Squatters

Detroit Neighborhood Recruits Some Squatters

Wanted: urban homesteaders capable of keeping an abandoned property in shape. Must be willing to defy the law.

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Joel Kurth writes in The Detroit News:

A photo from another Northwest Brightmoor Renaissance project
Northwest Brightmoor Renaissance

In a remote pocket of northwest Detroit along the Rouge River, neighbors are so desperate to stop a cycle of abandonment and blight they're recruiting a squatter to occupy a home whose longtime owners left last weekend.

That's because neighbors fear the onetime farmhouse on Puritan and Hazelton will be stripped and torched if it remains empty for long. Eight nearby houses burned in the past two years. A few blocks away, there are more weedy lots than homes.

"We want squatters. There's so much abandonment here, we need them to turn the neighborhood around," said Jennifer Mergos, 33, co-founder of the Northwest Brightmoor Renaissance neighborhood group…."If I didn't have three small children, I'd squat in there in a heartbeat with a dog, a gun and some wasp spray."

Kurth notes that in Michigan, squatting is "punishable by up to two years in prison for repeat offenders." Under the circumstances, you might expect the city to look the other way, and perhaps it will. But the authorities' priorities can skewed sometimes: The police are evidently unable to stop the arsons, but they were quick to crack down when some homeowners in the neighborhood started raising goats. (According to Kurth, the household was planning to start a kibbutz.)

In any event, the community group appears to have found the squatters it was seeking—its Facebook page reports that the "farmhouse is now occupied by some great neighbors." Apparently, Detroit is a place where squatters aren't hard to locate. Here's Kurth again:

[W]hile there are no statistics on squatting, city data indicate at least 5,500 publicly owned, abandoned buildings are likely occupied.

Squatting is the next step in a do-it-yourself culture that's taken root by necessity in Detroit, said neighborhood leader Riet Schumack.

Brightmoor neighbors already mow lawns and board vacant homes, she said. Technically, that's trespassing and illegal, Schumack added….

The issue is percolating as Wayne County is conducting its annual auction of tax-foreclosed homes this month and October. About 8,000 of the 25,000 Detroit properties for sale are occupied, which means occupants could become squatters in homes they used to own.

"Detroit could be the largest phenomenon of squatting in recent history in America," said Bernadette Atuahene, a law professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

She spent the summer interviewing 40 squatters in Detroit and said she has "no trouble finding them."

Bonus links: Northwest Brightmoor Renaissance's website is here. Reason TV covers some ideologically driven Detroit squatters here. Hernando de Soto argues that squatters built America here.

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  1. It’s kind of awesomely mind-blowing that a major (well, once-major) American city is in this particular state. And that the ever-less-important shitheels in the city government and police forces just keep doing the same fucking thing even as Rome burns. Gotta get their authoritah on, no matter what, right?

    1. Detroit used to be the single most productive industrial node on the entire planet.

      And now vast swathes are a rotting craphole.

      What happened? Its a big mystery.

      1. I am assured that the Koch brothers took over and turned it into a mad max wasteland.

        1. As socialists countries only fail because of sabotage by capitalist nations, the problems of Democratic strongholds are due to Republican influences everywhere else.

          Also, racist white people moving out of (or in to) inner city neighborhoods.

          1. The ebb and flow of white people can be easily seen in the gentrification/ghettoization cycle.

          2. moving out of (or in to)

            as a moving charge generates a magnetic field….

      2. Sometimes cities just die or shrink as industries change and move. But I’m thinking that there might have been some other things at play with Detroit.

        1. Well, yeah, because the automotive industry is still pretty big in America, just not in Detroit.

          1. No it’s still big in the Detroit area.
            I just can’t think why that city hit the skids so hard?
            Bad luck I guess.

            1. Yup, bad luck it is!

              Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded ? here and there, now and then ? are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

              This is known as “bad luck.”
              -Robert Heinlein

              1. Michael Moore can FIX our bad luck!!! More pensions for all of our “Government Almighty” Servants, all around! Cheers!

      3. What happened? Its a big mystery.

        GREEDY CORPORASSUNZZS AND REAGAN!!!

        //Michael Moore

      4. What happened? Surely, you jest.

        1. Yes. He is jesting. Aka being facetious.

      5. I’m perfectly comfortable in accepting what happened was left-wingers and parasites got a hold of the city and ran it to the ground.

    2. It’s in a state of awesome!! Did you not read the part about the kibbutz full of goats?

      1. A major American city is going to ruin and returning to nature before our very eyes. Likely not the last, either.

        1. Kibbutzim full of goats are not naturally occurring.

          1. No, but the fucking trees and vegetation that are overrunning the buildings are. Jesus, you really are the Worst.

          2. Sez who?

            /Israeli Kibbutznik

          3. If we’re set on having goats, we must ALSO have goat-fuckers. Natural balance of predator and prey, you know…

            Invite in the Islamofascist squatters NOW!!!

      2. How is Detroit not the new Mecca for hipsters?

        1. Nasty weather. Too dangerous.

        2. According to Tony Bourdain, it is.

          1. Enthusiastic hipsters versus that bureaucracy.

    3. Are city regulators still filling that daily business-shut-down quota?

  2. Anarchy in action, bitchez.

    1. And the parasite class wants nothing more than to stop it. It prioritizes that over anything else. Telling, isn’t it?

      1. Better to rule a well-regulated pile of rubble than live peacefully in a prosperous free-for-all.

        1. Have you ever read Milton, Hugh?

          1. You mean the part where everyone in heaven is perfectly content even if they live on a lower sphere because their wills are aligned with God’s plan for them?

            1. You have a tendency to express ideas in military terms, Hugh.

              1. It has been said that commenting is only warfare concealed. Many prefer it more honest.

            2. Servant of God, well done, well hast thou fought
              The better fight, who single hast maintaind
              Against revolted multitudes the Cause
              Of Truth, in word mightier then they in Armes;
              And for the testimonie of Truth hast born
              Universal reproach, far worse to beare
              Then violence: for this was all thy care
              To stand approv’d in sight of God, though Worlds
              Judg’d thee perverse: the easier conquest now
              Remains thee, aided by this host of friends,
              Back on thy foes more glorious to return
              Then scornd thou didst depart, and to subdue
              By force, who reason for thir Law refuse,
              Right reason for thir Law, and for thir King
              Messiah, who by right of merit Reigns.
              Go Michael of Celestial Armies Prince,
              And thou in Military prowess next
              Gabriel, lead forth to Battel these my Sons
              Invincible, lead forth my armed Saints
              By Thousands and by Millions rang’d for fight;
              Equal in number to that Godless crew
              Rebellious, them with Fire and hostile Arms
              Fearless assault, and to the brow of Heav’n
              Pursuing drive them out from God and bliss,
              Into thir place of punishment, the Gulf
              Of Tartarus, which ready opens wide
              His fiery Chaos to receave thir fall.

            3. God’s plan is a hell of a drug.

            4. “You mean the part where everyone in heaven is perfectly content even if they live on a lower sphere because their wills are aligned with God’s plan for them?”

              Oh my Government Almighty, Hugh, you have just flushed out the religious fanatic in me…

              But honestly, I have often thought, I strongly aspire to be the lowest toilet-bowl cleaner in Heaven; given the choice, it is a DAMNED spot better that the highest-ranked arch-demons in Hell!

              And the libertarian in me must add, Government Almighty being equal to force and violence, and the threat thereof, it is not that strongly divorced from Satan, it is surely not strongly aligned with the Will of a Loving God…

  3. This is how brilliance medicates hovels.

      1. Medicates, dear. Sick shacks left to ruin are medicated through the fixative nature of homesteaders.

          1. Well it is Detroit.

  4. Seems interesting, but is Detroit still in Detroit? Because that is a deal breaker.

    1. “…Detroit’s realestate to be parceled out and sold for export to more livable communities….”

  5. I’d squat in there in a heartbeat with a dog, a gun and some wasp spray

    Libertarian fantasy or Aliens in real life. Can’t decide. Sounds scary.

    1. You want the “fast kill, low irritant” kind. It’s in the blue can.

    2. We’re on an express elevator to hell; going down!

    3. If you shoot someone in a house you don’t own, can you claim self defense? I vote yes but I don’t know the law.

      1. If you’ve established domicle by renting for certain. Probably similarly if you were squatting openly and publicly.

        1. Yeah. It’s not so much ownership as it is a legal right to be there.

          1. Yeah. It’s not so much ownership as it is a legal right to be there.

            But does a squatter have the legal right to be there?

            1. Via the common law concept of adverse possession.

              Yes, another lawyer here.

                  1. You’re welcome.

              1. Establishing adverse possession in Michigan…

                To establish adverse possession, the person claiming it (e.g., the person opposing the real property action by the existing owner, by asserting the limitations-period defense) must show that his or her possession was (1) actual, (2) visible, (3) open, (4) notorious, (5) exclusive, (6) hostile, (7) under cover of a claim of right, (8) continuous, and (9) uninterrupted for the statutory period of 15 years

                Might be a while until you can use that doctrine…

  6. “‘”We want squatters. There’s so much abandonment here, we need them to turn the neighborhood around,” said Jennifer Mergos, 33.“”

    What this town needs is more freeloaders! If there aren’t people to throw bennys at, why, even the public servants might not have anything to do, and then we’d be unable to justify the taxes!? We can’t have *anarchy*

    1. Ah, the sweet absence of whip hand.

  7. I wonder how much you could legally buy these vacant lots for.

    1. I wonder how much you could legally buy these vacant lots for.

      Why buy when you can homestead them?

      I actually have no idea, but I have a feeling paying the back taxes would be part of the purchase price.

    2. FTA: Fannie Mae wanted $65K at shortsale on the farmhouse. Someone else in the neighborhood bought their house at tax auction for $2K. Looks like market clearing price is about $63K less than what the lender wants. So FNM gets nothing.

      1. I wonder what the actual tax liability on the property was before the auction. Much higher, presumably.

        1. There’s a neat website that sorta combines Detroit tax liens with Google street view pictures. Useful links within as well.

          But Reason’s asinine commenting system won’t let me link, you can get there from here if you look for “loveland”.

          http://www.goobingdetroit.com/

    3. $1.

      But you incur ridiculous tax liabilities. Nobody wants that.

      1. But giving up those never-to-be-paid taxes is unthinkable to the parasites, of course. They truly are geniuses.

        1. For the purposes of calculation pensions, I bet they’re still on the books.

    4. It says they’re public ally owned, so they aren’t really abandoned, they’re just not being used right now. The city should sell them for $1. It solves the squatter problem.

  8. One day, they’re raising cute little goats; the next thing you know, they’ve imposed a Caliphate!
    You’ve got to nip this cultural extremism in the bud.

    1. I thought they were building a calliope.

  9. +1 Fistful of Yen

  10. Ghetti horde human barnacles. Ghetti vibe improve.

  11. OT:

    Would YOU have a dead loved one’s TATTOO put in a frame? Bizarre new service offers to remove inked skin and turn it into a memento

    Save My Ink offers to cut pieces of skin from dead people and preserve them
    Charles Hamm launched service last month and has already done 21 tattoos
    He uses a chemical and enzymatic process to stop the tissue from decaying
    Says that a lot of tattoos have deep meaning and leaving them to relatives is ‘just like leaving a house or a wedding ring’

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..tives.html

        1. No, didn’t click the link–lurking away at work. Other metal fans here. Good to know. Not liking Slayer is akin to disliking Pantera.

          1. You should meet Warty. He’s got a huge Metal library and a killer sound system…in the back of his van.

          2. I love Pantera and fucking hate Slayer. Slayer always sounded like 4 guys trying to play 4 different songs at the same time. At least until the God Hates Us All album.

            1. Meh. To each his own I guess. Although, my preferences are for such bands as Meshuggah, Killwhitneydead, Black Crown Initiate, Godflesh, and Canibal Corpse.

              Warty, duly noted.

    1. Say I’m looking to make a book of names…

    2. “…a lot of tattoos have deep meaning and leaving them to relatives is ‘just like leaving a house or a wedding ring’ ”

      Uh…no, it is not.

      1. I’m often amazed by the ability of people to be disturbingly, disgustingly creepy in their nostalgia and sentimentality. Plus the narcissism of “I want to leave my shitty tattoo to my family”.

        1. “But I thought you were an idiot to get that stupid thing in the first place.”

        2. It’s hard for sentimentality to be more morbid than our very endings.

      2. “…and here we have Great-Grandma’s clit ring, lovingly presented in its original mounting, just like Great-Grandpap would have seen it…”

    3. If your loved one was named Art it’s even better.

    4. That rug (you wife) really tied the room together.

    5. Can I get my whole skin removed and stretched out in a frame when I die? I’m going to put it in my will that whoever my heirs are must display it prominently.

        1. Homer: Now, Marge, if the unthinkable should happen, you’re gonna be lonely…

          Marge: Oh, Homie, I could never remarry.

          Homer: Darn right. And to make sure, I want to be stuffed and put on the couch as a constant reminder of our marital vows.

    6. “Would YOU have a dead loved one’s TATTOO put in a frame? ”

      Only if it is mounted semi-translucent, to serve as a lampshade!

      Ceramic nude lady for base of the lamp! Or maybe a lava-lamp…

  12. Stories like this seem to indicate Rand Paul’s “Economic Freedom Zone” plan for Detroit would actually work extremely well since what these neighborhoods need are a serious infusion of capital, something no sensible investor would risk given Detroit’s horrific government policies.

    1. Kind outlaws and tough pioneers foraging homesteads on the rugged plains of an I-75 ruins.

      1. Come my tan-faced children,
        Follow well in order, get your weapons ready,
        Have you your pistols? have you your sharp-edged axes?
        Pioneers! O pioneers!

        For we cannot tarry here,
        We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger,
        We the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend,
        Pioneers! O pioneers!

        O you youths, Western youths,
        So impatient, full of action, full of manly pride and friendship,
        Plain I see you Western youths, see you tramping with the foremost,
        Pioneers! O pioneers!

        Have the elder races halted?
        Do they droop and end their lesson, wearied over there beyond the seas?
        We take up the task eternal, and the burden and the lesson,
        Pioneers! O pioneers!

        All the past we leave behind,
        We debouch upon a newer mightier world, varied world,
        Fresh and strong the world we seize, world of labor and the march,
        Pioneers! O pioneers!

        1. So the ghetto is the New Frontier… Forget space and the high frontier, and all that…

          Re-conquer the ghetto! “Star Dreck” would be oh so proud…

          I am not so sure that our Lords and Masters will ALLOW us to re-conquer the ghetto, minus a TON of back taxes, to support all the pensions of our retired Government Almighty Servants, though.

  13. Look at that, the fall of civilization really does lead to anarchy. Who’d a thought?

  14. OT:

    ‘Left out because you’re skinny?’ The vintage ads for calorie-laden supplements that encouraged women to GAIN ‘pounds of healthy flesh’

    Ads published between 1908 and 1984 encouraged weight gain
    Curvier women were said to be more ‘attractive’ and ‘popular’
    Weight-gain supplements contained sugar, vegetable oils and yeast

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/fem…..flesh.html
    [insert John joke here]

    1. Sarc, let us not exaggerate, its not as if Kirstie Alley would be John’s first choice. He would only take her home if it was closing time and he had struck out up to that point.

    2. Some might not have wanted flat chested flappers, back in the day.

      1. Grandma was a flapper back in the day. She told stories about how they “strapped them down” with Ace bandages.

        Seeing grandma’s boobs in her lap is nightmare material…

    3. Seems like the very thin and firm standard of attractiveness is a pretty recent development. I find it a very interesting cultural change. I wonder if it has to do with people looking at women less purely in terms of their reproductive qualities and the degree to which sex and reproduction have become distinct activities in many people’s minds.

      1. Scarcity. Extra pounds are no longer scarce.

      2. Back when food was scarce and expensive, extra weight was viewed as a sign of prosperity. Now that it’s cheap and plentiful, extra pounds are perceived as a sign of laziness and lack of self-control.

      3. I just find the thin ones to be more fun in bed. Correlation or causation? Dunno.

    4. “Weight-gain supplements contained sugar, vegetable oils and yeast”

      What do you call a lady with anorexia nervosa and a YEAST infection?

      A quarter pounder with cheese!

      Bring ON the fat ladies, I can roll them in flour to find the wet spot…

  15. “We want squatters. There’s so much abandonment here, we need them to turn the neighborhood around,”

    I don’t think these people have a clue how they got where they are, or what it would take to fix things.

    No.

  16. My advice to the people of that once-great city: GET OUT!

  17. But the authorities’ priorities can skewed sometimes: The police are evidently unable to stop the arsons, but they were quick to crack down when some homeowners in the neighborhood started raising goats. (According to Kurth, the household was planning to start a kibbutz.)

    Again, it comes down to revenue suck or revenue inflation. Responding to a fire costs the city money. Code enforcement makes it money. Now tell me their priorities are ‘skewed’.

    1. Also arsonist don’t hangout til the cops feel like showing up. You can put “shake down goat herder” on your to do list.

      1. Goat herder shakedown would be a good name for a rock band, or at least an album.

        1. Or a Reason cocktail gathering.

      2. That’s the thing, though – arsonists are hard to find, and probably don’t have much anyway. Goat herders are easy targets, and have goats, if nothing else. So guess which one the authorities come down on? And people wonder why we think the state is nothing but plunder writ large.

    2. Makes me think of Office Space:

      Taxpayer: So what exactly would you say you do here in Detroit?

      Bureaucrat: Well I’ll tell you what I do. I make sure there are rules that people follow. You see, people aren’t good at making their own rules.

      Taxpayer: And you personally enforce those rules?

      Bureaucrat: Well…no. The police do. I mean, sometimes.

      Taxpayer: Well my question is, why can’t the people just make and enforce their own rules?

      Bureaucrat: I already told you. Because people aren’t good at making their own rules! I make the rules so the goddam people don’t have to! I’m a people person, dammit! I have people skills! What’s wrong with you?!

  18. The word squatter always generates an image of someone taking a shit.

    1. The word squatter always generates an image of someone taking a shit.

      +1 Sandy

      1. Did Sandi shit on Detroit once?

    2. Erase that little ‘a’ and you’ve got yourself a Detroit dig, brutha.

  19. Why ignore the pack of pachyderm perched on the porch?

    1. The UAW.

    2. GM.

    3. Black “leadership” – starting with Coleman Young. Yes, to be sure, Young’s two immediate predecessors, Democrat-Socialists Jerome Cavanagh and Roman Gribs were horrible. But let’s not pretend that things really began to escalate with the advent of Young and black control and white flight.

  20. It strikes me that what Detroit needs is as many squatters as it can get. By and large they’re likely to be younger and more enterprising than the population beaten into learned helplessness.

    I almost wonder what would happen if the city said “Fuck it. We give up.”, and pretty much welcomed squatters with some sort of homesteading, slashed city staffing and regulation to the bare necessities, slashed the police to a skeleton crew and tasked them with only enforcing victimed crimes and cut taxes accordingly. Yes, I know it would never happen. But it wouild be fascinating to have an experiment with what a free economy could do to Americas biggest shithole.

  21. This guy appears to be their representation on the Detroit city council.

    http://www.detroitmi.gov/Gover…..James-Tate

    And the city council just gave themselves a pay raise:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/…../25340907/

  22. OT:

    Cop shoots two fighting schoolchildren with a taser without first trying to separate them ? and takes them both down with one shot

    Video shows two boys throwing punches and slaps at each other in Georgia
    Students cheer as they fight and the duo end up grappling in the schoolyard
    Police arrive on the scene and immediately taser the boys, who drop to the floor
    Video has been viewed more than 40,000 times and police were criticized for being so eager to shoot the boys – before trying to separate them

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..-shot.html
    Some of the comments are remarkably sane.

    A Taser…..Are you KIDDING ME!!! What the hell is wrong with law enforcement that their First Thought is to shoot! And for crying out loud, it wasn’t as if the officer was out numbered either! No identifying themselves! No attempt to get their attention! No attempt to break them up! No attempt to do ANYthing other than Shoot at Minors! After everything we’ve seen going on Nationally over the last 12+ months, if these two Cowboys, (Shoot First, Ask Questions Later), DON’T have to answer for this – I will shut my mouth and never, ever again support the “Thin, Blue Line” out of respect, or community, or ANYthing! CHURCH!!

    1. Eh… Some of them are… But there are a lot like this.

      Katie, United States, United States, 2 hours ago
      I don’t see a problem. It stopped the fighting didn’t it?

      1. Tulpas are everywhere.

  23. Would YOU have a dead loved one’s TATTOO put in a frame? Bizarre new service offers to remove inked skin and turn it into a memento

    What, no lampshades?

  24. Sigh. I was wanting this article to be about lifting.

    1. +1 Uncle Warty’s DEADLIFT. NOW! program

      Say, Warty? I am just now able to resume lifting after 7 weeks…about what % of my previous weights should I start at…for deadlift, overhead press,, shrugs, etc?

      1. It’s actually deadlift day for me today, and I am super pumped about it. I’ll take deadlift over ohp any day of the week.

        I can’t speak for Warty, but I’d just start light and work up from there. You didn’t stop because you were injured, right?

        1. You don’t know the story about him being a hero?

          1. Uh… I don’t think so. Do tell?

            1. He donated a body part to a friend in need. I can’t remember if it was his kidney or his penis.

              1. Oh, that was really decent of him.

                My father received a donated kidney (from my mother), so I extend a hearty handshake to SS for going through the lengthy and intrusive process to help a pal.

                1. Hey, Playa…I got all the payoff I needed, seeing my friend get better. Well, there is the attractive blond 20-something that gushes over me every time she sees me in the gym now….a buddy was ribbing me about all I did and all I got was a T-shirt (from Froedtert Hospital) and I said I got a kidney shaped pillow too! The woman was behind us and said “oh, did you do an event…?” and my buddy laughed and said “sort of, he donated a kidney”…so she lights up seeing me now and I have been walking on air since….heh.

      2. I would be extremely conservative. Like, work up to a third of what you did before for your first session, or something like that. Work back up to where you were over a few months.

        And what are you shrugging for? Shrugs are only useful when you use extremely heavy weights. Like, if you can’t shrug 585, just deadlift more.

        1. Presumably, you are talking about barbell shrugs?

          What about dumbbell shrugs? After he has gotten back into the groove, don’t you think it is a good idea to incorporate both barbell and dumbbell shrugs?

          When I competed, I would alternate between the two. One workout, I would do barbell shrugs; the next time I did shrugs, it would be the dumbells.

          Nothing like seeing a guy do shrugs with a pair of 100 lb. dumbells. Even if it was Tony or Tulpa or some democrat socialist who adored allopathy!

          1. Competed in what? And I don’t really see the point in dumbbell shrugs ever, or barbell shrugs unless you’re doing them really heavy and in this fashion.

            1. I mean, knock yourself out, but there are more efficient ways to spend one’s weight room time, I think.

            2. Bodybuilding (not that I ever won anything).

              For bodybuilding and other sports, including football for lineman, linebackers, tight ends, and even running backs, I have always thought that shrugs were useful. Yes, I agree, going heavy is important, although the shock provided by varying the weight and intensity, is also useful.

              But for just bodybuilding purposes, shrugs do help to build the traps.

              1. Nothing like seeing a guy do shrugs with a pair of 100 lb. dumbells.

                I’d much rather see a gentleman at the gym shrugging with dumbbells than barbells.

                Mostly because they’re going to use a goddamn squat rack to do their shrugs if they’re using a barbell. If you can’t deadlift your shrug weight and you take up a rack to work on “your traps,” then I hate you.

                1. Ignore her, LibertyMike. Riven is just bleeding out of somewhere. These worthless betas don’t know shit about actual lifting.

                  1. Psh. I get a shot–so no bleeding for me, thankyouverymuch

                  2. Jimbo, LOL.

                    Truth is, although I have been heard to argue vociferously on sports talk radio in defense of Messrs. McGuire, Sosa, Bonds, Clemens, Palmeiro, Rodriguez et al, I never went the roid route in my bodybuilding days.

                    Don’t get me wrong, I never won any contests because I couldn’t get my abs ripped enough. Although I was disciplined, I could not lay off the Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon vanilla soft serve whether at Dairy Queen or elsewhere.

        2. Thanks Uncle Warty – I am quite happy to deadlift more instead of shoulder shrugs with dumbbells. I like me some deadlifting – but I will be conservative and careful!

    2. These squatters are lifting, man. They are lifting the fuck more than you ever will. Like an entire fucking city more. Riven cannot lift an entire goddamn city.

      1. It’s true. Goddamn shitty female upper-body strength.

        1. THE WARTY THAT SQUATTED CLEVELAND

          I think that was NC-17.

  25. what would happen if the city said “Fuck it. We give up.”, and pretty much welcomed squatters with some sort of homesteading[?]

    Unfair outcomes might result.
    Too risky. It’s better if those valuable economic resources remain locked in perpetual limbo.

  26. new on CBS this fall: Taint on Taint, starring Ted Danson as Dr. Aneus Taint, a part time reporter, part time detective, part time proctologist, looking for love in post-apocalyptic Detroit

    1. I think it’s still apocalypting.

    2. *flings garlands, cheers wildly*

    3. I wish I was that creative. it’s a real thing

  27. Meanwhile, in other “Dispatches From the Road to Hell” news…

    A solid majority of New York state residents are in favor of raising the minimum wage over the next several years to $15 an hour, according to a new poll released on Friday.

    According to the survey conducted by Quinnipiac University, 62 percent of New York voters, across every gender, age and regional group, supported raising the minimum wage.

    “It ain’t my money.”

    1. Can’t wait for the headline 5 years from now complaining about how much higher the NY State unemployment rate is than elsewhere. Wonder who they’ll blame.

  28. I bet you among Detroit’s parasite class running the city there are some who believe you can coerce people to get into business. ‘You! Yeah you. Start a business. You will operate in this abandoned business…and don’t get cute. We get our cut.’

    You know a city is in a serious free fall when squatters start to come into play.

    1. *abandoned building*

  29. Whenever Detroit is the subject, never forget:

    Think punk?
    …think thug?
    … think punk, thug Coleman Young.

    Burn in Hell, you little Marxian piece of trash.

    1. Whenever I see the ‘fight the power fist’ sculpture I wonder A) if blacks succeeded and B) if they’re happy with the results.

      From where I sit, it’s shit all the way down.

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    Well, of course they did! Arsonists are scary. Goatherds are not. (Unless they’re Afghani.)

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