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These photograps by Time Magazine chronicle very well what the Democrats have done to Detroit over the last 50 years! They are shocking and sad at the same time.
Posted by AmericanIdle
Those are great photographs but they only show a picture and do not tell the story of Detroit's decline. Perhaps a better explanation could be found by watching the independent movie "Detropia". I saw that film at a film festival a year ago. It might be playing in a movie theatre that specializes in independent and foreign films or available on DVD at a local library.
It is easy for anyone who has not lived in or visited Detroit or lived in any similar older industrial city to blame the deterioration on politics. But that is only part of the problem. The problems of Detroit are similar to other older industrial cities and magnified because Detroit is larger and their economy is too dependent on the auto industry.
What has plagued most older cities like Detroit has been the exodus from the city of the white middle class, then later of the black middle class. This leaves the central city blacker and poorer with less money available for any city services. it is a viscious circle as the suburbs prosper and the central city suffers.
In 1980, Cleveland Ohio was headed the same direction as Detroit. But the city political and business leadership came together in a bi partisan way to make the city better. Instead of allowing the grand old theatres to deteriorate and eventually be torn down, the people of Cleveland led by a group of dedicated people led an effort to restore them to their former glory. That effort has made Cleveland's Playhouse Square the nation's largest theatre district outside of New York with four major theatres and another four smaller stages.
The old railroad terminal area was vacant and deteriorating rapidly in the 1980s when the city and private business came together and redeveloped that into a gleaming new downtown shopping and destination center that opened in 1990. Then in 1994 a new ball park and arena was opened and connected by an underground walkway to that center. Last year, an abandoned department store (that was featured in the classic movie 'A Christmas Story") was turned into a new casino, keeping most of the old windows and fittings from the old store.
In 2001 the old steel mill closed down for good. I once worked at that steel mil back in the summer of 1968 when I was a college student. The old steel mill was torn down a few years later and the site is now a retail shopping center, one of the first in the inner city. Another long abandoned industrial site on the city's east side was redeveloped and is not the site of a new juvenile justice center replacing an overcrowded delapidated building that is scheduled to be torn down within the next year to be replaced with another new structure.
I find it rather ironic that when they decided to film the movie 'Kill the Irishman", a movie based on the life of Cleveland gangster Danny Green in the 1960s and 1970s, they chose to film the movie in Detroit rather than in Cleveland where the action took place. The movie makers went to Detroit because Cleveland in the 2010s hardly resembles the city from the 1970s. Even some of the old neighborhoods where Danny Green hung out have been gentrified. If you haven't seen that movie, go get the DVD at a local library or movie house and see it. Also on the DVD is a documentary about the real life Danny Green with interviews with his ex wife and daughter. He was a colorful character that no Hollywood screen writer could ever dream up.