You’ll Be Amazed How This Craftsman Lovingly Turns One City’s Ruins Into Awesome Beauty

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One man’s trash is truly another man’s treasure, especially when Mark Wallace gets his talented hands on it.

How fitting that this story comes out of Detroit, Motown, where a musical Phoenix of sorts is rising from the ashes of depressed sections of a once-great metropolis.

As CBS News reports, Detroit is littered with more than 70,000 abandoned buildings, many of them vacant industrial structures. But it’s the wood in those empty buildings — wood harvested decades ago from old-growth forests and now left to rot — that’s being transformed into stunning musical instruments for a new Motown sound.

By clicking on the video above, you can watch a CBS News feature story on Mark Wallace, who proudly says his unique guitars — hand-crafted from reclaimed wood — “are a tribute to Detroit’s rich music history from Motown to classic rock to rap.”

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Detroit In RUINS! (Crowder Goes Ghetto)

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Detroit’s become a political punchline in the USA, but what really caused the demise of one of the nation’s wealthiest cities? I explain in the above video.

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Watch: This Proud American’s Multi-Mile Walk To Work Inspires Total Strangers In An Awesome Way

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At a time when so many Americans are expecting government handouts — in an era when an increasingly large segment of our citizenry seems all too content to be increasingly dependent on taxpayer-supported welfare — it’s refreshing to see the story of a man who doesn’t have much, yet stands proudly on his own two feet.

More accurately, it might be said that James Robertson of Detroit does much more than stand proudly; he walks unbowed and without complaint to and from work at a machine shop outside of the city, fives days a week, good weather or bad.

So what’s the big deal about walking to work and back home? When your commute is close to 21 miles a day because public transportation covers only a small part of the distance, that’s the big deal — that’s what makes Robertson’s story remarkable.

And it’s what makes remarkable as well the response of the people who were moved by the Detroit Free Press‘ account of Robertson’s determination and drive.

Hundreds of total strangers from across the country have donated more than $50,000 to help the 56-year-old Detroit resident make that daily commute less grueling — money that can be used to buy a car and pay for gas, maintenance, and insurance.

Several people who were struck by Robertson’s story in the newspaper set up online crowd-funding sites that quickly began to draw generous donations.

Others, moved by the grit and gumption of James Robertson and his story of day after day, week after week walking extraordinary distances to and from work, offered “their own cars, as well as bus tickets, bicycles and even daily chauffer service for Robertson.”

As challenging, wintry weather closed in on the Motor City over the weekend, James Robertson said he was thankful for the awesome generosity of people whom he had never met, adding that he would head to work as usual early Monday, anticipating his 21-mile walking round-trip to and from a job he loved.

Eyeing the snow piling up around his white-frame house in Detroit, Robertson sounded not a bit worried.

“I’ve had worse. This is reminiscent of those snowstorms last year, and I made it then,” said the man with a perfect attendance record in more than a dozen years at Schain Mold & Engineering in Rochester Hills.

By clicking on the video above, you can watch the segment produced by the Detroit Free Press that helped inspire hundreds of total strangers to step forward and lend a helping hand to a man whose livelihood has been so dependent on his feet…and on his American can-do spirit.

h/t: Opposing Views

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Could Detroit Become America’s First Chinese City?

Now that Detroit has been sucked dry by Democrat criminality and union greed, the Chinese are eager to become America’s new wave of “homesteaders.”

As Detroit continues to crumble and disappear in its current form, a “Chinese Phoenix” may be rising out of the ashes. Chinese buyers are scooping up dilapidated homes throughout the once great Motor City in hopes of turning the town into a “little Beijing.”

The question here becomes: How is this happening? The governor of Michigan, Republican Rick Snyder, has already made a formal request to Obama’s Homeland Security for 50,000 special immigration visas to accommodate the expected wave of Chinese settlers who will rebuild Detroit. These special visas will be given to professionals who agree to live and work in Detroit. We have done this before.

During the 19th century, we opened territories such as Oklahoma and made specific overtures to Germans’ will to populate North Dakota–and even changed the name of its largest city to “Bismarck” to attract them.

Because the Democrats and unions are no longer interested in Detroit, this bold step could only be taken by a Republican. Governor Snyder is doing whatever he has to, including looking overseas to Asia for help in saving the Motor City. He is making his pitch to employers who will invest at least $500,000 and employ at least ten workers in Detroit.

A bottom line businessman before entering politics, Snyder knows the “gone forever” auto manufacturing industry can no longer be looked to for a way to turn Detroit around.

Once Detroit hit rock bottom and became the largest America city to announce it was bankrupt, wealthy Chinese businessmen started viewing the city as a rare opportunity to become a part of the American economy, one they believe in enough to pour their fortunes into. They are buying properties in the Motor City sight unseen because they are seeing the potential returns they will enjoy from a revitalized Detroit.

Realtors representing Detroit property owners desparate to escape the city’s continuing collapse are regularly receiving calls from Chinese buyers saying “I’m serious—I wanna buy 100, 200 properties…We don’t need to see them. Just pick the good ones.”

Great things can still happen in America when we push Democrats and unions out of the way. Those looking at us from overseas seem to have more faith in America than many people here – what a sad state of affairs Democrats and unions have brought about.

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Dems Favor Federal Bailout Of Detroit, But Majority Of Public Opposed

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A new national poll from Quinnipiac University shows that a majority Democrats believe the federal government should bail out Detroit, but an even larger majority of Americans oppose such a move. Fifty-one percent of Democrats support Washington providing federal assistance to Detroit, which last month became the largest American city ever to seek bankruptcy protection.

Not surprisingly, there is a strong partisan divide on the question of a federal bailout for the Motor City. Seventy-three percent of Republicans oppose a bailout, while only 18 percent support the idea. Independents are nearly of the same mind as Republicans on the issue: 68 percent oppose federal assistance for Detroit and 28 percent support it.

The poll also shows a significant racial divide on the issue. Whites overwhelmingly oppose a federal bailout (63 percent against vs. 26 percent in favor) while a solid majority of African-Americans support a bailout (57 percent favor vs. 36 percent against) as do a plurality of Hispanics (48 percent favor vs. 36 percent against).

A federal bailout for Detroit is very much a live issue politically. Michigan’s congressional Democrats are vowing to find federal assistance for the city, while Republicans such as Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul have declared that Washington will bailout Detroit “over my dead body.”

Read More at Real Clear Politics . By Tom Bevan.

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