25 Facts About the Fall of Detroit

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Courtesy of ZeroHedge.com, here are 25 remarkable facts about Detroit:

1) At this point, the city of Detroit owes money to more than 100,000 creditors.

2) Detroit is facing $20 billion in debt and unfunded liabilities.  That breaks down to more than $25,000 per resident.

3) Back in 1960, the city of Detroit actually had the highest per-capita income in the entire nation.

4) In 1950, there were about 296,000 manufacturing jobs in Detroit.  Today, there are less than 27,000.

5) Between December 2000 and December 2010, 48 percent of the manufacturing jobs in the state of Michigan were lost.

6) There are lots of houses available for sale in Detroit right now for $500 or less.

7) At this point, there are approximately 78,000 abandoned homes in the city.

8) About one-third of Detroit’s 140 square miles is either vacant or derelict.

9) An astounding 47 percent of the residents of the city of Detroit are functionally illiterate.

10) Less than half of the residents of Detroit over the age of 16 are working at this point.

11) If you can believe it, 60 percent of all children in the city of Detroit are living in poverty.

12) Detroit was once the fourth-largest city in the United States, but over the past 60 years the population of Detroit has fallen by 63 percent.

13) The city of Detroit is now very heavily dependent on the tax revenue it pulls in from the casinos in the city.  Right now, Detroit is bringing in about 11 million dollars a month in tax revenue from the casinos.

14) There are 70 “Superfund” hazardous waste sites in Detroit.

15) 40 percent of the street lights do not work.

16) Only about a third of the ambulances are running.

17) Some ambulances in the city of Detroit have been used for so long that they have more than 250,000 mileson them.

18) Two-thirds of the parks in the city of Detroit have been permanently closed down since 2008.

19) The size of the police force in Detroit has been cut by about 40 percent over the past decade.

20) When you call the police in Detroit, it takes them an average of 58 minutes to respond.

21) Due to budget cutbacks, most police stations in Detroit are now closed to the public for 16 hours a day.

22) The violent crime rate in Detroit is five times higher than the national average.

23) The murder rate in Detroit is 11 times higher than it is in New York City.

24) Today, police solve less than 10 percent of the crimes that are committed in Detroit.

25) Crime has gotten so bad in Detroit that even the police are telling people to “enter Detroit at your own risk“.

12 COMMENTS

  1. Profl. Richard D. Wolfe, identified by the NYT Magazine as “America’s most prominent Marxist economist,” has a different explanation in “Detroit’s decline is a distinctively capitalist failure” found at guardian.co.uk, for Tuesday 23 July 2013.

  2. The liberals are already blaming the conservatives by calling Detroit a “Conservative Utopia.” Well, a conservative utopia in my opinion is a place that could be salvaged by conservative principles. I think I could partially agree with their assessment, but only if we get our chance.

  3. I knew Detroit was bad but not this bad. What an awful (and embarrassing) human tragedy. This one was clearly caused by human action/inaction and not some natural disaster. One day the voting public will value good management; I just hope the whole country doesn’t have to look like Detroit before we all “get it” and totally reject the fallacy of feel-good Keynesian economics.

  4. Just remember as you read this that the year 2000 is when clinton pushed nafta thru – and there goes our jobs! This is the 1st city to collapse and we see how it looks. NWO is after all of us to look like this!

  5. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You obviously know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your site when you could be giving us something informative to read?

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