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Old Jun 12, 2009, 10:45 PM
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US cities may have to be bulldozed in order to survive

The government looking at expanding a pioneering scheme in Flint, one of the poorest US cities, which involves razing entire districts and returning the land to nature.

Local politicians believe the city must contract by as much as 40 per cent, concentrating the dwindling population and local services into a more viable area.

The radical experiment is the brainchild of Dan Kildee, treasurer of Genesee County, which includes Flint.

Having outlined his strategy to Barack Obama during the election campaign, Mr Kildee has now been approached by the US government and a group of charities who want him to apply what he has learnt to the rest of the country.

Mr Kildee said he will concentrate on 50 cities, identified in a recent study by the Brookings Institution, an influential Washington think-tank, as potentially needing to shrink substantially to cope with their declining fortunes.

Most are former industrial cities in the "rust belt" of America's Mid-West and North East. They include Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Memphis.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/f...o-survive.html




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Old Jun 13, 2009, 01:20 AM
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The local NPR station did a show on this. The show is really quite good.

http://www.kcrw.com/news/programs/tp...i_shrunk_the_c

I happened to listen to most of it while driving in traffic. I missed the first part of the show with some guy from the Cato institute. (some loss ) Planning for downsized cities makes sense to me. Sort of the opposite of growth.

Also Mr. Kildee is doing more than just bulldozing empty houses. He's also renovating the downtown area (like converting a hotel abandoned for 30 some years into usable space).
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Old Jun 13, 2009, 02:15 AM
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why destroy them... seems like soon enough we will open the floodgates and all the people from south of the border could use some free houses... why destroy them? give them to all the coolaid drinkers that think BO will buy their house for them!
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Old Jun 13, 2009, 03:18 AM
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Urban Renewal................

It's been happening since....................well since there was an "Urban"


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Old Jun 13, 2009, 03:40 AM
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If there's too much there for the locals to take care of... make the most of it, downsize, and in the end the quality of the town will likely be improved. Hey, if they turn that unused land into an awfully nice park (or model airplane oasis), it might help what businesses have a chance of staying there.
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Old Jun 13, 2009, 09:30 AM
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I'll donate to the bulldoze San Fransisco fund
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Old Jun 13, 2009, 10:01 AM
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Another way for the Feds to spend money they don't have. It's a local problem - the locals should pay for it. I suggest some house burning parties.
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Old Jun 13, 2009, 07:09 PM
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I'll donate to the bulldoze San Fransisco fund

They are doing fine there.


Just try to buy a house or condo there.....check out some prices there


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Old Jun 13, 2009, 08:04 PM
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I'll donate to the bulldoze San Fransisco fund
And why would you want to do that? Have you ever been there.



Oh wait...it's because it's supposedly the epicenter of the queer / liberal nexus.


It's an old joke thats gotten stale. SF is a great town.
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Old Jun 13, 2009, 08:52 PM
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I'll donate to the bulldoze San Fransisco fund

Do that and you'll have Karl Malden and Michael Douglas looking for ya....not to mention Bullitt.
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Old Jun 13, 2009, 10:13 PM
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Do that and you'll have Karl Malden and Michael Douglas looking for ya....not to mention Bullitt.
AND Michael Savage! He had his radio show grow while he lived there. But he still hates San Francisco as every stereotype pushing redneck would regarding that area being all about the gays...
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Old Jun 14, 2009, 01:48 AM
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Heck, there's a few states that I'd like to see Bulldozed. Maybe we could send the people to mexico. (payback)
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Old Jun 14, 2009, 12:34 PM
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razing entire districts and returning the land to nature
Somewhat like Life After People, but with people . . the concept has merit!
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Old Jun 14, 2009, 12:46 PM
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And why would you want to do that? Have you ever been there.



Oh wait...it's because it's supposedly the epicenter of the queer / liberal nexus.


It's an old joke thats gotten stale. SF is a great town.
One persons hell is another persons heaven I guess. What did Obi-Wan Kenobi call that town where they met Han Solo??
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Old Jun 14, 2009, 04:19 PM
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I guess you could make a start with Detroit and Hoboken and take it from there :-)
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