after days of re-researching the michigan thing, tod came up with some stats. that sort of stopped any fantasies about moving to detroit right now. true, we could get a foreclosed home for 50k (lets not think about the loan or how we prove we even have incomes) that has everything and needs no work. we could get a foreclosed home for $100 or 5,000....all would need work. Lets just say we did it. Tod found out that something like 75% of high school students dont even graduate. I googled the population: there is about 830,000 - 820,000 people left in a city compared to 916,952 in 2008, with more people moving out as i speak. a whopping 1/3 of the population lives BELOW the poverty line. i googled parks and bike paths and could only find a sad bragging about them recently (this was last year or so?) getting 1.5 miles of bike paths in downtown. I couldn't find any places that were set up for walking.....instead I read that in all of detroit only 30% of it is even remotely safe to walk in during the day. that killed it for me. if i'm going to live in a shit hole and be poor i want to at least walk everywhere and not be marooned on my housing lot. i'd go nuts. forget about finding like minded people. other than the few brave artist types there, what business would i have living there? culturally i might go into shock. i dont think i would thrive in a city with high crime, poverty and poor education stats.
so seattle. we finally felt good about deciding to go there. foreclosed homes there? 179k - 300k UNBELIEVABLE. its still one of the richest cities in a shaky economy. our chance to move there would happen IF my sister decided to go live abroad. IF we could come up with a min. of 1300-1500 a month not including utilities. (i've deleted this next bit because I realize its just a rant that doesn't need to be put out there)
i think maybe i'm just kidding myself. if you have no money and no job skills (going back to massage therapy isn't an option as i let my license expire and my body just cannot do that anymore) wtf do you do? go find new people to care take for? suddenly everything here looks PERFECT.(more rant deletion, sorry)
wheres waldo. thats what i feel like i'm looking for in a plethora of locked doors. i'm looking for that one place that has room for me and tod and my art. a place i dont have to go to three separate areas to get my stuff and work on. a place that is vibrant and 'green minded' and cultural.