Skip to comments.America The Fallen: 24 Signs That Our Once Proud Cities Are Turning Into Poverty-Stricken Hellholes
Posted on 04/24/2013 9:38:43 PM PDT by genghis
What is happening to you America? Once upon a time, the United States was a place where free enterprise thrived and the greatest cities that the world had ever seen sprouted up from coast to coast. Good jobs were plentiful and a manufacturing boom helped fuel the rise of the largest and most vibrant middle class in the history of the planet. Cities such as Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Baltimore were all teeming with economic activity and the rest of the globe looked on our economic miracle with a mixture of wonder and envy. But now look at us. Our once proud cities are being transformed into poverty-stricken hellholes.
Did you know that the city of Detroit once actually had the highest per-capita income in the United States? Looking at Detroit today, it is hard to imagine that it was once one of the most prosperous cities in the world. In fact, as you will read about later in this article, tourists now travel to Detroit from all over the globe just to see the ruins of Detroit. Sadly, the exact same thing that is happening to Detroit is happening to cities all over America. Detroit is just ahead of the curve.
We are in the midst of a long-term economic collapse that is eating away at us like cancer, and things are going to get a lot worse than this. So if you still live in a prosperous area of the country, don't laugh at what is happening to others. What is happening to them will be coming to your area soon enough.
The following are 24 signs that our once proud cities are turning into poverty-stricken hellholes...
#1 According to the New York Times, there are now approximately 70,000 abandoned buildings in Detroit.
#2 At this point, approximately one-third of Detroit's 140 square miles is either vacant or derelict.
#3 Back during the housing bubble, an acre of land in downtown Phoenix, Arizona sold for about $90 a square foot. Today, an acre in downtown Phoenix sells for about $9 a square foot.
#4 The city of Chicago is so strapped for cash that it is planning to close 54 public schools. It is being estimated that Chicago schools will run a budget deficit of about a billion dollars in 2013.
#5 The city of Baltimore is already facing unfunded liabilities of more than 3.2 billion dollars, but the city government continues to pile up more debt as if it was going out of style.
#6 Today, the murder rate in East St. Louis is 17 times higher than the national average.
#7 According to USA Today, the "share of jobs located in or near a downtown declined in 91 of the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas" between 2000 and 2010.
#8 Between December 2000 and December 2010, 48 percent of the manufacturing jobs in the state of Michigan were lost.
#9 There are more than 85,000 streetlights in Detroit, but thieves have stripped so much copper wiring out of the lights that more than half of them are not working.
#10 The unemployment rate in El Centro, California is 24.2 percent, and the unemployment rate in Yuma, Arizona is an astounding 25.6 percent.
#11 It has been estimated that there are more than 1,000 homeless people living in the massive network of flood tunnels under the city of Las Vegas.
#12 Violent crime in the city of Oakland increased by 23 percent during 2012.
#13 If you can believe it, more than 11,000 homes, cars and businesses were burglarized in Oakland during 2012. That breaks down to approximately 33 burglaries a day.
#14 As I have written about previously, there are only about 200 police officers assigned to Chicago's Gang Enforcement Unit to handle the estimated 100,000 gang members living in the city.
#15 The number of murders in Chicago last year was roughly equivalent to the number of murders in the entire country of Japan during 2012.
#16 The murder rate in Flint, Michigan is higher than the murder rate in Baghdad.
#17 If New Orleans was considered to be a separate nation, it would have the 2nd highest murder rate on the entire planet.
#18 According to the Justice Departments National Drug Intelligence Center, Mexican drug cartels were actively operating in 50 different U.S. cities in 2006. By 2010, that number had skyrocketed to 1,286.
#19 Back in 2007, the number of New York City residents on food stamps was about 1 million. It is now being projected that the number of New York City residents on food stamps will pass the 2 million mark this summer.
#20 The number of homeless people sleeping in the homeless shelters of New York City has increased by a whopping 19 percent over the past year.
#21 As I noted yesterday, approximately one out of every three children in the United States currently lives in a home without a father.
#22 In Miami, 45 percent of the children are living in poverty.
#23 In Cleveland, more than 50 percent of the children are living in poverty.
#24 According to a recently released report, 60 percent of all children in the city of Detroit are living in poverty.
As I mentioned at the top of this article, the decline of the city of Detroit has become so famous that it has actually become a tourist attraction. The following is a short excerpt from an article in the New York Times...
But in Detroit, the tours go on, in an unofficial capacity. One afternoon at the ruins of the 3.5-million-square-foot Packard Plant, I ran into a family from Paris. The daughter said she read about the building in Lonely Planet; her father had a camcorder hanging around his neck. Another time, while conducting my own tour for a guest, a group of German college students drove up. When queried as to the appeal of Detroit, one of them gleefully exclaimed, I came to see the end of the world!
For much more on the shocking decline of one of America's greatest cities, please see my previous article entitled "Bankrupt, Decaying And Nearly Dead: 24 Facts About The City Of Detroit That Will Shock You".
So are there any areas of the country that are still thriving?
Well, yes, there are a few. In particular, those areas that are sitting on top of energy resources tend to be doing quite well for now.
One example is Texas. In recent years people have been absolutely flocking to the state. There are lots of energy jobs, the cost of living is low and there is no state income tax.
But overall, things are really tough out there. Over the past decade America has lost millions of good jobs to offshoring, advancements in technology and a declining economy.
Last year, the United States had a trade deficit with the rest of the world of more than half a trillion dollars. Overall, the U.S. has run a trade deficit with the rest of the world of more than 8 trillion dollars since 1975.
All of that money could have gone to U.S. businesses and U.S. workers. In turn, taxes would have been paid on all of that income which could have helped keep our cities great.
But instead, our politicians have stood idly by as we have lost tens of thousands of businesses and millions of jobs. If you can believe it, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities have closed down permanently in the United States since 2001.
We have allowed our economic infrastructure to be absolutely gutted, and so we should not be surprised that our once proud cities are turning into poverty-stricken hellholes.
And this is just the beginning. The next wave of the economic collapse is rapidly approaching, and when it strikes unemployment in this country will eventually rise to a level that is more than double what it is now.
When that happens, I wouldn't want to be anywhere near our rotting, decaying cities.
Manufacturing is still alive for specialized stuff.
What killed good jobs was the unions.
You simply cannot expect to make $40 an hour + overtime and lifetime benefits to put in a screw all day, while some fellow with a degree and highly skilled hands makes the same wage minus OT and benefits.
Or while some guy named Ki Ling puts in a screw 20 hours a day for $1.17 the day.
I can’t, and don’t want to, deny the negatives, but a lot of this is systemic. Jefferson couldn’t conceive that the country would ever transcend an agrarian economy, and the Industrial revolution was a time of upheaval, but we were born into its aftermath. Now we are in a postindustrial age, the internet age, actually. People give this lip service, but it’s real. We have so much, more than I ever dreamed could be possible. Just watch those TV commercials! ... “I’m tryin’ to tell ya.” I guess it’s as Dickens said, “ the best of times and the worst of times.” Maybe that’s our perennial condition.
#25 Democrat mayors and councilmen.
That’s what happens when the people think they can get some thing for nothing and elect Democrats and Rinos.
.....”The fabric of our life here is unraveling because we as a nation have turned our back on God. We have allowed those who don’t buy into the Judeo-Christian standard to get into positions of power, and the policies they’ve made are opposed to God and His works.”.....
Well I wouldn’t say all the people have allowed this...many have fought it off...but with all the foreighners here, bringing with them their religions and cults, and the breakdown of the family and educational system indoctrinating our kids....it shouldn’t surprise us.
What is surprising is how fast it’s moving the other direction! Buidling a house can tak allot of time and effort...tearing one down only requires knowing where the studs are and all falls down...this administration alone is pulling at those studds every day.
.... You know .... the utopia where all of the wealth is mined from the achievers and spread around and we all become equally poor! No struggling to achieve or accomplish anything and aspiring to mediocrity. Shutting down the economic engines that actually generate capital so that the worries of life are all taken care of and paid for by the compassionate government.
Yup ... a true social paradise! Well ... until they have mined the last vestiges of capital of the achievers bank accounts and have spread all of what was left of the wealth around and realize that they have run out of the other peoples money only to discover there is now no way to generate any more! Then what?
... As the rest of the world has already discovered ... that fatal mistake in the past. The ... "Then What?" ... answer for most of those countries was to always beg, milk, and plunder Americas incredible wealth generated by it's unique system of economics and government .... and we obliged.
Unfortunately ..... that ain't gonna happen now cuz we are now plundering ourselves and dismantling that system that created the wealth that was spawned by our uniqueness. Sadly tho ... apparently the American power brokers just haven't been paying much attention to the economic lessons that have been unfolding around the entire planet and are about to happily and willfully make those same fatal mistakes that doomed the rest of the world.
The first problem is Democrats, and an increasing 3rd world mentality in Washington. Can anyone seriously expect a nation that has elected Obama twice to be stable enough to support successful cities?
All our cities over 500,000 are Dem led and have minority issues
I grew up in a socially conservative.....very...dem run city of half a million
Safe...fiscally sound....growing....great place to be the Beaver...or Huck Finn 50 years ago
What makes or breaks a city is not GOP or Dem....though that matters some...depends
But what kills cities is too many blacks or lower end Hispanics
Its not complicated but it is sad and frustrating and not getting better but rather worse
> What is happening to you America? Once upon a time, the United States was a place where free enterprise thrived and the greatest cities that the world had ever seen sprouted up from coast to coast. Good jobs were plentiful and a manufacturing boom helped fuel the rise of the largest and most vibrant middle class in the history of the planet. Cities such as Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Baltimore were all teeming with economic activity and the rest of the globe looked on our economic miracle with a mixture of wonder and envy. But now look at us. Our once proud cities are being transformed into poverty-stricken hellholes.
Obama happened to America.
This says it all, as predicted by Nikita Khrushchev 1959, at the time Americans thought he was full of it!
“Your children’s children will live under communism. You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept Communism outright; but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of Socialism until you will finally wake up and find that you already have Communism. We won’t have to fight you; WE’LL SO WEAKEN YOUR ECONOMY, until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands.”
~ Nikita Khrushchev, 1959
The concentrated Democrat parasite nests were “turning into” poverty-stricken hellholes 40 years ago. That transformation wrapped up at least 20 years ago.
People tend to link E. St. Louis in with "major cities" when actually it's a small town with a population of 27,027 people.
Take a close look at the cities in question and you will quickly see what political leanings they are following.
He is the result, not the cause. The problems started before Obama was born.
The cause is bad policies; i.e. raping wealth from Americans to pay minority voters. The latter do not have the intellect and self governance to handle their lives. Additionally, we are so stupid so as to turn governance over to people who cannot run their own lives much less ours.
Well, I wouldn't say it is necessarily a post-industrial age, but because it "is" the internet age, I would say that it is becoming a "post-urban" age. People no longer have to live in a congested urban area to have access to shopping, entertainment, art, literature, etc., etc. A resident of Podunk, IA, has access to pretty much anything that a resident of NYC has.....without the congestion, stress, violence, and other negatives.
Yes, that play might be accessed by video rather than seen in person, but apparently a lot of people think that the negatives outweigh the benefits.
And this will just accelerate.
All these cities are democrat ruled minority strongholds.
They cities have not “LOST” manufacturing jobs, they’ve forced them to move away. (That is, democrat policies lead directly to an anti-business atmosphere).
The only solution for cities such as detroit are to bulldoze and let them revert to wilderness or farmland. Of course we’ll need to somehow deal with the feral populations infesting them now.
The deterioration has been underway since the 1960’s. Obama has accelerated the dying, but he’s more symptom than cause.
And yet we are going to ship more immigrants in.
Kind of makes you wonder who the GOP answers to.
“But instead, our politicians have stood idly by as we have lost tens of thousands of businesses and millions of jobs.”
I differ here. It’s not the job of politicians to save jobs. They cannot do it and if they could, they shouldn’t. It’s their job to create an infrastructure—courts, police, property recordation systems, etc within which people create jobs.
I can get anything then can, and the local museums are better here (the Field museum disappoints me every time I go).
But I am not the norm. Many people my age move to the “city” to stay adolescents till their late 30’s early 40’s.
Bring back American jobs now.
Amen Brother. You hit the real problem.
Union labor laws, DemocRAT tax and spend politicians, LBJ’s permanent underclass created by the Great Society.
That guy at the beginning who was saying "this is Detroit's finest hour!" had no idea how right he was. It's been all down hill since then.
Sign #25 - A street named MLK Blvd. If you see one, lock the doors and drive faster to get the heck out of there.
I’ve got the solution - let’s find a few million people who broke the law to get here - and make them citizens...
Well, it’s the ‘solution’ if what we want is more hellholes...