Friday, July 31, 2009

More posts about buildings and food.

So, Indianapolis is dealing with 8,000 abandoned homes. And by "abandoned", I don't mean the house around the corner that's sat vacant and for sale for a year and a half; I mean crack-house-plumbing-scavenged-boards-on-the-windows abandoned.

Now, add in the aforementioned houses that have sat vacant and unsold, and developments stalled in mid-construction (there's a particularly sad example up in Broad Ripple Village proper, right on the Monon, of a half completed condo project; one inhabited unit in the middle of a construction site) and one would seem to think that there was some kind of downturn in the economy.

Who could have predicted such a thing?

17 comments:

Cossack in a Kilt said...

Mad love for the title. Just don't, umm, stop making sense, aight?

pdb said...

On Aug 8th, I will be donating to Mr Schiff as penance for my earlier mocking of economic doomsayers.

pdb said...

*sigh*. Aug 7th. Whatever. This is why he's the economist.

og said...

you mean, besides everyone with more than three functioning brain cells?

D.W. Drang said...

So Indianapolis is turning into Detroit?

WV: himicho. Manga/Anime charector? Not unto that stuff...

Anonymous said...

"So Indianapolis is turning into Detroit?"

No, the problems arise from the taijiquan form speed of Indianapolis' racial politics which has been done since Mayor Lugar.

These homes mentioned in the article should be condemned and sold to the highest bidder. The City refuses to do anything, under Democratic or Republican administartions, as doing the necessary would draw howls of protest. Instead, magnificient old homes rot, neighborhoods decline and politicians look the other way.

They should all be horsewhipped.

Shootin' Buddy

Tam said...

"So Indianapolis is turning into Detroit?"

No, Indy's about average for cities it's size. As a matter of fact, that was a rejected chamber of commerce slogan: "Indianapolis. We're really average!"

ZerCool said...

It's fairly cheap to rent bulldozers; removing the debris is the expensive part.

Road flares are even cheaper, and a five-gallon can of K1 or road diesel will get you through two if you're careful.

WV: dipit ... dipit good ... yeah, dipit!

CandyMan said...

8000? Small potatoes. We'll tear down more than that this calendar year in Buffalo. We now have urban prairie and farms springing up inside of city limits. Early morning coyote sightings, bears being hit on the freeway, deer grazing...

Turk Turon said...

What about those phosphorous devices that GI's used to destroy Nazi artillery in WWII? Intense heat (enough to warp the tempered breach of an 88-mm gun), no direct flame, and impossible to extinguish. Neat!

Anonymous said...

You mean the thermobaric NE rounds like the Marines use from their SWAMs (bazookas)?

I don't think we can get the permits for that kind of urban renewal. The Board of Zoning Appeals may have questions and possibly concerns.

Shootin' Buddy

Anonymous said...

SMAW. It's like I'm dyslexic (but just checking voice mail).

Shootin' Buddy

Themadlemming said...

@ Shootin' Buddy
I think he's talking about thermite charges/ grenades. I'm not sure if the SMAW uses thermite or something else.

Tam said...

"The Board of Zoning Appeals may have questions and possibly concerns."

Pffft! They aren't the boss of me!

It's all fun and games 'til the STAW team shows up. ;) :D

Anonymous said...

"I think he's talking about thermite charges/ grenades. I'm not sure if the SMAW uses thermite or something else."

When dinosaurs roamed the earth, I saw just HEAT and Dart rounds. The Marines have that new novel explosive stuff (thermobaric) that wipes out entire buildings/mud hut complexes in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Thermite grenades would just start a fire. Heck, a can of gasoline is much cheaper. High explosives put the fun in Urban Renewal.

"It's all fun and games 'til the STAW team shows up. ;) :D"

IMPD STAW is never impressed.

Shootin' Buddy

Ken said...

Just spitballin' here...what if municipalities permitted the salvage claims for abandoned properties? Discuss.

Anonymous said...

But-but-but, the recession is over. The APobumbles mouthpiece just said so.

Story was immediately picked up by all major print and broadcast media.