Off to view some open houses on Rogue’s Hill

Screen Shot 2014-01-28 at 10.52.52 AMIn the meantime, entertain yourself with this video by Business Insider’s William Wei on $1 homes in Detroit.

Shades of Atlas Shrugged and the Twentieth Century Motor Company.

A few houses still stood within the skeleton of what had once been an industrial town. Everything that could move, had moved away; but some human beings had remained. The empty structures were vertical rubble; they had been eaten, not by time, but by men . . . The inhabited houses were scattered at random among the ruins; the smoke of their chimneys was the only movement visible in town . . . Beyond the town, on a distant hill, stood the factory of the Twentieth Century Motor Company. Its walls, roof lines and smokestacks looked trim, impregnable like a fortress. It would have seemed intact but for a silver water tank: the water tank was tipped sidewise.


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6 responses to “Off to view some open houses on Rogue’s Hill

  1. Anonymous

    i happen to help manage a portfolio of mortgages. we have a lot of homes in detroit metro. it costs more to service them than they’re worth. i’m talking about them being worth less than zero, and it costs us, say, $10/month to theoretically handle the payments. since the payments aren’t (and haven’t) been coming in, you can guess the rest of this adventure.

  2. Loved the nytimes article about you and rogues hill road.

  3. Cos Cobber

    All cities have a purpose and sometimes, as history has taught us, when that purpose and/or ability to serve a purpose ends then so does the city in a slow unwinding.