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The (Detroit) Kids are Alright

Since I'm all about reading and sharing other people's stuff today...This is a must. Strong, well-reported and well-written story out of Metro Parent about raising a family in Detroit. Not the suburbs. Not "near" Detroit. Inside, down and gritty. I'm a new fan of writer Kim Kovelle. Bravo!

Read the whole thing -- it is one of the finest pieces the magazine has ever done. Even Mayor Bing participated! That's a coup right there. Here is a highlight:

People are precisely what drew Tamara Robinson to North Rosedale Park. When she first drove through in 1997, neighbors were out walking dogs, pushing strollers and chatting. And there were kids everywhere.  "I fell in love with it. I said, 'That's it,'" Robinson recalls. "It was just the closeness. It was such a family-oriented community." And the elegant homes, circa the 1930s and '40s, nestled in tree-lined streets. "We wanted plaster," as she puts it, "not drywall." Her home is among Detroit's historic districts, which include famous names like Indian Village, Boston-Edison and Sherwood Forest. They're crucial to Detroit's future, Mayor Bing notes. "We can't turn our backs on the historic stable neighborhoods," he says. "They need help also."

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  • 1

    Love the story; it's your grammar that is problematic. As a former English teacher used to say, "alright is never all right."

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    A nice article that details many of the challenges of raising a family in Detroit. There's other, more boring stuff, but arguably just as important. The mayor and others should pay attention to this stuff. The grand plan to relocate residents, while a good idea in the long run, is politically volatile, expensive and terribly difficult to implement. Middle class families with children will need some help from the city and school district to make living in the city more affordable. The city's millage is about 20 mills higher than the county average. It needs to be cut. If you tax housing, you will get less of it. If you work and live in the city, you pay a 2% income tax. Homeowners insurance needs to come down. Auto insurance needs to come down. The school system needs to be fixed so that parents don't have to pay out of pocket for private schools. For several generations, middle class families have found life in the city unaffordable and have just picked up and left, voting with their feet. Why pay more and get less?

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