As if the Motor City didn't have enough issues, this week, on an issue that is at once bizarre and yet, because we're talking about Detroit, not all that surprising. The station details the problem facing one neighborhood on the city's east side, in which several of the abandoned homes have become dumping grounds for discarded tires.
We're not talking a few hundred tires, mind you. They're piled between the houses and stacked floor-to-ceiling inside them. Basements, staircases, both living floors—it's incredible. The guilty parties? Local tire shops, who, rather than pay disposal fees, use the city's myriad empty homes as giant, illegal dumpsters (either themselves or by paying third parties to do it for them). The result is yet another form of urban blight that's not merely unsightly, but potentially dangerous—community residents rightly wonder what might happen if a fire were to break out in one of these homes.
Locals' requests for help went essentially unheeded, according to the report, but once TV news got involved and brought a city spokeswoman on scene, wheels started turning, and massive bulk pickups were authorized. The local community got together to help with the cleanup, but short of a concerted effort by the resource-strapped city to police the activity and hold the actual dumpers accountable, who's to stop it all from happening again? As a reporter points out, the street they reported from isn't the only one facing this problem.
It's appalling. Here's the video.