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12-04-2012, 09:57 PM
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Originally Posted by scotchex View Post
The city of Detroit is a disaster zone and the poster child for urban blight, decay and lawlessness. Luckily the last of my family finally escaped. It's the suburbs that are keeping the Detroit metro afloat. "Suburbs good, cities bad" is actually true in the case of Detroit.

It's all very sad. And this is about the 20th urban renewal of Detroit I've read about. Hard to imagine it'll be more effective than the 19 previous urban renewals.

Population in the city recently fell below 700k -- it lost 25% in the just the past decade. It was 1.5M in 1970, 1.2M in 1980, 1M in 1990, 950k in 2000. And the population that is left is the poorest, most illiterate, most criminal of any large city in America. It's incredibly sad what's happened to Detroit.

The city refused to protect it's hard-working, productive, tax-paying, non-criminal, educated populace. Detroit let rampant criminality and lawlessness drive out over half it's residents in a few decades.
I've read lots of things about Detroit (It's a city that I find interesting because of all the chaos and issues. Very intriguing place to learn about.), but one thing I learned yesterday that was pretty nuts is that there are no chain grocery stores in the city itself. All the Krogers, Meijers, Walmarts, Targets or whatever else are completely in the suburbs because they don't want to deal with the dangers of Detroit. It's mindblowing. That doesn't just happen in any city.

I've seen pictures of how deserted downtown Detroit is (anytime of day), and it takes 'dead zone' to another level.

I've never been anywhere near Detroit, but I wish the best for that city.


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