Hard times, delivered.

Hey, look everybody! It’s the Wayne County tax foreclosure list, in my Sunday paper!

foreclosure list

I wonder how many pages sections it will be?

eight sections

Wow, that’s a lot of foreclosures:

120 pages

Hope you’re not on the list.

Posted at 8:18 am in Current events |
 

7 responses to “Hard times, delivered.”

  1. ashley said on November 18, 2007 at 9:42 am

    “paid advertising supplement”? How much do you think that this multi-section nightmare cost?

    Hmmm…you think I should invest in Detroit real estate? Try to begin teh gentrification process block by block? Or should I create a “New Jack City” type compound?

  2. Beryl Ament said on November 18, 2007 at 10:49 am

    I was amazed at this too. Is it a legal requirement to post foreclosure notices, voyeurism or sticking it in Jennifer Granholm’s face? Whatever the purpose, I was greatly saddened.

  3. Jeff said on November 18, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    One of the mainstays of smaller newspaper balance sheets is the “legal notices” agate-type stuff, along with “public notice” adverts and inserts for various things, up to and including a list of all county expenditures (such as “Mileage, workshop, $8.42, Gill, Jeff” et cetera).

    From the notice board with broadsheets and public bills tacked up, next to the ducking pond and stock, to the “legal requirement” columns in the newspaper, of such meaningless gestures rooted in a forgotten past is democracy made.

    Meanwhile, just try to take all of that official ink and collate it enough to figure out how much county commissioners and various judges actually make. Just try, and pleasant dreams.

  4. brian stouder said on November 19, 2007 at 9:22 am

    Well, this article certainly won’t please the Detroit Chamber of Commerce

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21870766/

    The headline alone is like an attack ad –

    Detroit named nation’s most dangerous city

    The report was generated by a private group called “CQ Press, a unit of Congressional Quarterly Inc.”

    There is a lot wrong with this stupid story – not least that the authors use “proprietary” methodology with FBI crime statistics (so their conclusions cannot be tested by others).

    But aside from that, what struck me as the most interesting sentence in the story was this one, right at the end

    “The study excluded Chicago, Minneapolis, and other Illinois and Minnesota cities because of incomplete data.”

    So if I was the governor of Michigan or the mayor of Detroit, I’d look to see what Illinois did that left their stats “incomplete” – and then DO THAT!!!

  5. alex said on November 19, 2007 at 9:36 am

    They’re still building like there’s no tomorrow, at least in my neck of the woods, and the foreclosure rate in this area is one of the highest in the nation. What the hell’s up with that?

  6. brian stouder said on November 19, 2007 at 9:58 am

    What the hell’s up with that?

    Empty strip malls abound in the Aboite area – and I don’t get it, either.

    But it was very heartening to see that a new retail developement is going to replace the car lot at Taylor and Broadway (ie – downtown), and that an existing abandoned shopping center at Hessen Cassel and Paulding (where I used to work, ages ago, in southeast Fort Wayne, which is to say – the ‘hood) is being totally refurbished and re-developed.

    Brown fields are where it’s at, baby!

  7. Bruce Fields said on November 19, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    “There is a lot wrong with this stupid story – not least that the authors use “proprietary” methodology with FBI crime statistics (so their conclusions cannot be tested by others).”

    I have a highly advanced top-secret argument that proves you’re a sucker.

    Pay me $1500 and I’ll show it to you!