The landscape of foreclosed and municipally owned Detroit real estate kind of resembles a volcano. Most of the year, everything is rock solid and unmoving, but twice a year, we see violent eruptions of cheap land in the form of the Wayne County Tax Foreclosure Auction.
The path of fostering local self-sufficient neighborhoods that restore community while rebuilding our city, rooted in the steady, often unseen, work of neighborhood people, is the best hope for our future and that of the planet.
Instead of jumping into a massive land sale, we encourage the City Council to put in place policies and practices that will move neighborhood developments onto positive, principled and productive frameworks.
John Hantz may not be the last real estate speculator in Detroit, but he's decided the city is his yard. He won't stop grabbing at the city's empty lots until he owns them... or until he graces the supper table.