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3-30-2010 Update

I just wanted to give you guys an update on the next Detroit Ghetto video. The truth is, I haven’t even transferred the video from my camcorder to my computer yet. The last few months have been a blur with the death of my mother and now a cross-country move is fast approaching. I am in the process of selling my house in Florida and will be moving back to the Detroit area in mid April of this year. Hopefully this move will be as temporary as possible, I don’t want to have to be up there any longer than I have to. I love the Michigan summers but the rest of the year I personally find very dismal and depressing… cold weather and gray skies for 8 months out of the year just doesn’t do it for me.

This video will get done eventually, it just hasn’t been a priority for me lately.

I will leave you with this though:

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That’s right… Obama Gas”. I took these pictures while filming part 4 this past December. Only in Detroit!

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Man Found Frozen In Ice At Bottom Of Elevator Shaft

 

In January 2009, a man in his mid 50s named Johnnie Redding was found frozen in several feet of ice at the bottom of an elevator shaft in the Detroit Public School Warehouse (also known as the Roosevelt Warehouse). This is the building next to Michigan Central Train Depot. The River Rouge resident was discovered by some kids playing hockey on the floor in the basement which had flooded and frozen over. The police thought it was a hoax and never responded to the first call.

Apparently, the body had been just sitting in the bottom of the shaft for weeks. None of the numerous homeless people living inside the warehouse bothered to call the police. Even after the authorities were notified(multiple times), it was several days before anyone came out. It took a jackhammer to remove the body, who was later identified by his wallet.

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Officials say that Johnnie killed himself. His autopsy revealed no broken bones, no wounds and no water in his lungs, which means he did not fall into the flooded shaft and drown. Most likely, Johnnie was smoking cocaine with somebody and died, coroners suspect. Johnnie’s party pal may have panicked and tossed his body down the water-filled shaft.

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Detroit: A Dying City

This was aired on CBC March 30th, 2009. It shows how bad things are in the city of Detroit right now. Thanks to cherifa123 for sending me the link to the video on google video, which I was then able to download and upload on Youtube.

These are the main points that I retained from watching this video:

-A man who hunts raccoons and sells the meat to make a living.
-120 square kilometers of the city are vacant, an area larger than than city of Vancouver.
-22% unemployment(which is now actually around 29%).
-Homes selling for $1.
-Median home price is $6000 and falling.
-Wild animals are moving back into the city… pheasants, coyotes, even beavers.

In another video that can be seen on CBC’s website, they state that 40% of the downtown area is vacant. This is exactly why I say that most of Detroit is ghetto, numbers don’t lie.

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