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Detroit's Decline

D G Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 10:16 AM
I worked in downtown Detroit for most of the 1970's and 1980's. I was there when the people mover and the Renaissance Center were built. The "Ren Cen" was the idea of Henry Ford II and it is an impressive complex with much more than the hotel Cal mentioned. Currently General Motors has its headquarters in the office buildings there. Each year I could see a steady decline in spite of the Ren Cen and a few other new buildings. Year after year, companies would either go out of business or move elsewhere. Eventually, my employer mover its offices away from Detroit, and eventually, I took another job in the South. The liberal style of government has been highly destructive to Detroit. As bad as it is the corruption was even worse.
D G Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 10:23 AM
Detroit now finally has a decent mayor, Dave Bing, but unfortuately, too much damage has been done. I see no hope for restoring prosperity to this once great city.

One final comment to share part of a recent visit to Detroit. We sometimes return to visit family north of the city in the suburbs. This requires driving from the south end of the city to the north end on the freeways.

None of the lights were lighted on the freeways. It was dangerous driving at night in traffic with no freeway lights. I asked a family member about that. I was told copper thieves steel electrical equipment such as transformers, and that is why the lights are not working. Furthermore, the thieves disable fire hydrants to steel brass fittings, and ....
D G Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 10:27 AM
...... about half of the city's fire hydrants do not function.

Obviously, the city is far worse today than when we moved away in the mid 1990's.

I could share many "war stories" regarding Detroit experiences., but it would require a book for that.
D G Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 10:36 AM
One more comment.

This is in the "lessons to be learned" category.

Other US cities are suffering similar problems also because of liberal government policies and corrupt officials. Allowing a big city liberal to be our president has put the USA on a similar path.

Reversing the trends will not be possible unless most of the population realizes what is happening and is willing to work very hard to save the country.

I'm not optimistic about the USA's future because the liberals have too much control. I feel badly for our kids and grandkids.
DWinch Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 11:02 AM
Crime has always been a good business for democrats, that won't change anytime soon.

Since the Motown sound went silent -- except on oldies stations -- and General Motors and Chrysler (but not Ford) required life support from Washington, there has been little to recommend Detroit, Mich., to visitors, much less its residents.

The recent conviction of Kwame Kilpatrick, the former mayor of Detroit, on multiple charges, including racketeering, fraud and extortion, adds another insult to the city's injury, increasing its misery.

During the mid-20th century, Detroit was a vibrant city with a population of almost 2 million. Today, it stands near ruin. The number of residents has now been estimated at just over 700,000....