Detroit's Tragedy and How to Fix It

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  • From the Tundra||

    Good article on Detroit's dysfunction, including a private security company that residents use instead of the 58-minute-response-time Detroit cops:

  • Stephdumas||

    I wonder if Weird Al Yankovic might do a parody of Gordon Lightfoot song "Black day in July" retitled "Bankrupt in July" or David Bowie "Panic in Detroit" retitled "Bankrupt in Detroit"? ;-)

    Perhaps it might be politically incorrect to mention, but maybe Detroit have to do like Compton, CA faced from what I read on that article of the Daily Beast from 2009

  • Redleg||

    No, Detroit cannot be fixed or salvaged. Detroit got the way it is by Leftist Democrat policies, and the Democrats will never change these policies. Caving to public employee unions, suppressing and burdening private companies, and catering to unions is what got Detroit where it is. This is classic Democrat governance, and it never changes. Since Detroit voters have a dogged and uniform determination to keep voting Democrat, it logically follows that Detroit will continue its descent into further chaos, and never recover. Detroit will never recover. Never.

  • Lorensacho||

    You blame the Democrats for the car companies firing all the auto workers which led to poverty, crime, low property values and no tax revenue? And now you want the city government without funds to pick up the garbage, educate better and clean up the city? What planet are you coming from? Without jobs the city will decay. This is not a political issue as much as you need to crucify the Democrats. It's an economic issue that can never be solved except with mass migration to other parts of the U.S.

  • Gorilla tactics||

    Detroit started its slow decline after the 1967 riots, long before outsourcing and long before that satan ronald reagan became president.

    The 67 riots scared away all the business and subsequent mismanagement by coleman young drove it into bankruptcy, the outsourcing argument is bullshit because A) it is completely anachronistic and B) pittsburgh had the exact same problem when it lost its steel industry though instead of voting for Coleman "I blame everything on whitey" Young, they actually got their shit together and turned it into one of the top 10 cities to live in in the US

  • Stephdumas||

    I confirm, I saw a post on City-Data forums about an article of the Washington Post on the subject

  • Mark22||

    Why in the world would anybody want to move to a city that obviously keeps electing bad politicians? If I'm going to move somewhere, it's going to be to a city and region that shares my values.

  • Objective Historian||

    I was just thinking of that Vice episode on HBO where they went to China and all the "ghost cities." Literally billions that the Chinese junta thugs spent on cities for hundreds of thousands in the middle of nowhere; but unlike there we don't, yet, have a Federal dictatorship that virtually enslaves 1.4B people to keep working that off year after year while they pocket the profits.

    And really a great example of the poor and middle-income suffering during prosperity because of government that's more relevant to the USA is Brasil. There was an article in the New Yorker about how most people endure public healthcare, police and fire "protection," and public transportation that is really, really, really bad and corrupt while the rich can insulate themselves from the government slime.

  • meta||

    what no robocop comment yet!!!! I'm disappointed!!!! And I like !!!!!!!!

  • Alphonse||

    Nuke it from orbit.

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