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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.
Don't do that.
There is no intellectually or logically coherent disagreement about the cause.
Pretty much anywhere. I had a business trip to a suburb a couple years ago, and spent two full days driving around taking pictures. All around the Motown museum is what you're looking for, also around the old airport, the old bus depot, the old train station... pretty much any direction you go is absolutely a wasteland.
My photos are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23441454@N03/
Detroit is Bosnia without the city being walled up.
This is the result of liberals building their utopia the last 50 years there. Of course people are going to leave when the leaders ignore logic and sound governing. What the hell else can they do? They don’t have a duty to stay there when politicians continually over decades tell them “F you, shut up, and give us more of your money and take it”. the ones that wise up and can leave, leave.
That's exactly how I felt about leaving my home state of California.
There exists here an opportunity of astounding proportion and significance.
Many cities in the east had major areas of blight. When no one was looking, partnerships of lawyers, (mostly white, but a few minorities, mostly Korean) bought all the properties at ridiculous prices and without fan fare, rebuilt.
Private security and tax deals with the state made these set aside zones. Stores, nice houses, apartment complexes.
But no blight.
A wasteland is a perfect opportunity for a strong bunch of intelligent business people to move in and reclaim the land from the jungle.
With a little money and willful force, the “blight” can be moved to other places. Its done by converting the destruction into places that the blight can’t afford.
Great location for “The Walking Dead II: The Dead North ” version.
Thanks for the pics...tragic.
Although, as I was looking at your pics, I was thinking about the fixtures (staircases, wainscoting, etc.) that’s there for the taking.
Great location for “The Walking Dead II: The Dead North ” version.
You have to go back almost two generations to realize it's happening and accelerated supersonically?
More than 30 years ago.
Why is this 'news?'
The article was published today.
What a stupid statement!
No police department anywhere can protect their city. Both the courts and the police departments have reminded us for decades.
All that they do is pretend to be looking for perpetrators and deliver them to the revolving door---
--- and collect the bodies of the victims after the fact and deliver them to the coroner.
What's the panic about?
It's been the new 'reality' for 40 years...
Les Gold seems to have a thriving business there.
I rode my motorbike on the back roads from Toledo to the Ambassador Bridge. It was like being in the world’s biggest ghost town.
Could you post some examples of these recused areas?
That’s been going in in my Toronto neighbourhood (Old Cabbagetown & Garden District) since the 1970s, and it has been accelerating over the past few years. The best thing going on right now is the government-run slums are being torn down; the city did a deal with some developers to redo it all.
Once great Detroit destroed by DummyRats/Uber-Libs!
Nothing a little paint and spit shine will fix up... /S
Really quite sad...they were some beautiful homes...
That absurd fatal flaw in your "narrative" literally made every hair on my body bristle. I suppose, given enough stimulus, even homo sapiens has hackles.
There is literally NOTHING that the generations-welfare culture (blight) can't afford. Literally.
From cars to shelter, sports tickets, cell phones, food, clothing. medical care, gasoline. All the things that I can't afford beyond a subsistence level I see all around me daily. Paid for by working taxpayers, still working or retired. The number of Escalades is seriously disproportionate among the Amish.
Just last night I was forced to find a late night pharmacy (prescriptions) due to a medical emergency. When I found one, and had to spend a half hour there waiting for the prescription, late at night, people next to the front door intimidating customers entering had to be dealt with three times.
Loitering outside, the individuals were 100% Amish. Inside the store, the mix of Amish was over 80%. They are either vampires, or there's something at work there I can't explain. Nothing short of a really really serious emergency will prompt me to visit that place again, after sunset. If it had been me, instead of my wife in serious pain, I would have waited til morning.
I sure hope you're not assuming that I am reading an article from 30 years ago and assuming it's contemporary.
What exactly is the 'news' value in this article?
You have me convinced Detroit can come back, CC.
One thing to rebuild another to remove the cause. Democrats.
You can actually buy one of those homes for close to zero, and the city will actually give you money to fix it back up. Even with those incentives, few are willing to do so... you can’t get most services in many of these neighborhoods. FedEx... forget it... pizza delivery? Not a chance. Even the police won’t go into some of those neighborhoods at night.
Try the Northeast Side. It used to be the land of bungalows and smaller older houses. Now it looks like a huge movie set for a dystopian film complete with savage extras.
This poverty propaganda by CNN started a trend among the MSM networks......and the reason for mis-characterizing the state of the economy at that time was patently clear....Papa Bush was the GOP candidate and he was, according to this commie network, a "conservative" (gasp !) who would make the economy worse.
CNN and the MSM were pulling out all the stops to slander and destroy GHW Bush. The thought of Republicans winning the Oval Office was more than they could bear.
Flash forward to today....we have the opposite. Detroit and most other urban cities which are decaying if not near-dead have been under uninterrupted liberal Democrat rule for decades, sometimes for over half a century. The killing fields of Chicago have been under Democrat control for 79 consecutive years!
However, despite the desperate state of many U.S. cities, CNN today shows no dog food eaters, no starving babies, no homeless guys in the underpasses. Why not?
Because Democrat mayors and councils can do no wrong. Because "progressive ideas take time to work". Because there's a leftist Democrat president in the White House....and he's the King of Kings, Lord of Lords.
Obama cleverly makes sure his fingerprints are not on any of the death and devastation in the cities and around the country. In fact, he's campaigning every day railing against the very horrible conditions HIS policies and marxist agenda HAVE CAUSED IN THE FIRST PLACE.
So the under-informed voters are too stupid to pin the failure tail on the presidential donkey.....and the media leaves him alone and blames George W, global warming and rich folks for the deterioration of our cities.
We don't control the mass media, folks.....and the MSM propaganda machine which covers for DC's communist administration is directly responsible (along with Obama, Inc.) for the ongoing attempted murder of our cities, our future, our culture, our institutions, our prosperity and, when ObamaKill death panels start operating in full bore, our very lives.