Black People : Black "Blotters"

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  1. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    Inner-city suburbs?


    Enterprising homeowners are changing the landscape of ailing neighborhoods in big cities through 'blotting,' a term coined to describe homeowners taking possession of adjacent abandoned property.


    By Melinda Fulmer of MSN Real Estate

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    Shelina Gethers, left, and her granddaughter Kaili stand in Gethers' New Orleans yard. Gethers added to her yard via a process called "blotting." Photo courtesy of Gethers

    ....For less than the cost of an airplane ticket, in some instances, owners can acquire lots next door to create their own oasis, complete with pools, courtyards or even orchards. Cities, meanwhile, are spared the upkeep of these properties.
    "I think it's a good strategy" for our 60,000 vacant lots, says Marja Winters, deputy director ofDetroit's Planning and Development Department. "In a lot of them, there's no interest, so why not put them in the hands of citizens that are going to own it and care for it?"
    • this type of side-yard expansion, once expensive and time-consuming, has taken off in recent years as cities have foreclosed on abandoned properties, putting them in a land bank to be sold to interested parties. As the price and process have improved, the number of blots has swelled by the thousands in cities such as Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland and New Orleans, as well as other parts of the Rust Belt and Northeast....
    In Detroit alone, the city approved 139 of these side-lot sales last fiscal year, and 123 in just the first part of this fiscal year. The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority has signed purchase agreements for more than 1,000 properties abandoned after Hurricane Katrina, according to published reports.
    As the number of blots has grown, so have concerns about the effect they will have on future growth in these shrunken cities. Is it wise to create suburban spaces just outside of downtown? Or are these cities shortchanging future growth?
     
  2. cherryblossom

    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    Too much of anything can be harmful. But, overall, I think this is a good thing.

    Using vacant lots for community gardens or an area for children to play safely and beautifying neighborhoods is a a good thing.
     
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    I think it's a good move for growth within the community and for children will help
    keep them from the street corner.......and into an active structure
     
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    wow ... sounds pretty kewl ... especially if there are no complaints from who the property actually belongs to ... :look:

    For less than the cost of an airplane ticket ... that sounds like a pretty good opportunity to acquire property.

    Thanks for Sharing!

    Love You!

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    Destee
     
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    Hi, purchasing the lot next door was a great investment for my family. Houses in the inner city usually do not have much yard; this allow us to have a yard. It has made a great difference.
    Shelina Gethers
     
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    Heh.... never heard of the term 'blotting'.

    My dad did this.
     
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