Here is another positive headline of Detroiters taking improvement efforts into their own hands and not waiting for permits or bureaucracy or the police or funding: http://detnews.com/article/20100928/OPINION03/9280373/Renegade-rehabbers-get-Detroit-Velodrome-rolling
This group, the "Mower Gang", just started in August, and is cleaning up city parks that have been left to rot by the city. It looks like the most high profile project they have undertaken is to restore the Detroit Velodrome at Dorais Park (a bike racing track built in 1969, after the riots actually). They will have it ready for an ad hoc fundraising race on October 16.
It is encouraging to see that more and more people are taking matters into their own hands to fix Detroit. It is not some kind of anti-government Tea Party sentiment at work here I think, but rather, the realization that sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands and if you don't fix it, who will?
Some interesting highlights from the article:
"Billing itself on Facebook as "a crafty crew that refuses to let small budgets and bureaucracy stand in the way of a great playground," they set out to do good in a concrete way, without fuss."
"As the 23-year-old Didorosi says on the Thunderdrome website: "A lot of young people are starting to ignore their parents' warnings and rediscover a lot of great stuff (about Detroit)." "
"In the meantime, "reverse vandalism" seems as if it ought to be legal."
Didorosi: "Ignore the past, ignore the rot, and just do: make, improve, fix."