Thursday, February 17, 2011

Detroit Will PAY You To Take One Of These 100 Abandoned Homes

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is trying to save his city by offering lucrative incentives back into abandoned neighborhoods.

One program offers $150,000 in housing renovation money and requiring only $1,000 down to police officers who are willing to relocate to the city. Another offers college graduates $2,500 to rent and $20,000 forgivable loan to buy properties.
Potential home buyers can choose from plenty of cheap or free homes, especially in the blighted neighborhoods of Woodward Ave. and Brush Park.

If I was say, 30 years younger and I hadn't made some of the choices I have made with my life at this point in time, I could find the prospect of the Brave New Urban and cultural landscape of Detroit very alluring.  I actually lived in the Woodward Ave. and Brush Park area for a few years in a decaying, but still luxurious house. The architecture is as unique and historically important as any cities  late 19th and early 20th century urban design. Check out this article and the gallery of pictures! Some are fairly harrowing, but many are the stuff of fantasies.


Laci the Chinese Crested said...

If I were anywhere near Detroit, I would take him up on the offer.

I remember that Detroit had some very lovely mansions downtown near the art museum. On the other hand, it's been 30 years since I was in downtown Detroit, which means I may be mistaken. Still, it's sad to see Detroit become a ghost town.

Although, I did see an ad for the Chrysler 200 which made Detroit look as it did back in the 60s.

It may just be advertising puff.

microdot said...

Laci, it has been only a matter of months since I was in this part of Detroit and I can guarantee you that many of the mansions on many blocks are are very intact.
The mansion I lived in was on Virginia Park off of Woodward. It is still standing.
I have recently been in touch with a few people from the neighborhood I grew up in, which was Brightmoor/Redford....It's in very nice shape. I got a picture of my old house with piles of snow, of course, but everything is well tended except they cut down the huge fir tree, which was taller than the house when i left it in 1967......
I find Detroit the perfect example of what I would term, the urban frontier....
Hey, do you remember the huge neon Vernor's Ginger Ale Dwarf on Woodward?