A Detroit blogger has compiled a compelling series of images from Google Street View to show the devastating decline of the city’s residential neighborhoods since the 2008/09 financial crisis.
Alex Alsup, who spends his days examining property data at LOVELAND Technologies, began his blog GooBing Detroit to document how dramatic the deterioration in those few short years has been.
‘I feel like many people think Detroit has been in rough shape for decades – that the deterioration isn’t anything new,’ he says. ’It’s just not the case. The financial crisis was a new and incredibly fast and destructive wave that is still rippling across the city.’
Alsup says that the financial crisis came at a time when home values had already been steadily declining for years, yet property taxes remained extremely high.
As city services and infrastructure declined, people began to leave, unable to sell a property worth only $20,000 for which the annual taxes were about $3,000.
I know this is not very appealing to look at but this is what liberal policies have done
Really puts things into perspective how liberals promise change and this is the real result
Republicans are to blame as well. They should have stood up to Democrats seizing power and destroying America you think?
Alsup says there have been upwards of 70,000 tax foreclosures since the financial crisis. Now, properties are auctioned off by the city for $500 apiece to people who often do nothing with them, and the large number of properties that don’t sell have often been destroyed.
The result is the post-apocalyptic appearance of some of Detroit’s neighborhoods, which go from inhabited and well-kept in 2008 to overgrown in 2010 to burnt-out or demolished in 2014.