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Old 08-18-2008, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Princeton, New Jersey
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We've seen that white flight happened in a lot of US Cities, and it had its effects. Why were the effects so much bigger from white flight in Detroit?
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Old 08-18-2008, 02:12 PM
 
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Part of it was the Twelfth Street riot and court-ordered busing that was passed. Drug trade in Detroit also rose significantly in the 60s.
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Old 08-18-2008, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Detroit's white flight may be different in that blacks became home owners quicker in Detroit since the housing stock was huge and affordable- their population became scattered, covering more terrain, resulting in amplified fear amongst white residents. The majority of poor blacks in Detroit live in houses in once white neighborhoods, not dense, pushed-aside project communities.
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Old 08-18-2008, 03:14 PM
 
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The city officials and the real estate community also doomed Detroit. Also the auto industry was so huge that when the black population moved from the south up to the north during the 40's and 50's to find jobs, there were hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs in Detroit at the time - which made the city extremely attractive for blacks looking to start new lives up north.

The realtors made a ton of money off the whites literally PANICING and fleeing the city by the hundreds of thousands. They actually worked to increase this panic and would end up having entire neighborhoods that were 100% white flash over to 100% black within just a few years. There were a lot of blacks moving up from the south to just jump right in and take the former neighborhoods of the whites who had fled the city.

Unfortunately during the 70's the economy was very bad, and the auto industry lost a TON of jobs. Many of those laid off were the black people from the south who had come up to fill those jobs a few years earlier. This greatly increased the poverty and unemployment, and as a result tax revenue was lost, the city suffered, more people left the city who could afford to, the communities collapsed, the schools went straight downhill, more people left, and we're left with the depressed Detroit of today.

It was just a set of circumstances that all came together to create what happened. It didn't help matters that the city and its officials pretty much just threw their hands up and ran away to the suburbs as quick as they could. In other places like Chicago, etc, people fought tooth and nail over keeping their neighborhoods "white", and you had a huge amount of white flight, but it was controlled and wasn't a total flight like in Detroit. White flight is for the most part over and slowly reversing, hence Chicago is left with its 32% white population while Detroits is less than 10%.

Anyway, that's just a quick and dirty way of explaining it as far as what I've found from my reseach into the topic.
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Old 08-18-2008, 05:23 PM
 
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We've seen that white flight happened in a lot of US Cities, and it had its effects. Why were the effects so much bigger from white flight in Detroit?
Simple: Detroit had more white flight, percentage-wise, than nearly any other place. Gary or East St. Louis are similar on smaller city scales.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:51 PM
 
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A major reason of the "White Flight" was that Detroit approved busing for the city schools. Kids who went to mostly white schools were shipped to predominately black schools. People didn't like the idea of their kids being bused across the city when they had an elementary school in their neighborhood. Call is racism if you want.
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Old 06-02-2013, 07:59 PM
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A major reason of the "White Flight" was that Detroit approved busing for the city schools. Kids who went to mostly white schools were shipped to predominately black schools. People didn't like the idea of their kids being bused across the city when they had an elementary school in their neighborhood. Call is racism if you want.
Boston had busing, and many people reacted violently to it. Boston didn't go the way of Detroit.
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Old 06-02-2013, 08:02 PM
 
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We've seen that white flight happened in a lot of US Cities, and it had its effects. Why were the effects so much bigger from white flight in Detroit?
Don't blame white flight, blame corrupt, inept politicians and their special interest cronies (a.k.a. unions). Some politicians still to this day want to double down on the politics that destroyed Detroit.

Did you know the corrupt union partners that helped sink Detroit have forced the city to have farrier on the payroll despite no horses? Again, don't blame the smart people who have fled these corrupt, broken, unsustainable cesspools nationwide.

The "blue" economic model has failed. It is time for some people to learn from history and stop repeating the same mistakes over and over again.
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:09 PM
 
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Detroit is a failed major city by all measures, pure and simple. All of the business leaders, politicians, etc. who live in/around the city over the past 50-100 years deserve some of the blame. Anyone who was able to experience the Detroit of the mid-20th century would probably agree.

It now has to essentially savage whatever remains that can be savaged and start anew (see the Detroit Future City crap, which seems like someone stole that idea from Robocop.).
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Old 06-02-2013, 09:21 PM
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I found this link, and there were 9 reasons listed for Detroit's fall: The Urbanophile Blog Archive The Reasons Behind Detroit’s Decline by Pete Saunders

The way I see it, Detroit had similar issues to other city, but some things stood out.
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