The Detroitification of America

A 2010 article that couldn’t be more relevant today:

 

Like a forgotten downtown billboard, Detroit proclaims a warning about the rest of America for any who will stop and look.



If ever an American city was a warning for the nation, it is Detroit. Its crumbling mansions, overgrown boulevards and abandoned factories drive a message home to those who will pay attention. We cannot afford to ignore this once-great city. Why? What killed Detroit is killing America.

Detroit used to be synonymous with wealth and prosperity. It was a city humming with big-finned cars and Motown rhythms. Factories churned out products that ended up on store shelves around the world. Full employment empowered high salaries, flourishing schools and manicured storefronts, with flashy neon lights lining the boulevards. Multiple generations of families shared the same streets and barbecues.

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Detroit Isn’t Back, It’s Broken

The Tigers and Lions may be serious playoff contenders and Eminem may still be making hit records, but the city of Detroit is still on the brink of disaster. The Detroit Free Press reports:

On the same day Detroit officials delivered to the state a new proposal aimed at saving the city from fiscal collapse, Detroit’s financial review team declared that a severe financial emergency exists in the city.

The report may lead Republican governor Rick Snyder to appoint an emergency commission to once again bail out the desperate city. Detroit officials and residents are fuming at the prospect of the austerity measures needed to save the city from bankruptcy.

Residents cried racism and warned of mass unrest if the state intervenes. Of the 100 public comments, only one person delivered a reality check to the audience. His job title may have saved him from the hostile crowd.

“Detroit is nothing but pollution, crime, garbage and murder,” said Michael McMahon, a resident and cage fighter, eliciting boos and insults from the audience. “I believe in cuts, layoffs and firings. If they can’t get the job done downtown … I say fire them, send someone else from Lansing and clean up this mess.”

Full article: Detroit Isn’t Back, It’s Broken (Washington Free Beacon)