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America’s Suicidal Cities: Detroit refuses to take its medicine.
National Review ^ | January 31, 2013 | John Fund

Posted on 01/31/2013 10:45:55 AM PST by EveningStar

Some major American cities are dying, and the worst part is that these grievously ill patients often are refusing to take even the mildest medicine that would make things better.

Take Detroit, a city that has become a synonym for urban failure. The murder rate of one per 1,719 people last year was more than eleven times the rate in New York City. One contributing factor may be that two-thirds of Detroit’s streetlights are broken.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: detroit; johnfund; urbandecay

1 posted on 01/31/2013 10:46:00 AM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

Who in the world would live in Detroit or Chicago? Bringing children up in war zones such as these is child abuse.


2 posted on 01/31/2013 10:48:27 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Somebody isn't paying attention. Detroit is increasingly under control of the GOP state government. In fact, I also dispute the murder rate. Detroit leads the nation in justifiable homicide which is usually counted as a murder but is most often considered defensive.

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3 posted on 01/31/2013 10:50:16 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: EveningStar

I do feel sorry for Dave Bing, who seems intelligent and honest and understands the problems and the direction in which a solution would lie. But the labor unions’ grip on the levers of power make those solutions impossible to get through the city council.


4 posted on 01/31/2013 10:51:53 AM PST by babble-on
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To: EveningStar
Houses are inexpensive in Detroit. Why wouldn't someone want to move there? The Federal Reserve thinks printing money to make houses affordable should work. If that's true, why are these houses still vacant?


5 posted on 01/31/2013 10:52:16 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Of the government, by the government, and for the government.)
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To: EveningStar
A street scene:


6 posted on 01/31/2013 10:53:44 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Of the government, by the government, and for the government.)
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To: EveningStar

Put yourself in a black democratic voter’s shoe, they see the white libs just cleaning up at the trough, they just want their share.


7 posted on 01/31/2013 10:53:55 AM PST by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: babble-on

He’s definitely a better democrat than most.


8 posted on 01/31/2013 10:59:16 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: EveningStar

Eat your peas....


9 posted on 01/31/2013 10:59:59 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Uncle Miltie

I’d love to have a company that went in and salvaged building materials from houses like these....look at all the brick...


10 posted on 01/31/2013 11:02:17 AM PST by cherry
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To: Uncle Miltie

Conyers has a house in Detroit that would fit right in.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=R_t6x3h8vLI


11 posted on 01/31/2013 11:02:53 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Uncle Miltie
A street scene:

I don't see anything. Is it me, or are others having the same problem?

12 posted on 01/31/2013 11:04:18 AM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: cripplecreek

Once the city has sufficiently been drained of the mosquito population then those former war zones will be redeveloped into productive neighborhoods again, where the lot sizes are 100’ wide by 130’ deep just like suburbia. The public schools will be bankrupt and empty, but there will be new private schools in their place.

IFF the republicans can actually succeed in dislodging the democRATS.


13 posted on 01/31/2013 11:04:18 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Obama has turned America into an aristocracy of the unaccomplished.)
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To: cripplecreek
the whole problem is jobs.....when you lose millions of blue collar jobs...jobs that sustained our parents....you lose good schools, good churchs, parks, etc....

it all starts with a good family with mommy able to stay home and be a good mom because daddy makes enough money to do so...

good families want good churches....good schools...nice parks...clean streets...

14 posted on 01/31/2013 11:05:31 AM PST by cherry
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To: Ouderkirk

Business is buying up the riverfront and the new international bridge will ease the bottleneck. (Its the second busiest freight crossing on the continent)

Good things are starting to happen in Detroit but they’re starting in a central location and will grow from there.

The big difference is that the city doesn’t get a blank check from the republicans. The republicans are doing what’s right for the state and the city will benefit if they want to.


15 posted on 01/31/2013 11:12:12 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: babble-on
But the labor unions’ grip on the levers of power make those solutions impossible to get through the city council.

I suspect another barrier to progress is the failure of the state -- or anybody else -- to offer enough, ah, hmmmm, ummmmm, ah "incentives" to the council members for their assent.

16 posted on 01/31/2013 11:12:24 AM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: cherry

The RTW law will help with the jobs situation.


17 posted on 01/31/2013 11:13:38 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: EveningStar
From the article:

"This month, it was discovered that Barrett Jones, a full-time consultant for the Detroit Water and Sewage facility earning $139,000 a year, had a second full-time job at $135,000 a year as public-safety administrator for the city of Flint, which is 70 miles away. He has resigned from his Flint job but still works for the city of Detroit."

18 posted on 01/31/2013 11:14:08 AM PST by Scoutmaster (I've fixed my problem with procrastination; just wait and see.)
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“I’ve put forward a series of proposals that will foster economic growth from the bottom up.”


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19 posted on 01/31/2013 11:15:14 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: EveningStar

Detroit has basically just become a conduit for money to the criminal class.


20 posted on 01/31/2013 11:16:51 AM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Being a native Detroiter, (Denby Class of 1967), I must shed a tear for my hometown. When I was growing up, Belle Isle was a jewel of the city. It had a beautful yacht club, small zoo, a botantical garden, a matitime museum, an model yacht pond, pony riding, and a casino building that had a cafeteria that served a wonderful Sunday brunch. I spent many memorable Sunday afternoons with my family picnicing and sailing my model boats in the pond.

THe city was destroyed by complete Democratic control and BLACK race baiters who kept saying that the white and middle class blacks who fled the crime and high taxes for a better life North of 8 mile Road were the cause for the city’s demise. The truth is the poor blacks voted in a bloc for criminals the likes of Coleman Young and Kwame Kilpatrick (not an Irish drop of blood in him, by the way)

Snyder handed them a lifeline and they refused to take it. LET THE MF’s DROWN!

All that is a memory now.


21 posted on 01/31/2013 11:17:54 AM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: wetgundog

i swear the urban black motto is “Being Black means never having to take the blame for your own failures.”


22 posted on 01/31/2013 11:21:35 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: cherry

No, it wouldn’t pay to take the bricks because you’d have to be a union shop to work there and pay the prevailing union wage even if you used minimum wage employees. By the time you paid off the local unions, the bricks would cost more than steak!


23 posted on 01/31/2013 11:28:05 AM PST by Dracomeister (The older I get the less I care about what other people think.)
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To: cherry

You are SOOO right. Four of those houes are just drop dead beautiful. I would give my right arm to move in and fix up. Course, I’d ending up giving my right arm, left arm, and brain after some thug put a cap in me. Oh well.


24 posted on 01/31/2013 11:29:51 AM PST by Doctor 2Brains
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To: Secret Agent Man

Floats all the way to the top. Obama uses that rule all the time.


25 posted on 01/31/2013 11:35:11 AM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: EveningStar

I love the media as it is totally devoted to the fallacy of non causa pro causa; i.e. mere economics. Everyone knows the cause but are unable to publically state it.


26 posted on 01/31/2013 11:42:19 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: EveningStar

It’s only safe to drive in Detroit now, if you’re driving a fully combat loaded M-1A1 Abrams tank.


27 posted on 01/31/2013 11:43:52 AM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: cherry

“good families want good churches....good schools...nice parks...clean streets...”

And they will gladly pay through the nose for it. That’s suburbia. And they are paying the police to run the riff-raff from Detroit out of their neighborhoods. By and large, the suburbanites tolerate the suburban police state because they see it as a necessary evil.

Of course, this is not 0bama’s vision for America, because these suburbanites vote Republican. 0bama’s “fundamental transformation” of America is to drive these people out of the affluent suburbs and into the hell-holes of the inner cities, where they can be good dependent little drones who will reliably vote democrat. I have just described 0bama’s idea of “middle class.”

All of his statements and policies are consistent with this program.


28 posted on 01/31/2013 11:44:09 AM PST by henkster ("The people who count the votes decide everything." -Joseph Stalin)
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To: txrefugee
Who in the world would live in Detroit or Chicago?

There's lots of elderly retirees living there who I'm sure would like to. Unfortunately their houses are worthless and can't be sold, and they're on fixed incomes and can't afford to buy a home in the nearby communities....

29 posted on 01/31/2013 12:07:46 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: cherry

The elites should fill those houses with the elites’ illegal alien slave workers.


30 posted on 01/31/2013 12:13:28 PM PST by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: EveningStar

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31 posted on 02/01/2013 10:24:25 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Bozo man can :-)
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To: EveningStar
If TV's Hardcore Pawn is any indication of Detroit's population, then it's truly doomed.

I'm waiting or someone to get shot in the parking lot.

32 posted on 02/01/2013 10:37:00 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum
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To: kosciusko51

34 posted on 02/01/2013 10:40:49 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Post 6 had a title, but no picture, at least on my screen, but looking at the html for the page there should be one. Do you see a picture on Post 6?


35 posted on 02/01/2013 10:52:13 AM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: kosciusko51
Let's try it again...

If that doesn't make it appear, look at just the picure.:

Mash Here. It's not purty.

36 posted on 02/01/2013 11:05:17 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: kosciusko51; EveningStar; Cyber Liberty

“Post 6 had a title, but no picture, at least on my screen, but looking at the html for the page there should be one. Do you see a picture on Post 6?”

I don’t see it on the page either. You can see it here: http://www.amren.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/DetroitStreet.jpg


37 posted on 02/01/2013 11:05:28 AM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("The Lord has removed His judgments against you" - Zep. 3:15)
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To: Cyber Liberty; JustSayNoToNannies

Thanks!


38 posted on 02/01/2013 11:09:03 AM PST by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Access Denied!


39 posted on 02/01/2013 11:10:41 AM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: kosciusko51

If you can see the picture at post #6 now, after having viewed it separately by clicking one of our links, that’s a symptom of a website that doesn’t allow hot-linking of pictures to an external website like FR. You can see it now because it’s in your browser cache.


40 posted on 02/01/2013 11:13:28 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: WashingtonSource

Probably too many attempts to view it because it’s hot-linked. Just another step taken by a website to cut down on bandwidth usage.


41 posted on 02/01/2013 11:15:05 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: WashingtonSource; cripplecreek

It’s a picture of what looks like a typical residential street, except it’s covered in garbage and old tires. The street is crumbling from years of neglect, the vegetation is way overgrown. As the original poster of the picture says, a pretty typical picture of Detroit.

Cripplecreek says it’s getting better, and I believe him. It *has* to be. I haven’t seen it in many a year.


42 posted on 02/01/2013 11:19:16 AM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: WashingtonSource

I get a broken link.


43 posted on 02/01/2013 11:54:58 AM PST by Focault's Pendulum
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