I have made a few trips to Detroit recently and took some photos while driving around and exploring some abandoned buildings.
Last evening, 5 protesters were detained when they blocked I-75 near Mack Ave in protest of the grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson. At one time, there were about 100 people in the freeway during rush hour. Detroit police responded by moving protesters out of the freeway and restoring the flow of traffic. Numerous other protests erputed throughout the city, at locations including Greektown, Campus Martius, I-94 and Gratiot and others.
Protests such as these have been popping up all over he country since Monday night, following the lead of the protests in Ferguson, MO.
This east side house in Detroit is definitely for sale. But after months and months on the market and a few price drops, the homeowner isn’t after your money.
“It’s a real listing,” said realtor Larry Else. “My client is overseas and he told me he would be willing to trade the properly for an iPhone 6.
“It sounds to me like he wants the (iPhone 6+) version, but I think he’s willing to negotiate.”
The seller will even swap the house for a 32-gigabyte iPad.
The three-bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom brick colonial is on Britain and Lainge and is a fixer-upper.
But it has it’s “gems” as Zillow.com mentions, including a finished basement.
There is also a plush garden, and city views from the upper deck where a chair sits outside.
The bungalow was listed for $5,000 then dropped to $3,000, or the latest and greatest in Apple technology.
“It needs to be torn down,” said Ameir Walker.
Not everyone feels that way.
“I work on houses, so I would love to have it for that,” said Jamal Kemp. “It doesn’t take a lot of money to fix these houses back up. I would (be willing to buy it).”
There is one tiny little catch, the buyer will have to pay the back taxes $6,000 and counting, but like most things in life, that too is negotiable.
Is there anyway someone with the new iPhone can sweeten the deal, like you pay some of the back taxes and they throw in some headphones maybe a screen protector?
“We’d be willing to do a deal,” Else said. “They would be able to get it on quick claim but eventually they would have to play the back taxes. He might be willing to take anything maybe an Android, I don’t know, maybe an Android?”
This deal won’t last forever – the realtor says this house will stay on the market until Wayne County forecloses on the property which could happen in the next year.
To contact realtor Larry Else, email Larry@realityflo.com or call at (586) 453-7078.
I recently read an article on the most segregated cities in the United States, and guess what? Detroit was number one. Not too surprising. If you’ve ever driven across 8 Mile you’d know. Or, cross Alter or Mack road from Grosse Pointe into Detroit. There are several youtube videos that show the stark contrast of the Detroit/Grosse Point Border… multi-million dollar mansions on one side, crack houses on the other. Search wiki for “Alter Rd”… they refer to it as somewhat of a “Berlin Wall” separating communities. The point is, when you cross into Detroit, you know it. Segregation apparently has not changed much in the last several decades according to reports from the 2010 US Census.
The map measured segregation in major cities with a dissimilarity index, which identifies the percentage of one group that would have to move to a different neighborhood to eliminate segregation. A score above 60 on the dissimilarity index is considered extreme.
The 21 most segregated cities in the US are as follows:
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Here’s a picture of Detroit’s segregation map. I drew a general outline around the border of Detroit so the map makes more sense to you out-of-towners.
And here’s another map taken from google maps showing the actual borders of Detroit.
You can read the complete Census report on segregation here: http://www.s4.brown.edu/us2010/Data/Report/report2.pdf
I found it kind of funny that in the report, they actually referred to cities in the Northeast and Midwest as the “Ghetto Belt” because of their unusually high black-white segregation numbers. So there’s a new term for ya… now you can say you live in the Ghetto Belt!