Post Number: 1035
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 6:37 am: || |
City-owned slum awaits wreckers
Some residents welcome plans to rebuild Jeffries project
January 12, 2007
BY MARISOL BELLO and SUZETTE HACKNEY
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs .dll/article?AID=/20070112/NEW S01/701120371
Post Number: 1245
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 9:52 am: || |
If the projects are dirty, why doesn't the government employ a janitorial crew?
Post Number: 137
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 9:56 am: || |
Excellent. It's about time. Knock all that crap down.
Post Number: 2320
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 10:50 am: || |
Yeah I don't see how knocking them down will change a thing.
Maybe HUD doesn't like highrises anymore?
Post Number: 216
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 11:05 am: || |
I forgot how close the Douglass projects are to all that Brush park development. It is good to fix in low income with other projects/neighborhoods, but not in the old high-rise fashion. Convert Douglass into $300,000 condos? Would be a nice view, but take a lot of work...
Post Number: 1247
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 12:00 pm: || |
HUD doesnt like high rises anymore. They realized how they concentrate poverty and crime.
Post Number: 665
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 12:38 pm: || |
The Jeffries Homes now slated for demolition received a multi-million dollar renovation about a decade ago. Visit the place today and it is impossible to tell. Let's hope everybody, from HUD, to the Detroit Housing Commission, to the future residents do a better job of caring for the new homes so that the benefit of the tax money to be spent will not vanish again after only 10 years.
Post Number: 2053
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 12:42 pm: || |
Still remember when the Detroit housing commission building on Jefferson had a huge banner around it saying:
"Congratulation! The Detroit Housing Commission is no longer a troubled Housing Commission"
Or something like that. Aim high city government, aim high!
Post Number: 93
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 12:57 pm: || |
So why aren't the people that wanted to make condos out of the cement silos preaching for these things to be saved?
Post Number: 1039
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 1:01 pm: || |
Where are these? I thought they made Woodbridge senior estates out of them
Post Number: 2055
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 1:07 pm: || |
The other side of the lodge.
Post Number: 2923
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 1:09 pm: || |
I think that the article refers to the "lowrises" that are south of ML King.
Some of the highrises were demoed six or seven years ago.. Those suckers were extremely well built. I remember visiting a friend nearby during the demo and you could feel the ground vibrating as they pounded tons of poured concrete into rubble. Perhaps they would have made nice lofts, but selling condos in midcentury functionalist buildings that were part of what is considered a huge failure would have been a hard sell, I think...
Post Number: 1040
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 1:25 pm: || |
is this the townhouse-ish development that goes between MLK and Temple?
Post Number: 812
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 1:58 pm: || |
umm arent they the ones near 75 and 375 intersection near brewster rec center
Post Number: 516
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 2:09 pm: || |
Don't you guys read the articles? It's there, in print, plain as day. Is this what they mean when they say that Detroit is 50% illiterate?
• Jeffries East. 252 row house units will be demolished and replaced by 188 low-income units. The new complex will mirror the Woodbridge Estates under construction across the Lodge Freeway. Construction is expected to begin by summer.
• Douglass Homes. 661 units, including towers and row houses, are considered obsolete because of outdated electrical and heating systems that are too costly to repair. HUD has been studying options and is expected to decide what to do in the next three to six months, officials said.
"Douglass Homes, with its bird's-eye view of Ford Field and Comerica Park just off the Chrysler Freeway..."
Post Number: 5405
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 4:13 pm: || |
Slum clearance the gentrification for the doomed to failure Jeffries Housing Project is on the way. Megacondos for the lucky low-income Detroit families would a inner city masterpiece. Danny, The Ghettoman and his Street Prophets are feeling really sorry for the po'folks. This city changing and mostly Black residents who lived there MUST go along with the change.
Post Number: 192
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 4:39 pm: || |
1953, I'll agree that HUD hates the high rises, but look at how crappy they look after their done.
Post Number: 150
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 4:44 pm: || |
The revamped senior citizen ones in the Woodbridge area look much improved, especially with the added tops. Its too bad the area has to lose the high-rise density, but I suppose it is just too costly to fix these dirty, dangerous, buildings.
Post Number: 163
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 6:36 pm: || |
tear that schitt down! and tiger stadium while your at it
Post Number: 4755
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 8:22 pm: || |
Slums with central heating. Tear that mid-century modernist schitt down.
jjaba on the Westside, former Public Housing Commissioner.
Post Number: 5033
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 10:00 pm: || |
Man, read some of the comments left on the Freep's messageboard. I don't know why I haven't got over it, but I want to strangle almost all of the posters that feel the need and safety of internet anonymity, to post the down-right racists and xenophobic comments they get away with posting. I can't imagine what many from out of state think when they read the internet comments left on these articles. They should do away with them altogether, for the simple fact that people can't seem to bring a maturing level above grade school to reading the paper.
Post Number: 2002
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 10:14 pm: || |
It amazes me how people of public housing complain about the terrible conditions, yet they want to move back into the new units in the same depressed area.
If they were so poorly managed before, then why would anyone want to move back into the same situation, just with cleaner digs? Eventually, these new units will fall in disarray if run by the same management.
Also, if the same kind of people currently living in the projects are going to be living in the new projects, then aren't the problems with violence and drugs still going to be there, just with cleaner digs?
(Message edited by royce on January 12, 2007)
Post Number: 1351
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 10:21 pm: || |
If they're as bad as you say, I think I'd rather not!
read some of the comments left on the Freep's messageboard
Post Number: 475
|Posted on Friday, January 12, 2007 - 11:59 pm: || |
Anyone ever see the movie Candyman?
In the movie the main character lives in a "reclaimed" housing project that has been turned into high end condos. Candyman, Candyman, Candyman.....AHAHHH!
The Freeps comments have always been slightly above MAD Magazine standards. I think either the reader base is made up of country bumpkins or the only ones who feel the need to post comments on their site are high-school drop outs. If I didn't feel the need to stay informed about what the hell is happening in this city of ours I would never leave better or best
Post Number: 113
|Posted on Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 4:08 am: || |
Did anyone ever see the Taylor Homes in Chicago before they were demolished? Nearly 30,000 residents all in identical high-rises beside the Dirty Dan Ryan on the southside...the towers seemed to go on endlessly.
Post Number: 830
|Posted on Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 2:23 pm: || |
Yes, I remember the Robert Taylor Homes. They were easily visible from the Amtrak trains. From the train I also saw them demolished, one at a time. Wikipedia states it was once the largest housing project in the world: "It was composed of 28 high-rise buildings of 16 stories, mostly arranged in U-shaped clusters of three, stretching for two miles."
Post Number: 2004
|Posted on Saturday, January 13, 2007 - 5:28 pm: || |
The one thing the Brush Park area will need is a nice park/playfield. There is a recreation center that is very popular in the area. Maybe the city can tear down the projects, but save the rec center and build a park/playfield around it to replace the old buildings.