A city of 2 Million is down to about 900,000 residents. Houses go for a dollar and apparently Racoon is big on the menu nowadays? Is this the future of the recession/depression?
Beasley, a 69-year-old retired truck driver who modestly refers to himself as the Coon Man, supplements his Social Security check with the sale of raccoon carcasses that go for as much $12 and can serve up to four. The pelts, too, are good for coats and hats and fetch up to $10 a hide.
While economic times are tough across Michigan as its people slog through a difficult and protracted deindustrialization, Beasley remains upbeat.
Where one man sees a vacant lot, Beasley sees a buffet.
“Starvation is cheap,” he says as he prepares an afternoon lunch of barbecue coon and red pop at his west side home.
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