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Old 09-16-2010, 01:57 PM
 
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Then why do so many suburbanites (and I'm generalizing) spend so little time actively helping to improve Detroit?
Because there aren't enough hours in the day. I can't go to work, (to pay my Detroit income tax), then come home and help my kids with their homework (so they can go to college and eventually get a job and help their own kids with their homework), keep my house in shape, make dinner so it can be ready when my wife gets home from work, help my other relatives who need things, and then magically find time to "actively help to improve Detroit." By paying taxes and raising my kids to be responable adults, and occasionally going to Detroit to spend my money and through supporting various Detroit churches, I AM actively helping Detroit, aren't I?

The more salient question might be: Why are there so few Detroiters actively helping Detroit?
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Old 09-16-2010, 04:24 PM
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...and...would the help be appreciated or would it be resented and destroyed like everything else in the city? Why should I go into Detroit to fix up a vacant house if the chances are great that it will be firebombed or that I would be harassed or mugged?
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Old 09-16-2010, 04:47 PM
 
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Because there aren't enough hours in the day. I can't go to work, (to pay my Detroit income tax), then come home and help my kids with their homework (so they can go to college and eventually get a job and help their own kids with their homework), keep my house in shape, make dinner so it can be ready when my wife gets home from work, help my other relatives who need things, and then magically find time to "actively help to improve Detroit." By paying taxes and raising my kids to be responable adults, and occasionally going to Detroit to spend my money and through supporting various Detroit churches, I AM actively helping Detroit, aren't I?

The more salient question might be: Why are there so few Detroiters actively helping Detroit?
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...and...would the help be appreciated or would it be resented and destroyed like everything else in the city? Why should I go into Detroit to fix up a vacant house if the chances are great that it will be firebombed or that I would be harassed or mugged?
So true. Many of those people came from Detroit after they watched the lack of care and concern for their city go downhill. I am sure they didn't just leave without a thought, they left without a hope.
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Old 09-16-2010, 06:46 PM
 
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Because there aren't enough hours in the day. I can't go to work, (to pay my Detroit income tax), then come home and help my kids with their homework (so they can go to college and eventually get a job and help their own kids with their homework), keep my house in shape, make dinner so it can be ready when my wife gets home from work, help my other relatives who need things, and then magically find time to "actively help to improve Detroit." By paying taxes and raising my kids to be responable adults, and occasionally going to Detroit to spend my money and through supporting various Detroit churches, I AM actively helping Detroit, aren't I?

The more salient question might be: Why are there so few Detroiters actively helping Detroit?
Yes, you are. I apologize.
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Old 09-17-2010, 03:59 PM
 
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Then why do so many suburbanites (and I'm generalizing) spend so little time actively helping to improve Detroit? If Metro Detroiters spent as much time engaged in building Detroit back up as they do complaining about it from the sidelines, it wouldn't take as long as people think. Everyone stands around Detroit like a car wreck and points fingers at it without helping the passengers or putting out the fire. Instead of trying to find someone or something to blame for Detroit's decline, go do something to help make it stop. *Now, I'll sit and wait for the opposite to happen right here on this board.*
Maybe the suburbanites regard the situation as being pretty hopeless? Maybe they think investing money in Detroit is like pouring money into a sewer? It's not as though the suburbanites elected Kwame and Monica Conyers. It isn't the suburbanites who raise their children in such a way that their children don't learn to read or do simple math. It isn't the suburbanites who elected the corrupt school board, etc.

Ultimately, the citizens of Detroit are going to have to fix those problems themselves, and it's in their power, collectively, to do so.
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