Your post made me curious about demographics, so I visited City-Data. Some interesting facts:
25% drop in Population from 2000-2010!
Median income less than 2/3 of Michigan average.
Whites make up 8% of the population.
Very interesting to me - home sales had a brief jump between the 1st and 2nd quarter of 2009....stimulus money?
In 2011, in all of Detroit, there were 18 single family buiilding permits issued.
The website uses an index to measure crime - the US has a score of 319....Detroit’s is more than triple that at over 1,000.
They come close to averaging one murder a day.
Now this is interesting - they have 3.87 officers per 1,000 people, double the Michigan average of 1.8.
Voted 75% for Obama.
My post was sarcastic and probably seemed quasi racist. My point was that these areas were once shining jewels of civilization. Then the masses took over, led by community agitator types like Barack Obama. Blacks in these instances are only the vessel used by the agitators to affect change. It is easy to mobilize people by shouting racism. Nevertheless, these localities have gone downhill. And, no, Chicago is not Detroit. But it isn’t paradise either.
Goto the right areas, there’s areas around fox theatre, MGM grand, Leland hotel, harpos.. They’re actually decent areas.