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Bankrupt, Decaying and Nearly Dead: 24 Facts About The City of Detroit That Will Shock You

Bankrupt, Decaying and Nearly Dead: 24 Facts About The City of Detroit That Will Shock You

By Michael
February 3rd, 2013

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 rotting, decaying, post-apocalyptic hellhole. Detroit was once the fourth-largest city in the United States, and in 1960 Detroit had the highest per-capita income in the entire nation. It was the greatest manufacturing city the world had ever seen, and the rest of the globe looked at Detroit with a sense of awe and wonder. But now the city of Detroit has become a bad joke to the rest of the world. Unemployment is rampant, 60 percent of the children are living in poverty and the city government is on the verge of bankruptcy. They say that Detroit is just a matter of "weeks or months" away from running out of cash, and when Detroit does declare bankruptcy it will be the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of the United States. But don't look down on Detroit, because the truth is that Detroit is really a metaphor for what is happening to America as a whole. In the United States today, our manufacturing infrastructure has been gutted, poverty is absolutely exploding and we are rapidly approaching national bankruptcy. Detroit may have gotten there first, but the rest of the country will follow soon enough.

Back during the boom years, Detroit was known for making great cars. Today, it is known for scenes of desolation and decay. It is full of vandalized homes, abandoned schools and empty factories. The following description of what Detroit looks like at this point is from an article by Barry Yeoman...

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Whole city could serve as school for Drone Pilots!

AS I previously posted:


This sort of fun, productive work will make you a man while bootstrapping on those thousands of hours your parents said were "wasted" playing video games! And imagine how the opposite sex will swoon and your fellow countrymen will look at you with respect and adulation! Be the first on your block licensed to legally surveill and kill fellow Americans without even consulting a judge!

The only thing standing in the way of Sky Pilot becoming the #1 US based job of the 21st century is manufacturing enough drones and training enough "patriots" to fly them. Detroit could be the answer! The drones might be built there. Certainly the abandoned neighborhoods provide an unparalleled opportunity to get hands on training blowing up real buildings and, maybe, taking out a few American "bad guys" at the same time!

Bill of Rights /Amendment X: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Do you need a politician or judge to "interpret" those 28

Just a guess

DETROIT will win the Superbowl within the next three years :P

Seems like the trend for these entertainers.


Grew up in Redford, lived in various other suburbs

Moved out of state for two years, came back two months ago and ended up having to bury a friend from high school due to the violence of Detroit. My own father was shot dead in Detroit in '83. Flip the news on in any given week and there's another shooting outside of a school that the national media doesn't take and run with, probably because black-on-black violence makes for bad TV. Kilpatrick's still on trial for corruption, wasted the city's much-needed money by firing whistleblowers, probably killed a stripper because his wife wanted her dead, took kickback after kickback running his pay-to-play schemes since before he even took the office. Under-reporting murders to the FBI to make the city look better. Devil's Night fires are down in recent years because there's barely anything left to burn. Block after block after block of vacant houses. Run-down industrial complexes everywhere, doing nothing but rusting. An arguably busy, safe downtown surrounded by a miles-wide borderzone straight out of Mad Max with no police or ambulances, no help at all. The number of safe neighborhoods can be counted on one hand. The police stations themselves are targets. No-snitch mentality keeping victims and witnesses silent. An "us vs. them" relic from Coleman Young's days branding anyone who can succeed at pulling themselves out of that cesspit as "uncle Toms", so they don't put their money back into the city (who can blame them?).

I assure you, there is not a single thing you can tell me about Detroit that will shock me, save for maybe "no one died today".

I lived in a Detroit suburb

I lived in a Detroit suburb for 5 years (left at the end of 2000) when my ex-husband's work sent us there. He worked for the DEA and it was extremely dangerous then even. But there are a lot of surrounding towns and people who still lived in the area at that time. They just didn't want to be in the city of Detroit. My mother lived in a southern state 10 hrs away and when I'd leave to come back to Detroit, I always told her, "Mom, I have to leave by "so and so time" because I don't want to be driving through downtown Detroit area late at night." Gangs were known to follow drivers to shoot them for "initiations". It wasn't uncommon to hear close gunshot and you just learned how to hit the floor immediately because the shots were usually at random houses. On Devil's Night ("Halloween Eve"), they'd burn their own houses down. It was crazy. They were trying to call Devil's Night "Angel's Night" in hopes people would stop burning down their own city. Most people seemed to be stressed out all the time and it's no wonder. What really amazed me were the neighborhoods on Lake St. Clair. You'd see these massive mansions the car industry moguls built in the heyday of Detroit and a few blocks away (sometimes only a couple), you'd find dilapidated slums with unpaved streets. A family member came to visit me and wanted to go downtown Detroit to see a hockey game and hang out at a restaurant or something. She couldn't understand why I kept telling her don't do that. Just park close to the arena, go to the game, and get out. She lived in a big city out west that was safe and she couldn't believe how bad it was. I am not surprised it has gone down so quickly. Who wants to live in a place that puts their life and their family's lives at risk?

I had read not too long ago

I had read not too long ago that there was a proposal to bulldoze many of the houses in areas just too far gone to revive. If they are selling those houses for near nothing, it might be a better idea clear out those areas again for pasture or farmland. Would be better than what is happening to those areas.

I just watched a video on youtube about houses being sold

for $1 in Detroit -- horribly sad, most of the homes are boarded up or burned out and occasionally they would pass an occupied home.

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix

Great Article....

Things are moving fast.... but some good news every now and again.

Michael Moore who has a lot of pull with morons tells the truth on school shootings.


Protect your assets and profit from the greatest wealth transfer in history.

It may be rotting, but

It may be rotting, but imagine those empty factories. If there is one place in America where you could start a manufacturing business for peanuts...that would be it....too bad its too dangerous to do so.

No way, it would cost way too much to rehabilitate

It is utterly in disrepair and needs to be leveled. I reluctantly drive through theses areas often and it's literally in ruin.

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

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The free-market returns with a vengeance when not used initially

Reality is a female dog.



Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.
-Patrick Henry

Staying Alive amongst the Jive Talking


Lord help the city of Detroit in Jesus' name.

Maybe if all of the do gooders wanting to reach out to every other place in the world would take a look at the need in their own backyard, much could be done.

Too busy jive talking


I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war. Ps 120:7
Better to be divided by truth than united in error.
The local church(not a building -a people) is the missing link. The time to build is now.

Could throw in Flint as well.

Could throw in Flint as well. They seem to be interconnected in decay.

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.
-Patrick Henry

deacon's picture

would the CAFR1

tell a different story?
lets look,shall we
http://cafr1.com/ scroll down to the red button
here is the state of michigan

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

What has Detroit got that the Banksters want?

I'd put money on it that Detroit has been allowed to rot, and that soon,
it will be bought up for a song, and "cleaned" out.
I figure that this is the start of all the asset grabbing and land theft that happens when a city goes Bankrupt.

Nah...it's simply been pillaged to the max

Most of the riverfront is contaminated like Zug Island. The only natural resource known are large salt deposits that have been being mined under the city for decades.

Here's a cool site



Perhaps they are the ones behind he zombie making "bath salts"...lol

For Freedom!
The World is my country, all mankind is my brethren, to do good is my religion.

deacon's picture

our last governor

tried to go around a bridge builder
and have the fed gov and canada pay for it all
with canada keeping the tolls until it was paid off
the governor we have now succeeded in getting this done
so this means canada owns american soil and the bridge
probably not the answer you were looking for
but it might be part of it

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

Detroit is crap .com used to

Detroit is crap .com used to be an enlightening website.
Then some censors canned it or revoked the domain.

Southern Agrarian

sounds like a hipsters


jrd3820's picture


Sad story.

There was talk for a while about turning some of the warehouses into a zombie apocalypse theme park, but I don't think that ever really gained momentum.

Tear it all down, start over.

the article asks for ideas of what to do

I'd suggest demolish all abandoned buildings and their surrounding cement and cultivate the land.
It might sound silly to most, but it seems more productive than a bandaid.

tasmlab's picture

There's no money

That's part of the dismalness of Detroit. In other cities (like in Boston near where I live now) if a building isn't being used there's a line of people willing to knock it over and put something new there.

In Detroit, there's no resources to even raze the old factories and no demand for the real estate. They just rot.

If they were to follow your plan, which I think sounds fine in theory, I think it would require a federal intervention of the Obama-job-creation-shovel-ready-stimulus type.

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jrd3820's picture

not silly

I think that's probably the best and maybe most realistic answer.