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Tragedy of Detroit Shows 'Big Unit America' Is out of Gas

bigbill10 Wrote: Jun 03, 2013 1:42 PM
Detroit is only 300 driving miles from Chicago, but it's light years behind its sister city in terms of intelligent and creative planning and operations. Chicago came back after the stockyards moved out, it came back from the Great Fire. Perhaps we should "resettle" Detroit like it was done in the old days. Declare all of the lots owned by the city as open land, let settlers move in and create their own government and turn the area back to farmland. It couldn't be worse that the current situation and might well be better.
Joseph64 Wrote: Jun 03, 2013 2:01 PM
It won't work. Chicago tried a similar experiment when they condemned and demolished all of their public housing projects and tried integrating the former housing project residents into the community. They built shared housing on the land, some of which would be dedicated to the poor and the rest would be sold at market rates to those willing to take a chance on living side by side with the poor and guess what? it wasn't long before crime and drugs took over those neighborhoods just like they took over the projects and those who invested their money buying homes in the area got screwed because they can't sell and move for even a fraction of what they paid.
Joseph64 Wrote: Jun 03, 2013 2:07 PM
So if you can't keep the poor separate from the rest of society, and you can't integrate them into society, what choice does that leave?
Bill1895 Wrote: Jun 03, 2013 2:25 PM
Maybe Christian virtures on behalf of the poor, rich and everyone in between would bring improve everyone's quality of life?
The poor would be respected and given a helping hand but act responsibily and be self sufficient?