Out of 42 properties, 21 have been foreclosed, unsold at auction, and are now wards of the City of Detroit. Crazy.
And, oh, what happened to the tree?
There is so much happening in the background of a street in total collapse like this one is:
- $48,000 owed in delinquent property taxes across 9 properties worth an average of $15,000 a piece.
- In March, a firefighter fell through the floor of the house to the right of the burnt yellow structure in the above images. That led to a story about whether or not the city was paying medical bills for injured emergency workers (They were, though there was a pause when the city filed for bankruptcy)
- Demolitions, of which there have been about half a dozen, have not stemmed the tide of arson and exit.
- And fires — Detroit’s averaging about 15 arsons per day the last few years. This block has seen a few of them.
All on one street. The house covered in graffiti actually sold in the 2011 foreclosure auction for $500.
The person, or company, that bought the house — who went by the username “d3lliot” — bought 211 properties in the 2011 foreclosure auction for a TOTAL of $125,000.
This is the whole ballgame for Detroit. It’s bad policies that are destroying the city. Mundane things like real property taxation, assessment, and foreclosure protocols.
The one house with “Help Me Detroit” across the roof could be a community art house? It’s covered in paint in the 2011 image. Hard to tell, but in the Motor City Mapping photo, it looks like it has a tax foreclosure notice taped to the inner door.
It was purchased in the 2012 tax foreclosure auction for $500 by someone with the username “sandra420”.
On this block, 31 properties owe a combined $135,000 property taxes. About $4,300 per house. Does not bode well.
17 of the 18 properties on this block are subject to foreclosure, or have already been foreclosed.
This is from a fantastic Detroit News article this morning on the toll of arson on a Detroit block.
Since 2000, the city has averaged an extraordinary 4,000 - 5,000 fires per year — the majority presumed to be intentional.
Over July 4th weekend alone this summer, there were 100+ fires in Detroit.Article here: http://www.detroitnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014307160032