December 16, 2014

Detroit today UPDATED

 Detroit Aerial Scrubland

Aerial photos show how downtown Detroit has been turned into a tiny urban island, surrounded by abandoned housing blocks

The photos taken by pilot and aerial photographer Alex MacLean, and first published in the New York Times, show the empty parking lots in the city bordering rows where only one or two houses are left.
Following the recession in 2008, the metropolitan area was covered in rubble left from demolished homes as the the foundations in between the remaining properties.
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Detroit, once the industrial capital of the nation, was voted the most dangerous city in the country in 2012, for the fourth year in a row.
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The city ravaged by dwindling blue-collar jobs, the decline of the auto industry and rising unemployment.  It has lost more than 200,000 residents in the last decade - and 1.3million since the 1950s - as citizens have fled the blighted city for better-off suburbs with lower crime and better education.
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It's now a tiny urban island surrounded by empty lots.

It's also been governed by Democrats for the past 51 years.  Arnold Ahlert describes How the Democrats Destroyed Detroit.

In March 2013, the Governor appointed an emergency manager for Detroit, but it was not enough to forestall bankruptcy which Detroit declared in July, 2013.  In November of this year, Federal Judge Rhodes approved the city's bankruptcy plan.  On December 11, all finances were handed back to the city.

UPDATE: Dozens Of Suspected Killers, Rapists Released In Detroit Due To Warrant Backlog

Posted by Jill Fallon at December 16, 2014 10:08 AM | Permalink