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Posted on 04/09/2013 1:59:31 PM PDT by robowombat
The Dead Zone: Detroit Becomes Urban Wasteland
By Chuck Holton CBN News Reporter Tuesday, April 09, 2013
DETROIT -- Welcome to Detroit, or what some call "The Dead Zone." It's an area of near-complete destruction many miles across, with no schools or hospitals and few public services.
Crime is the only growth industry, with murder being an everyday occurrence.
"No police, citizens are leaving because crime is very high," the Detroit Police Department's Sgt. John Bennett said. "Those who can leave, are able to leave, they are leaving. Course there are some who cannot leave."
While there is plenty of disagreement on the cause, there's no question on the result. Many urban areas are becoming virtual wastelands.
In Detroit, the official unemployment rate is more than twice the national average, and some city officials say the true rate of joblessness is over 50 percent.
It's a vicious circle. The lack of jobs means loss of tax revenue. In Motor City, that has led to deep cuts in city services, including fire and police.
"We've lost in the police department a thousand officers that haven't been replaced in the last five to six years," said Sgt. Bennet, who has been a city cop for 16 years.
Those officers who remain say they can't protect the city, which now has the highest rate of violent crime in America.
"How do you keep a city safe that has no tax base, and the population is running out the back door, the front door, and the side door?" Bennett asked. "What do you do? How do you stem that tide? What do you do to stop the bleeding?"
Approximately a hundred yards inside the Detroit city limits are over a dozen homes that are either abandoned or burned out. Officials say there are over 45,000 homes in such condition, but the root cause may have less to do with the economic downturn and more to do with government corruption.
More government assistance hasn't helped. Several Detroit companies received bailout funds totaling nearly $100 billion, yet Detroit still has the highest rates of poverty and welfare dependency in the nation."
"I don't know how much longer I'm going to stay honestly. I don't know how much longer I can hang on," Bennett told CBN News.
"Up to this point it's been my commitment, my love of the city, my love of the community, this is my home," he said. "But as one of my co-workers said when she left, 'I love the city, but it didn't love me back.'"
Detroit Rescue Mission
Where the government has failed, private charities are stepping in. One of the largest, Detroit Rescue Mission, provides meals and shelter for thousands of homeless every day.
"The Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries started as a soup kitchen," Rachael Williams, director of Volunteer Services at Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, told CBN News.
"Now we have progressed to being not only an emergency shelter, but also transitional housing, permanent housing, a treatment center for those suffering from drug and substance abuse and other mental health issues, as well as we have different programs that help to rebuild the city," she said.
Such programs are making a difference for people like Dwayne Tab, who now serves as the facilities supervisor at one of the mission's campuses.
"Ten years ago I came to the Detroit Rescue Mission. I was homeless. I was lost. I was drug addicted," Tab recalled.
"I went in the 90-day treatment, completed treatment, went into transitional housing, which is a two-year program," he continued. "I went to school. I got an associate's degree, continued and got a bachelor's degree, and I continued and got my masters. So I know the Detroit Rescue Mission saves lives!"
In so doing, the Detroit Rescue Mission is serving up more than food and shelter but something else they believe actually has the power to turn the tide in America's inner cities.
"Not only do we provide life skills to these individuals," Williams said. "But we also provide the Word of God, which is the crux of our mission."
An American Chernobyl disaster no nuke involved!
the MSM is totally silent on this.
Where is the film crew showing the desolation, the depressing abandoned lost city of Detroit?
They're turning whats left of Ohio into a carbon copy of Detroit.
Easy explanation - Coleman Young and Kwame.
Not to mention liberalism gone wild.
But it sure is a perfect example of a Progressive success story .... ended up just as planned .... now they are ready to start on the next 50 biggest cities now that they have proved their methods of operation.
Forty years ago I was a young man working in the marketing division of General Motors at the GM Building. Everything was booming and our greatest fear was that the Justice Department would declare us a monopoly if we exceed 50% market share.
It was like a golden age, until the gas shortage of 1973. GM was unable to respond to the new reality and started the slow downward drift. And along with it Detroit.
A little humor from my email:
> This from a family member who lives in AZ.
> Homesick Snowbird
> I was in Mesa the other day and I saw a bumper sticker on a parked car that read: I miss Chicago .
> So, I broke the window, stole the radio, shot out two of the tires, added an Obama bumper sticker and left a note that read, I hope this helps!
You know what has to be done but woe to he that says it.
Awesome story! I LOVE IT.
I was on a business trip to Detroit-area recently. Rented a car and drove around. Tried to find the worst, most decayed area possible. Any suggestions?
Anyway, looks no different from, Cleveland, Philly, or the East side of Buffalo.
The commie governor Granholm stole billions of dollars from productive Michigan communities and property owners and poured the loot into her Detroit “Cool Cities” program. I want my money back, you slimy, thieving whore.
And all you left wing yuppie peckerheads who are living in converted lofts in Detroit, that’s my money that paid for them, and I want my money back. The same with you thieves in construction. That was stolen money that paid your wages and profits, you fat, thieving sows, and I want my money back.
Detroit owes the rest of Michigan billions of dollars.
The church I was baptized in, and the one I grew up in, and the two grade schools I attended, all gone.
Just got a notice the high school I attended is closing in June.
Will the last one out, pls turn off the lights...assuming Cleveland Public Power still has any juice....
Don’t worry. They will solve the problem by moving the residents to the suburbs, paid for by you with “food stamps” “section 8” and refusal to prosecute the thefts, rapes, and murders that will definitely follow.
Detroit: Barry’s vision for all of America.
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