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'Flee the state or stay' -- Detroit on NBC News

Sorry it took me so long to find this -- but a worthy piece from the Sunday night NBC News about Detroit, our entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to the state. At least, that is how I choose to look at it. Some might say it is a bit dramatic and depressing.

The anchor calls us "Ground Zero" for this recession. We have 25 percent unemployment in the city. 'Nuff said. But the Motor City is not about to give up, he notes.

Also, here is a link to a discussion about the piece on DetroitYes! That site is always got a good conversation going on.

Check it out for yourself.

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    The visuals associated with the commentary are absurd. In the Victorian era there were a great many beautiful homes and some still exist in varying states of care. Detroit was considered a marvel back then, beautful and we were busy casting that new thing.. the stove and America was moving away from cooking in the fire place. That was our first transformative time.

    Now we are in another era where people are of marginal utility. Like the Farms with the fancy equipment, we just don't need them any more.
    The robots will do the work.

    More and more things can also be done on the home computer so the uitlity is dropping rapicly.

    So who is going to be the employer of last resort?
    Well you know who. And the Repubicans are going to do their utmost to scream, spit, and throw dookie like spoiled babies.

    And there had better be some very smart people doing the planning. And that does not include demolishing everything and moving downtown out to Mt. Clemens as the great planner for DTE recommended.


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    After Katrina, an NPR commentator said Detroit is as bad off as the aftermath of that horrific storm. If I understand, the Katrina area is moving forward in recovery quiet well. Nevertheless, still no rallying cry from America in helping with the devastation of Detroit even with all that has been reported in various media. Moreover, the condition Detroit is in started way before G.M./Chrysler and there supplier firings.
    Where is the National Guard tearing down abandon houses without City expense, where is major job training and job creation – Green jobs aren't going to cut it. Where is Federal tax abetments for companies that move here and promise to employ Michiganians (get people working again, paying taxes, and lesson the crime)? With the City's population almost completely Black, where is the NAACP and other Black organizations to help the City to get on its feet? Where are other major charitable groups putting a full court press to bring back Detroit?
    I don't and I know there is no magic wand to fix the problems, but a little magic dust must be somewhere. The days of a thriving bustling town with the third highest population isn't coming back. But stabilization, people seeing some hope doesn't seem impossible.

  • 3

    Nicely put.

    So if the farm population is down to less than 2% as opposed to the high 60% that it was for centuries. And if manufacturing employees are seeing the samecurve, it won't be long before any city based in manufacturing will experience the same thing.

    50% job reduction in 4 years at Ford?!

    What is going to happen in the next 4 years?

    Probably more of the same.

    So when Henry finally got to building the Model T he needed lots of employees and guess what? They could earn enough to buy one too.

    That equation is changing now. And with the neverending attacks upon the unions it may get even worse.


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