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Re: Sad to see Monroe like this
« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2018, 06:33:33 PM »

For those of you keeping track of blighted homes there will soon be fewer to count. 

http://www.monroenews.com/news/20180721/homes-to-be-razed-to-make-way-for-heritage-corridor
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Re: Sad to see Monroe like this
« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2018, 09:11:28 AM »

For those of you keeping track of blighted homes there will soon be fewer to count. 

http://www.monroenews.com/news/20180721/homes-to-be-razed-to-make-way-for-heritage-corridor


The sad thing is most of the homes WEREN'T blighted.

The vast majority were bought by the City, and the City is tearing them down as part of their wonderful "Auto World" going to save Monroe National Battlefield.

This is a double hit in my viewpoint. 

No more property taxes from those parcels - and the City gets to pay to take care of the lots now too.

I thought Cities were supposed to try to INCREASE their tax revenue - not make it smaller.

Oh well - the Idiots that run Monroe think they know what they are doing.
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Re: Sad to see Monroe like this
« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2018, 10:16:07 AM »

With revenue on the down slide, seems pretty counter productive to me but then the 'money' to do the demo comes from guess who... taxpayers.

Never been impressed with Monroe, never will be.
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Re: Sad to see Monroe like this
« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2019, 08:03:30 PM »

Funny that people are just now noticing that Monroe has been struggling 15 years after the Ford plant shutdown.  It’s been going on for a very long time so congrats for catching up.  This same phenomena happens with the stock market. 

Some good things are actually starting to happen though.  The plans for the National Battlefield Park are really nice and will help the east side, reduce blight, create some nice walking paths (think connectivity) and add green space which draws people to cities.  Not everyone wants to live out in the boonies of Monroe County, stranded on your 5 acre property on 60 mph dirt road.  Wow, that’s freedom.  It’s nice to be able to walk or bike somewhere, to a park, to a friends house, to get some ice cream. That’s what a small town is about.

Tearing down the old homes is exactly what they should be doing.  If not, some wanna be slum lords will just continue to buy them cheap, rent them out to people who could give a crap less about the properties all while doing just enough repairs to avoid getting fined by the city.  At some point, they become worthless.  The key is getting more home OWNERS with skin in the game and less renters.

A lot of what plagues the city has also hurt the entire Midwest.  Globalization and exporting of blue collar jobs left communities with high school level educations with nothing to do.  The parents that worked the blue collar jobs that have left the city no doubt did not guide their kids to college because, hell, they never went to oollege. Now those kids are milling around popping pills....like rest of the country.

Monroe can have a come back though.  It’s on a Great Lake and has a major river running right through it.  Those natural resources are priceless and can’t be duplicated elsewhere.  Getting rid of the dam(s) to let the wild fish spawn is great.  Think fly fishing if you don’t sit in front of the big glowing talking box.  Having lived in the big city for 26 years (spouse’s family is from Monroe), the traffic is brutal, it’s one big faceless bedroom community after another and is still very dependent on a tenuous auto industry. 
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