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I hope this blog doesn't turn into MI vs FL. The facts are that more people from MI. move to FL. than there are people moving from FL. to MI. That being said, I have a warning for anyone contemplating a move to FL.. Our governor(who should be in prison) is letting big business run the state and the Republican legislature is letting getting away with it. For example, there is a bill winding through the House, which is written by the insurance lobby, to put restrictions on claims about sinkholes,a cap on how much an insurance company can be sued for,harder for a person to file a claim, and doing away with a court hearing and making binding arbutration the only way of setteling a suit. If you are a teacher thinking of relocating to FL. forget it. You will be screwed. Our governor(who should be prision) signed into law a bill eliminating tenure. You would be on a year-to-year contract. I could go on and on, but I think you get the message. So be very very careful about moving to FL.

Retirees are moving from Michigan to Florida. No one is leaving Michigan for Florida in regards to better economic outlook when Florida has higher unemployment and foreclosure rates than Michigan.

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Houston is larger in area for the same reason Columbus, Omaha and Jacksonville are larger in area: those states have annexation rights law. Michigan had a strong one once, but my understanding is that it was defanged sometime right after the War.

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Houston is larger in area for the same reason Columbus, Omaha and Jacksonville are larger in area: those states have annexation rights law. Michigan had a strong one once, but my understanding is that it was defanged sometime right after the War.

I understand why they have more land area, but the fact remains those cities are less dense than Detroit yet Detroit has the major issue with abandonment. 713,000 is plenty of people to fill the land Detroit has. The problem is you'd have to demolish what's left of the city and reshape it.

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Which takes tax money. Which ain't gonna happen without a good tax base. I think the federal government should get involved in that -- in fact, that would be (would have been) a great use of federal stimulus dollars.

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Retirees are moving from Michigan to Florida. No one is leaving Michigan for Florida in regards to better economic outlook when Florida has higher unemployment and foreclosure rates than Michigan.

Cecil, I agree with your analysis to a certain degree. As for pay,you'r right on. Wages are pittful. About foreclosures, what brought this mess on, during the boom, people were coming down here and buying several houses at a time, paying as little down as possible, hoping to make a fast profit by selling them. When the bust hit, they just walked away from them.

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I seem to recall in the early 80s that a lot of Detroiters moved to Texas looking for jobs as the auto industry started its long slow decline. Didn't they call yankees "black tag people" or something like that back then, because of the black Michigan license plate?

Spent most of the early 80s with pregnancy brain and/or head buried in college texts, so don't recall specifically. I've never heard the term, "black tag people." But then, "yankee" isn't something often heard down here either unless it has "damn" in front of it.

Most of them I know who came down here from up there were looking for jobs in the defense industry. But that's just a sample from among my circle of friends.

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Interesting to see Wyoming jump as much as it did. I'd also love to see what Kentwood looks like. (Both of those are suburbs of GR for you eastsiders.)

Kentwood has lately attracted a lot of minorities as it's seen as a very diverse and integrated area.

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I go with Florida! where would you rather be and broke? Detroit or Florida

I did the warm climate thing and spent two years missing Michigan and everything in it. So, I'll go Michigan/ Detroit. The Summers in Florida would not be for me and I'd miss Tiger's regular season games/ Comerica.

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Huffington Post jumping on the bash Detroit bandwagon. Complete with a slide show of architectural decay:

Haunting Images Of Detroit's Decline (PHOTOS)

Wow there is some really spectacular architecture there. It's too bad that there isn't any use for it. And given how run down so much of it is, it would probably be much more costly to repair/restore than just bull doze it and start fresh. Sad in a way.

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what a refreshing angle. About time a major publication highlight Detroit's Decay. Next we should get a look into public corruption by city leaders.

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what a refreshing angle. About time a major publication highlight Detroit's Decay. Next we should get a look into public corruption by city leaders.

..or why no free agents will sign here `cuz it's nicer in Florida.

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Detroit's 40 year low of 350 murders is misleading since that rate is now 50 per 100,000 which would make it one of the highest in the world. I guess it was true there were less people to kill.

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what a refreshing angle. About time a major publication highlight Detroit's Decay. Next we should get a look into public corruption by city leaders.

Well, I don't recommend going to Dallas to get away from it. Thought about y'all today when this hit the fan in Dallas. Since misery loves company:

Dallas Mayor Caraway on police tape: Wife ?has a chemical imbalance, I think? | Dallas-Fort Worth Communities - News for Dallas, Texas - The Dallas Morning News

Hearing about the mayor cowering behind a locked door because he was afraid of his wife ... well ... yeah, I laughed.

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Interesting to see Wyoming jump as much as it did. I'd also love to see what Kentwood looks like. (Both of those are suburbs of GR for you eastsiders.)

Kentwood has lately attracted a lot of minorities as it's seen as a very diverse and integrated area.

Heard speculation on the radio today that the increase for Wyoming and Kentwood mostly came in the early part of the decade, before the economy turned to pot.

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I grew up on the west side of Detroit and moved out in 2002, my 17th birthday, with my family. We literally moved 3.5 miles away by car. Not a radical distance, but as any ex-Detroiter will tell you: it's like night and day.

I counted up the names of people in an old family & friends address book to see where everyone was living now. Processed it into Excel.

153 of 262 people in our address book left Detroit between 2000 and 2010.

98 of those people moved to the suburbs of Detroit.

55 of them moved out of the state.

There is no one in our address book that still resides in Detroit.

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Detroit

Got me, I thought for sure you would say Canada!

edit: found this picture on the Tigers website

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Edited by Titus Tiger

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