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Monday, March 18, 2013

America's Detroit City Is the Canary In the Coal Mine for USA's Future

by Dave Hodges -

Who Was I?
Who am I? In my heyday, I was the fourth largest city in the country? Fifty years ago, I had the highest per capita income in the country. Unemployment used to be rare, now unemployment is rampant. My infrastructure is rotting and not being replaced. Cross a bridge on a public road at your own risk and the chances are one in two that you will not be able to read the sign warning you that the bridge has indeed collapsed due to neglect.
Who am I? Am I speaking about Calcutta, Bangkok, Johannesburg, Mexico City, a remote province in China or some barren stretch of land in Yemen? No, I am talking about Detroit, Michigan.

Fall From Grace

Detroit is the proverbial canary in the coal mine. It is a glimpse of America’s future if we let Agenda 21 fully take over our cities. It is a portend of things to come if we ever accept Cap and Trade legislation.
At the height of Detroit’s success as a city. the city was a representation of the American middle class dominance. It was greatest manufacturing city ever seen on the planet. Detroit made cars that were the envy of the planet. Today, Detroit is mocked and ridiculed. If you want to know what the future of America is going to be like, just look at the city of Detroit. Once upon a time it was a symbol of everything that America was doing right, but today it has been transformed into a miniature third world country which rivals any hell-hole on the planet.
Almost 30% of Detroit’s 140 square miles are either vacant or deserted. Detroit used to be the fourth-largest city in the US, with a population of nearly 2 million people. Today, Detroit has less than 700,000 residents.  There are more than 33,500 vacant houses and over 90,000 vacant lots in Detroit. The city government is razing entire city blocks of business buildings and residential homes. If you are the only one left on your block, you are forced to move and if you are lucky you will receive $10,000 for your home.
The median price of a home in Detroit is only $9,000! In some areas in Detroit, you can buy a house for just $100. There are approximately 85,000 streetlights in Detroit, but copper thieves have stripped so much wiring out  that many of the lights are not working. The Mayor of Detroit has announced that he will reduce the number of streetlights to almost half the existing total down to 46,000.
Today, sixty percent of Detroit’s children live in poverty, when less than 45 years ago, Detroit boasted the highest per capita income in the United States. Today, Detroit does not have one chain supermarket left in the  city.
In 2009, more than 30% of Detroit school children did not graduate from high school. Forty seven percent of Detroit’s residents are functionally illiterate. Detroit has closed 16 schools. And the ones who do manage to graduate, are barely better off than the ones who do.
It has one of the highest murder rates in its country. Its infrastructure has been gutted. Real unemployment may be as high 20% in some parts of the city.  This is a real bad city to not be able to find a cop and with the new cutbacks, it is really hard to find a cop because most police stations in Detroit now only open to the public for 8 hours per day. So, if you have to defend yourself, you better be prepared to get through the night on your own. You can call the police on your Obama phone, however, you better only call between 8am and 5pm. Just how dangerous is it? Justifiable homicide in Detroit rose by an amazing 79% during 2011. - Read more -

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