Tuesday, August 04, 2009


General Motors HQ in Detroit, in the USA.

The real Detroit?


"According to the Giancanas, Detroit's 'Jewish Mafia,' the so-called 'Purple Gang' had put out a contract on Joe Kennedy's life for bringing illegal liquor through their territory without their permission during the Prohibition days."

(Chapters One - Four excerpted from the book Final Judgment.)


According to WSWS (Social crisis in Detroit: An investigative report):

"Detroit, historically known as the auto capital of the world, has been transformed into the biggest poor city in America, according to the US Census Bureau, with an official poverty rate of 31.4 percent...

"This once booming city of 2 million has lost more than half of its population, now standing at 900,000, with the exodus accelerating yearly.

"In some areas only the poorest people remain and the tax and employment bases have collapsed.

"As a result of the decline, Detroit has the highest high school dropout rate of any big city in the country—over 50 percent.

"It also has one of the highest unemployment rates in the US and is listed among the top 10 cities in home foreclosures.

"The city also has recently been determined to have the highest rate of families needing food assistance."


paul said...

RIP Free Thinker

Only temporary I hope

McGonagall said...

Metro Detroit has a population of around 6 million. Th inner city is largely a ghetto populated by black folks surrounded by suburbs populated by white folks,

I used to hang out in Detroit as a teenager. After the Twelfth Street riots every intersection was guarded by a storm trooper in full riot gear while groups pf Black Panthers patrolled the streets.

A revealing illustration of the social hierarchy existing at the time could be had from pimps who touted white women for 12 bucks, black women for ten, and Mexicans for eight.

Although Detroit (as with other northern industrial cities in the US) is currently undergoing extremely hard times this will change. US cities in the southwest are running out of water and it is forecast that their populations will have to migrate north to cities in the great lakes basin - Detroit, Cleveland, Toledo, Buffalo, Milwaukee, Chicago.

So there's a future yet for Detroit.

Franz said...

No future for Detroit.

Spent my working life on the lakes, US & Canadian side. Here's the facts:

This region was used and used up. It's now being returned to the wild.

In the 80s there was enough money in the system to whitewash Pittsburg (the original Detroit). They filled it with offices, medical centers and strip malls. They scattered the poor -- made them less visible then Detroit.

But Pittsburg is the model for lake region gentrification: A super-wealthy hole surrounded by a rotten donut. When the donut dies the hole goes global and that's what's in store for Detroit.

(Michigan, Flint area, is already experimenting with tearing out concrete and giving the land back to the deer and the antelope.)

Southwesterners will stay where they are or go back to Mexico. They were congregated to die of thirst anyway. Deer and antelope are already starting the march on Albuquerque. The wolves are waiting.

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