Never has dawned on anyone there that the city income tax might be a contributing factor to the "white flight"...
Or perhaps the absolutely insane people elected to run the "city."
hmmm cities leaving in order to lower their tax base.
I wonder how many residential areas would like to "leave" a municipality.
Whould people really object if Detroit was UNincorporated?
Taxes alone higher or lower are not going to save Detroit... fact is the Jobs aren't there... there is more housing than there ever will be people again, the story is no different than hundreds of other cities and towns across the rust belt that the only difference is they are much smaller in scale...
I am not going to argue liberal politics have not exacerbated Detroits problems, but the facts are very simple, at one point there were jobs a pleanty and people needed places to live to be near them, now the jobs are gone, the people are leaving and the remnants of the past wealth lingers in vacant buildings that no one has a need for.
10,000 people PER YEAR are leaving.... all the tax breaks in the world won't stop the flight.... JOBS are why people move.. JOBS are why Detroit was a destination.. now lack of them is why it is a place people leave.
And all the tax breaks in the world will not create enough jobs in Detroit to rebuild its tax base to what it once was.
It was hillarious, the way the author pulled every ecsuse he could think of out...except the two you mentioned. LOL.
That's part of it.
Also might have something to do with the grit, grime, economy, crowded, crime-filled streets, the smell of the air...I could go on.
I heard a comedian once comment on Detroit's crime. The comedian himself was black, saying "You know, I think it's hilarious when black people in Detroit blame crime on being oppressed by white people. How the f*** is that possible? There ain't no white people in Detroit!"
AND the crime rate.. They are always in the top ten for Murder Capital.