After seeing some of the new toys the nation's police departments have been receiving, used in the recent unrest in Furgeson MO, I'm wondering what sort of gear the Detroit police have in storage? And also the outlying suburbs?
This is all about minimizing the amount of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) into the Clinton AND Detroit Rivers by building new retention basin capacity to collect and hold the huge amounts of combined storm water and sewage from heavy storms in Oakland County that would otherwise go directly to suburban residential basements, the Clinton River and the Detroit Sewage plant. Once the retention basins are full and if the rainfall is still continuing, the overflow goes over the weirs and is given a very basic treatment and released to the Clinton River. By building more retention basin capacity, this should happen much less often. After the rainfall has stopped, the combined storm water and sewage remaining behind the weirs can be released from the retention basins (dewatered flow) and safely sent on its way via the interceptor to the Detroit Sewage plant for treatment (without overwhelming the treatment plant, which also has weirs which would send overflow directly to the Detroit River).
I was only there 24 hours. It's my birth place. Went to the eastside and noticed several "city of Detroit demolition" yellow stickers on houses. A neighbor friend said the city came to her block (only 2 houses on the block) and told them they would be bought out and the vacant houses would be demolished.
First question -- how long will this take for the city to finish demolishing houses? Seems that would take years.
Second -- does the yellow sticker on a house means it's in a DB and will be among the first to go?
Third -- does the city have the money to buy the owner's out?
This seems to pie-in-the-sky to me. I welcome it, because the blocks I visited were hideous. The trees and shrubs and weeds had grown so high there was no sidewalk. People were walking in the streets -- like it was the rural south!
Then I went over to the New Center on Blvd. and it was a different, although not bright, scene. Once you got out of NC and went further up the Blvd., more delapidated properties. People are not living in.
I just don't think this is going to be accomplished in Duggan's 4 years.
Given that much of the state's infrastructure is being allowed to crumble before our eyes as the state's economy remains in the gutter and we're handing out tax breaks to business and wealthy folks like candy (thus losing more revenue), this doesn't surprise me one bit.
Unfortunately, it will probably take a truly catastrophic event before we take our collective heads out of our ass and decide to spare a few dollars to completely replace it all.
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