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Old 07-28-2008, 02:40 PM
Location: Inner Loop H-town & Austin
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I'm sure these have been done before...sorry if its redundant.

Maybe it should follow the economic policies of successful, booming towns like Houston, Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, Charlotte, Chicago, etc.
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Old 07-28-2008, 02:40 PM
Location: Home!
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Tell that to the mayor.
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Old 07-28-2008, 04:08 PM
Location: Cambridge, Isanti County, MN
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You have to remember, Detroit was once a booming town just like the others you mentioned, it's just that it was in a different era.

I lived in Houston and Atlanta for 27 years combined. Yes, they're booming, but they have issues of their own, and as you can see I'm back in Michigan now with sights set on returning to the Detroit area in the near future.

Detroit is down and gasping right now, no doubt about it, but despite the constant onslaught of negatives, such as your post, Detroit WILL be a great city again one day. It's going to take many years and a lot of hard work, but the foundation is still there, and the winds of change are blowing already.
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Old 07-28-2008, 04:40 PM
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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Detroit (imo) didn't have the foresight to develop it's soul, so to speak. The downtown area has a reputation for "no place to go after dark" meaning it's dangerous and for some reason the city council hasn't done anything to fix that. I saw an airplane race yesterday on the Detroit river and was so surprised there was an event like that there. It made the city look great! I know they have a Grand Prix race there , too. It's a difficult situation without credible housing in the city center but until the people with the power MAKE it happen...
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Old 07-28-2008, 04:44 PM
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Jobs leaving were bad but it wasnt the only reason for detroit fall. Crime, segragation, corruption, etc. Houston and atlanta have problems too probably but detroit is the worst hands down go to other cities you wont see that much decay anywhere. Not trying to bash the city but thats the truth maybe there is hope someday for a rebirth it cant decline forever.
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Old 07-30-2008, 11:52 AM
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I agree w/On-da-Beach - I live in one of the Northern suburbs and the major difference I see is that the 'burbs have hope, soul and a sense of pride in their neighborhoods....going through the city - you don't see that.

It's hard for the city to sell people on living downtown or in Detroit proper because nearly all of your major employers are in the 'burbs as well as the grocery stores/shopping.

It takes a person who wants to open a store in the city 7 years to get a permit. (The city isn't known for having an efficient bureaucracy) It takes maybe 2-3 years in the 'burbs. Where is the person going to open a store? Where are the people going to live? Close to work and a grocery store.

Most of the people who are professionals and live in Detroit, live there because they want to be there - they want to be a part of building the next Detroit. However - that type of person is few and far between. Even people who move there for that specific purpose end up moving out because they don't want to put up with the crime and schools after a certain point.

The major problem in this area is color. There are more people interested in assigning blame than actually solving problems. I have never been more race-conscience than I have been living in this particular city. A LOT of people emjoy reliving the past every chance they get. There are plenty of suburbanites who would love to help the city, but have washed their hands of that idea because they've been told one too many times that our help isn't needed or wanted. So, they volunteer and give their money to other communities where the help is welcome.

There are nice areas, but we wonder how long New Center and the others will stay that way. Sad, but true.
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Old 07-30-2008, 12:27 PM
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New Center really isn`t that great theres some vacant apts on seward, vacant lots throught the neighborhood, crime, etc. The neighborhoods that were doing good or ok before are now on the decline the evidence is there. I dont mean that they look bombed out but they are getting worse. I read once that 16-20% of homes in boston edison were vacant mainly from foreclosure. G.rosedale had 25% vacantcy. Palmer park and indian village had foreclosures too just not as much but they are still a problem. Sorry I couldn`t find the links for my stats. Sw detroit to the whole cit,state, nation everybody. The archdiocese of d talks about foreclosure effects throught the city some hoods had over 50% foreclosures. The city should try to keep the decent areas safe instead of letting them decline too.
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Old 07-31-2008, 09:10 PM
Location: Virginia Livin', Maryland Dreamin'.
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Not to sound racist, even though im Black, Too many Blacks in the city, that's never successful. Just check the stats and look around.
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Old 08-01-2008, 01:01 PM
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My god who would have known its this bad even decent areas going down too. It seems like detroits worst times are still ahead of it. Did any of you see the new numbers for the auto industry. They all are hurting but the detroit automakers are hurting the most. Hope it gets better I mean if its this bad now and the worst hasnt come yet.
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Old 08-01-2008, 01:04 PM
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Using the "too many blacks in the city" theory like the above poster suggests is a scapegoat. That's taking the easy way out. Dig deep down and find the root of the problem.

It starts by the local politics probably. Start creating tax incentives to bring new companies to the city. Much like what Oklahoma City is doing. Same with my hometown in Iowa. Much of the midwest's economy is still doing well, even in these trying economic times. It starts by encouraging companies to move in, not taxing them to death.
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