City. I did find some stats out of curiosity to see how bad it had gotten...
Ugh... I feel for Detroit. I really do. This can't be shrugged off or called acceptable by any stretch of the imagination as far as I'm concerned. A
Major metro area has utterly failed and I want to hear a candidate talk about it. How to fix a broken city?
First, it doesn't surprise me the crime rate has dropped. Just shy of a quarter million people have fled the city between 2000 and 2010 and it makes
a full 25% of Detroit's population. Detroit's own area Chamber of Commerce has those figures.
Detroit Area Population figures 1990-2000-2010
That isn't what left me feeling the worst though. Not by a long shot. I recall years ago that a house could be had in Detroit for $10,000, things
were so bad. Not a lot of them, years ago...but some that weren't dumps to begin with.
Detroit Area Real Estate
I'm not going to single out properties... it feels cruel to almost make fun of it, it's so tragic. The general figures for number of houses within
price ranges are..
1,539 Properties under $20,000. Of those, 15 are Commercial and 927 are single family homes.
6,522 Properties under $50,000. Of those, 80 are Commercial and 5,540 are single family homes.
*There are other categories for the people wondering about the balance. Things like empty lots. The site has the searches on those.
One of those commercial properties around $50k was over 6,300sq feet in what looked like good condition to me. Anywhere BUT THERE..or areas near
equally depressed, it wouldn't be remotely close to that price. Many businesses under 50k have photos showing current business in there. Store fronts
and such....Total price to own it is under $50k. It's amazing. A majority under about $80,000 were foreclosures but plenty well above that were as
well. From slums selling for $500 (no kidding..they're there too) to the luxury high rises I recognize..foreclosed all over.
I'm voting for the cops on this one and saying they're in a bad bad place and need just a bit more support than most, IMO. There are still decent
people in that city that need their services.