Detroit’s “Natural Fires”

They are just that and the reason I believe they were as bad as they are is because many parts of the city are being reclaimed by nature. When I saw this today I remembered a video from what turns out to be almost two years ago.

From an article-
The fires struck haphazardly across Detroit, hitting some blocks and skipping other streets completely.

Rush’s northwest side neighborhood is one of the most stable in Detroit. Most houses are brick and the properties are well-kept. But several miles to the east on Robinwood, the heaviest fire damage was to vacant houses already in poor condition.

Some houses are separated by vacant lots where homes once stood. The neighborhood is among Detroit’s most desperate.

The other fires spread across various parts of the east side also are among the poorest in Detroit.

After two years and no money the undergrowth has only grown and being in a climate like this it can be damn near rain forest like.

The video is 4 minutes long.

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10 Responses to Detroit’s “Natural Fires”

  1. Holte Ender

    September 8, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    That is one fabulous video Fly. All the crap we are subjected to by the news media, it is wonderful to see something that offers a smidge of hope.

    • One Fly

      September 8, 2010 at 7:23 pm

      When I saw this two years ago it just plain stuck with me was how things were being overgrown by plants. In a hot humid wet climate like this one can grow massive amounts of vegetables with work. Things grow like crazy in Georgia as well I bet.

  2. Jess

    September 8, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Hey getting the food right from garden to table is always a good idea. Plus it’s good for the environment, not a big carbon footprint, where we are depending on oil to truck things in from far away. Too many cities like this right now, and this brings a little light into the tunnel, seeing what is possible.

  3. dmarks

    September 8, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    It’s a blue state, actually.

    The city itself was pretty much destroyed by Mayor Coleman Young. Kwame Kilpatrick did quite a number on it too.

  4. Mother Hen

    September 9, 2010 at 9:57 am

    How cool is that! People become resourceful when deprived and this is a perfect example.

    40k vacant lots- and all that beautiful architecture (in abundance) that will go to ruin. That history will be lost as people focus on their everyday needs and let the past go. Yet learning self-sufficiency and living closer to nature is good for everyone.

    I know where I am heading when the zombpocalypse happens!

    • One Fly

      September 9, 2010 at 5:51 pm

      But MH it’s the winters that are the issue. But in the future people will have to provide some of their own food or else they will not be able to survive. We ahve seen the good times I believe.

      • Mother Hen

        September 9, 2010 at 9:40 pm

        But One Fly- the winter free immobilizes zombies, rendering them harmless and immobile for easy dispatch. The lack of population density is also a plus, as zombification spreads more easily in crowded places.

        Our ancestors were able to store food for the winter. This is not yet a lost art.

        • One Fly

          September 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm

          To think that each homestead in the mid west -four per square mile were in many ways self sufficient. Each with their own fruit tree grove which was a wind break as well. Animals provided many things and many old farm house basements were designed with a place to process meat as well as a place to store various other food stuffs. On and on.

          As for the zombies they thrive out there and even though not active during winter they spend that time fattening up to pull their shit when spring comes.

  5. A Michael J. Scott

    September 9, 2010 at 11:07 am

    What a great video. I’ve watched it several times. Mother Nature reclaiming her own. Thanks Tom, for sharing this with us.

    • One Fly

      September 9, 2010 at 5:52 pm

      Of course your welcome for that Mike and I think too we will see more of the same in other cities as well if there are not major improvements in this economy.