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Detroit's Decline

Thomas4512 Wrote: Mar 14, 2013 12:18 PM
Everyone wants to blame the public employee unions in Detroit for causing the problem, but they are some of the lowest paid employees in the country. They ar not the ones who looted the treasury there. The Fire Department has not had a raiswe in 12 years and during their last layoff, those that were kept on had to take a 10% cut in pay. When the 67' riots occurred, whitey was blamed. Though for 6 months before the riots different incendiary devices were tested on vacant structures, the blame was placed on the Police raid of a blind pig as being the cause. Because whitey was blamed it was time to get even. Black favouritism was abundant, the law no longer applied.

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....