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Old 12-07-2011, 07:20 AM
 
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So you seriously think a whole lot of people in the city would start regularly eating at a vegetarian restaurant serving absolutely NO meat?
Try reading that again, I'm not talking about restaurants. All cities have fast food restaurants, thus that's not my point.

Rather my point is the lack of options.
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Old 09-08-2013, 03:08 PM
 
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^Well, then why didn't YOU do something about it, Mr or Mrs. COP?

Hahaha...evidently u never worked in Detroit as a police officer, if u did you'd have an idea. Best bet for u, keep watching tv.
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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With the construction of freeways and affordable cars (thanks to detroit) most big cities started declining and suburb started exploding in the 60s. Crime and ever increasing property taxes also contributed to some cities declining faster than others. The other comparable city is St louis which lost 65% of population. Now when they say St Louis it generally means metro area of St louis minus the city. All the businesses quietly relocated to the suburbs and city is booming (meaning the suburb). It is lot cheaper to move a few miles away than to fix this huge mess.

Dont think it was possible to live in country and work in the cities back in the 50s.
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Past: midwest, east coast
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Detroit is definitely the worst city in America. I've been to cities all over the countries and none of them are nearly as bad as Detroit. While most have issues with crime, blight, etc. they at least have some level of respectability. Detroit is an entirely different animal.

That being said, Detroit has respectable suburbs that are on par with many other cities. However, the entire region cannot thrive without a well-functioning Detroit.
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:02 AM
 
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Downtowns were often built without sufficient parking. Since many of the middle class people want to live in the suburbs, they want to shop near their homes. They don't want to drive 20 miles into the heart of the city, struggle to find parking, pay for the parking, and then pay the same prices for the goods at the store. I'd love to see more downtown areas get revitalized, but for it to really happen would require some substantial rebuilding efforts to increase the road surface area, improve the functioning of the streets (to clear traffic faster) and to provide substantial parking. No, middle class people are not going to take a bus into the city to do something they could just drive eight minutes from home to do. Won't happen.

Detroit has these problems magnified by the crime rate. The only way Detroit can possibly recover is to find the funding for an enormous number of police to keep the peace and to invest in building the infrastructure that would make living there attractive. As it stands, it is difficult to find any job, much less a good one, and the risk of being victimized is incredibly high. I'd love to see Detroit get through this, but it will take an incredible change in policy. The city has been going in the wrong direction at a very fast speed for a very long time. Since Detroit has record numbers of empty buildings, it could potentially see a great number of them re-purposed to fit with the new goals that consumers have for a city. In doing so, it could be one of the first cities to make the major changes that are needed in many cities. It could turn this period of hardship into an opportunity for incredible growth. Unfortunately, the odds are stacked against that happening.
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:50 AM
 
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Downtowns were often built without sufficient parking. Since many of the middle class people want to live in the suburbs, they want to shop near their homes. They don't want to drive 20 miles into the heart of the city, struggle to find parking, pay for the parking, and then pay the same prices for the goods at the store. I'd love to see more downtown areas get revitalized, but for it to really happen would require some substantial rebuilding efforts to increase the road surface area, improve the functioning of the streets (to clear traffic faster) and to provide substantial parking. No, middle class people are not going to take a bus into the city to do something they could just drive eight minutes from home to do. Won't happen.
True...and yet this begins the vicious circle. A city attempts to attract people by providing more parking. That brings more people in which requires more parking, etc. Detroit already has a substantial amount of downtown parking and expressway access. The problem is that parking lots, parking garages and expressways don't contribute to the desirability of a downtown area.
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:32 AM
 
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Seatown,

"However, the entire region cannot thrive without a well-functioning Detroit."

Why not? The last 70 years have gone A-OK for 'the region' Vs Detroit proper.
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:52 AM
 
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Seatown,

"However, the entire region cannot thrive without a well-functioning Detroit."

Why not? The last 70 years have gone A-OK for 'the region' Vs Detroit proper.
I guess, if you call a stagnant economy with stagnant population growth (falling from a top 5 metro to now a top 20 metro) "A-OK."
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Old 09-09-2013, 02:25 PM
 
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Seatown,

"However, the entire region cannot thrive without a well-functioning Detroit."

Why not? The last 70 years have gone A-OK for 'the region' Vs Detroit proper.
Which only contributes more to the fragmentation and death of the entire region. As 313Weather mentioned, the population decline speaks volumes about how well this region is doing. The people who are here now have been here for decades (old money). People eventually die though. And there aren't a whole lot of young, vibrant professionals moving to this region and setting up shop, at least from outside the state. That'll only lead to more population decline and ultimately more trouble for the entire region years down the road.
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Old 09-09-2013, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Poshawa, Ontario
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I don't know about Michigan but there is absolutely no way Detroit compares with the most violent city in the world. Last year that was Ciudad Juarez with almost 4000 murders in one year, Detroit isn't anywhere close to that. Even this year Juarez is getting close to 2000 murders and other cities along the border have found large burial pits of 80 plus people in them, there is NOTHING like that going on in Detroit.
The worst I saw in Detroit was a body in the middle of the Interstate that was dumped and covered by a blanket. However as bad as that is, it is nothing compared to what is happening in Mexico, Central and South America right now. Detroit doesn't even come close.

Top 50 Most Dangerous Cities in the World
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