From June 10, 1986, the Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner script intended the scene where the President of OCP (the company responsible for producing the Robocop Prototype) explained why he wanted Detroit to be free of crime with... more of a personal feel.
|The "Old Man" from 1987's Robocop: "Old Detroit has a cancer." (blacks, cough cough)|
Sadly, this wouldn't survive the editing room floor, but here's what the fourth draft had the "Old Man" telling a room full of corporate bigwigs:
OK, let's get started: I've had a dream for more than a decade now, and I've asked you all to share it with me. In six months we being construction of Delta City (he waves toward the model) where Old Detroit now stands. I grew up in Old Detroit... as a child I played in its streets... Those same streets have become a breeding ground for crime and social decay. Before we employ the 2 million workers that will breathe life into this city again we must pacify Old Detroit.That is a powerful scene, sadly neutered down in the actual version of the movie Paul Verhoeven directed.
Evoking memories of a distant, placid past, the "Old Man" in charge of OCP uses powerful language to describe what must be done to ensure the present ruinous condition of Detroit is not allowed to perpetuate into the future.
"Those same streets" (where as a child he played) are a "breeding ground for crime and social decay" precisely because a new racial group occupies the real estate.
The "Old Man" from the Robocop script (and movie) is a white male, whose people were forced out of Detroit courtesy of the vice, misery, and crime black people imported from the southern states when they migrated to the city, culminating with the 1967 rebellion.
And wherever these white people went, civilization followed ("as a child I played in its streets").
Wherever these black people went, civilization receded ("those same streets have become a breeding ground for crime and social decay").
And though the fictional OCP was unable to "pacify" Old Detroit via robotic law enforcement, the power of gentrification as the economic warfare needed to combat the Visible Black Hand of Economics is on display in 2014 Detroit. [
Since the late ’90s, downtown Detroit landlords have dreamed of the day they could charge apartment renters $2 per square foot.
It was a magic number, like a major league pitcher winning 20 games or a lottery jackpot hitting $100 million. That’s why the 625-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment being offered at The Albert Capitol Park should have a historical marker.
The rent is $1,385 a month. That adds up to $2.22 per square foot. “We are there and it means downtown is about to be supercharged,” said James Van Dyke, a key downtown developer.
An artist rendering of life at the post-black the Albert building in Detroit, which Detroit.Curbed.com labeled a "nightmare." Have they not seen what 83 percent Detroit looks like now? Is that their dream?
“No more ridiculously long wait lists to rent something downtown. For developers, no more having to find eight, 10 different sources of financing, because a bank may actually be willing to give a traditional loan.” It means the skyrocketing rent for downtown apartments in the hot residential areas of Midtown, riverfront, Eastern Market, and Corktown could begin to level off in the next few years.
More financing for developers means they build more apartments. More supply means more competitive prices.
If it does level off, renting a place in the trendy parts of Detroit may continue to cost about the same as renting in the trendy parts of Cleveland, Kansas City, or San Antonio, according to a national report on apartment rents in 46 U.S. cities.
The average will go up — but it won’t hit anywhere near the level of a New York ($4,100-a-month average) or San Francisco ($2,540). What makes The Albert distinct is that most of the 127 units will be around the $2-per-square-foot mark — not just some of the the building’s best apartments.
As recently as this winter, the rent in this Capitol Park building was as low as $130 a month. The former tenants who lived in the historical building relied on federal government Section 8 vouchers to pay their rent.
The 12-story building was designed by the late Albert Kahn, the architect most associated with Detroit when it was prosperous and growing. Last year, the 1214 Griswold building was purchased by a limited liability corporation listing Richard Broder as its managing partner.
Broder is chief executive officer of Birmingham-based Broder & Sachse, a commercial and residential real estate firm.
Not surprisingly, when the previous tenants who relied on Section 8 were informed they had one year to leave, some tried to fight and stay, attracting media attention about the price of gentrification.
Then earlier this year, several local bloggers ridiculed a promotional video for The Albert because it portrayed animated images of new tenants as mainly white and young. The tenants who were forced to leave were mainly black and elderly.
Across the park from the Albert, 20 mostly young residents of 1215-17 Griswold were given 30 days to vacate earlier this year. Most paid $500 a month in rent for 2,300-square-foot spaces in a building with no working elevator and boarded-up windows. Gilbert associate James Ketai purchased the building last year.
The city found numerous violations that made it too dangerous for occupancy and ordered it be vacated immediately. The residents were given $2,000 for the move. Many are rankled by the relocation.
“I find it ironic Capitol Park is being touted as the place that must be fixed up so Detroit can attract the creative class,” said Margaret Cassetto, one of the former residents, who moved to the West Village neighborhood.What Robocop couldn't do in the movies, gentrification can do in real life.
It was once said, "stocks may rise and fall, utilities and transportation systems may collapse. People are no damn good, but they will always need land and they'll pay through the nose to get it!"
Well... nationwide any community or city where the majority of real estate is occupied by black people doesn't fit this rule elucidated by Lex Luthor in 1978's Superman.
Though the last frontier for disparate impact lawsuits will be property evaluations/assessments (why is property owned by black people in say Clayton County, Georgia worth exponentially less than that owned by whites people in Forsyth County?), our egalitarian overlords will find it harder to extract property taxes from home owners when we're all equal on paper...
What this Detroit News article makes clear is one, simple rule: when it's white, property is alright; when it's black, property is sacked.
Sacked = blight = Ruin Porn = the need for Pacification as outlined by the "Old Man" in the fourth script for Robocop.
But that's tolerated in a world where Disingenuous White Liberals (DWLs) scramble to protect black people from ever being fingered for the damage they collectively create; with individual DWLs seeking immunity from charges of racism leveled at all whites by the unstable paradigm of Black-Run America (BRA).
The ad the Detroit News noticed as being full of whites for the newly renovated (strangely, once devoid of blacks, increasing in value...) Albert building caused mass hysteria from DWLs upset Detroit might lose its blackness - the blight, ruin porn, and crime that goes with it - and grow in whiteness. [The Griswold Building Becomes "The Albert," Releases an Unbearable Promo Video, Detroit.Curbed.com, 3-13-14]:
UPDATE (4/2/14): The Albert has edited out some of the more insensitive portions of the video after this article originally posted.
The is back, and developers have rebranded the renovated apartment building into something trendier. Something younger. Something altogether unbearable. Something called . You might want to buckle up for this one. It's so awful, you might end up hate-watching it again and again.
Remember how this renovation began by kicking out the building's previous population of low-income seniors? To celebrate that triumph, the video starts and ends with a young person making a bold declaration " .""Unbearable promo video?"
"Insensitive?" (Deadline Detroit called it "racist")
Oh, you mean white people moving back to Detroit and quietly reminding the world that as the community increases in viability (decreasing in ethnic "vibrancy") and property valuations improve is an unbearable, insensitive reminder of the poverty blackness alone creates and sustains?
Call the black population of Detroit the "uncreative class" (apologies to Richard Florida), with the incredible blight and decay in the once thriving city a reminder of their reign as the majority racial population in the city.
A community's health is nothing more than a reflection of its majority racial population.
And that majority demographic is a clear sign of the sustainability of the community.
Detroit doesn't need a robotic police force to survive; it needs gentrification, which some idiots find "unbearable" and "insensitive."
What blacks have done to the civilization whites created out of the wilderness is no longer bearable.