Where did American prosperity go? Not Lansing:
Soon, city and county officials will decide whether the parcel will be rehabilitated into a more appealing structure or taken down with approximately 225 others through a $23 million federal program aimed at putting a chokehold on blight threatening foreclosed properties.
To remove unsightly homes from Lansing's struggling neighborhoods, demolitions started late last fall and will continue through the start of 2013. Twenty houses already have come down.
And Flint, as you can imagine, is in even worse shape. But it's not all bad:
"The $25 million [to bulldoze sections of Flint] doesn’t solve all our problems, but it’s a good start," city Administrator Gregory Eason said. "This could be a very exciting future."
Mr. Eason is excited to destroy Flint. But if the alternative is to keep it standing, I think we can understand.
Dan Kildee, who developed a plan to level large portions of Flint, gained the attention and approval of the Obama administration. What is good for Flint is good for America, apparently, since Obama is taking the figurative bulldozer to our economy.
Detroit plans to destroy 500 homes. Over 100 schools are no longer used. Office buildings like the Lafayette building are torn down while plans for new buildings, like Quicken's headquarters, are halted.
The Feds (i.e. taxpayers from other states) are giving hundreds of millions of dollars to Michigan to tear our cities down. We can't even destroy our own buildings here, things are so bad.
This seemed unimaginable only a few years ago. In the United States, once, very recently, the most powerful country in the world, our cities crumble, and politicians proclaim we need to do with less. Where has the shining city upon the hill gone?