Motor City Shakedown
Submitted By Todd on December 21st at 11:43am
one of those places.
"For the first time, I'm seeing guys make a conscious decision they'll be better off in prison than in the community, homeless and hungry," said Joseph Williams of New Creations Community Outreach, which assists ex-offenders.No jobs, no education, no diversity, no celebrations.
The jobless rate has climbed past 21 percent, the embattled school district just fired its superintendent, tens of thousands of homes and stores are abandoned, the ex-mayor is in jail for a text-messaging sex scandal.Now, their partnership with unions has reached it's logical conclusion. They're close to having completed the decimation of the city's economic engine, the auto industry.
And overarching these woes is the near-collapse of the US auto industry, Detroit's vital source of jobs and status for more than a century. "We're the Motor City," said Scott Alan Davis, who oversees community development projects in one of the worst-hit neighborhoods. "When the basis for that name collapses, that's started to scare people."The best thing that happened to Detroit this year is seeing its hip-hop Democratic mayor carted off to jail.
About 83 percent of the current population is African-American. Detroit's crime, poverty, unemployment, and school dropout rates are among the worst of any major US city. Car and home insurance rates are high. Chain grocery stores are absent, forcing many Detroiters to rely on high-priced corner stores.It may be the best alternative would be to knock it down.
About 44,000 of the 67,000 homes that have gone into foreclosure since 2005 remain empty, and it costs about $10,000 to demolish each vacant house, according to city planning officials.Cart the whole thing off to a landfill, along with the philosophies that brought the city to its knees.