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I did not watch the video (no time right now maybe later), but I did read the break down. I am surprised they put this together with no mention of the corrupt government, but in passing and not using any names.

Detroit has not had Republican leadership since 1962.

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I did not watch the video (no time right now maybe later), but I did read the break down. I am surprised they put this together with no mention of the corrupt government, but in passing and not using any names.

Detroit has not had Republican leadership since 1962.

It probably didn't mention it because Detroit's problems extend beyond the realm of Rep/Dem politics. It's extremely simplistic to boil these problems down to "they didn't elect Republicans."

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How is Alabamas (Main city Birmingham) economy?

They have not had a Republican Mayor since 1961 either.

Alaska (Main city Anchorage) has had both recently.

Arizona (Phoenix) has had a mix recently.

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How is Alabamas (Main city Birmingham) economy?

They have not had a Republican Mayor since 1961 either.

Alaska (Main city Anchorage) has had both recently.

Arizona (Phoenix) has had a mix recently.

Huh?

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I saw a lot of Detroit folks on tv whining about this 60 minutes piece. I guess they just can't stand the truth. It's what the nation sees when they think of Detroit.

A lot of people here in Detroit are delusional. They just don't see what's right in front of them. Take a drive down Gratiot one day. Drive from 10 mile all the way downtown.

Once you get past 8 mile start taking some detours off to the east or west on any side street. It looks like Beirut! Do the same thing on Woodward. These neighborhoods

were once beautiful, thriving neighborhoods. Now they're complete devastation.

As a young child I lived in Detroit. The last hour we lived in was at Nevada and John R. It was a beautiful two story house in a neighborhood with lots of kids, playgrounds,

and everything a "Leave it to Beaver" world could offer. I recently visited that neighborhood. I was afraid to even be there. I kept my car doors locked. Of course most of

the houses are completely gone and it's just empty land.

Detroit is a mess. Yeah, we got some nice stadiums and The Illitch's and Dan Gilberts of the world would love to paint a pretty picture. But a city is more than buildings.

It's people and neighborhoods and Detroits' are severely damaged. 60 minutes simply pointed out the obvious.

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I was only halfway paying attention when I first saw it on Hulu, need to go back and watch the piece again. What I did see and think the main thrust was not how Detroit got to where it is but what is being done.

I think the segments on Blight Busters and the entrepreneurs that are fairly well done. Nothing earth shaking to those who have been following the story for a while now, but does present a better side than the normal gloom and doom

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When Coleman Young is the mayor of the last 50 years that is considered the most fiscally responsible, you know your city is going to have issues. Detroit is paying it's bill right now, for the years of over spending, they failed to reduce their budgets in the face of a dwindling population and tax base.

Detroit also failed to diversify itself, it's whole economy was based on manufacturing, at one time it was the center of US manufacturing, now the US isn't even much of a manufacturing country and Detroit isn't even the center of that anymore (tax policy/politics was a factor in this).

I am not sure what the solution is for Detroit, I do not think there is much of one, people will continue to leave for other areas where jobs are available.

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I did not watch the video (no time right now maybe later), but I did read the break down. I am surprised they put this together with no mention of the corrupt government, but in passing and not using any names.

Detroit has not had Republican leadership since 1962.

It goes much deeper than Republicans and Democrats. To truly understand the problems you have to dig much much deeper.

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When Coleman Young is the mayor of the last 50 years that is considered the most fiscally responsible, you know your city is going to have issues. Detroit is paying it's bill right now, for the years of over spending, they failed to reduce their budgets in the face of a dwindling population and tax base.

Detroit also failed to diversify itself, it's whole economy was based on manufacturing, at one time it was the center of US manufacturing, now the US isn't even much of a manufacturing country and Detroit isn't even the center of that anymore (tax policy/politics was a factor in this).

I am not sure what the solution is for Detroit, I do not think there is much of one, people will continue to leave for other areas where jobs are available.

The main answer is to force down local tax differentials so the low cost of property can do its usual work of drawing bargain hunters back. The State started down the path of forcing Detroit to lower the income tax but I think that effort is now stalled and largely forgotten in the heat of the current crisis. But what Dan Gilbert is doing is not all altruism. He is paying next to nothing to have his people in downtown space compared to the alternatives. That is all the draw you need if the taxes are right and you can scrape together a police and fire department. Everything else can/will follow.

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I was trying to find a different thread about Detroit, but this one will do. Anyone else hear about that sweep on Jefferson involving a certain apartment complex?

150 officers involved in massive police sweep targeting troublesome Detroit apartment complex

We need more of this. It is not about the arrests IMO...it is about the time and money it will take to process and convict these criminals which has hindered it before. Hopefully this is the start of something.

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