“I’m sweating my makeup off. Everything is falling apart.”
But this is sad…
What happened mane
Global recession prompted an economic crisis.
No, what caused thus was a wholesale move of ALL of Americas manufacturing base to China. Detroit was a hub of manufacturing of many items that are now made by virtual slave labor in China and sold here at the same price that the items once made in Detroit sold for, so you see the huge profit potential right.
Partly, but Detroit is a unique case.
Detroit is surrounded by the some of the richest zip codes in the entire country. That city is an example of what can happen when our wealthiest turn their backs on their neighbors and ask the poorest communities to shoulder the financial burden of intensive urban infrastructure, cultural community, and re-building, and then lock themselves away in their enclaves of obliviousness. It is an example of self-segregation’s impact.
Detroiters seceded physically and economically from Detroit, and left its core to die. While other cities around the country have rebuilt and grown, Detroit had no funds with which to do that. It was simply starved out.
Regionally, locally, nationally, we are all in the same boat. We can create other Detroits around the country if we choose to do so. Or we can focus on raising the tide.
The condition of Detroit is a cautionary tale of apathy built on selfishness. We can all learn from it.