Detroit – Then and Now


       What you are looking at are the fruits of urban redevelopment as practiced by a city that pioneered it, and has consistently pursued it for several decades, at times for the avowed benefit of General Motors and Chrysler.

2 thoughts on “Detroit – Then and Now

  1. Dorian

    That’s what happens when an entire city’s economy becomes depend on a couple of corporations. How awful. Big business pushes all the small businesses out and abandon the city once things go bad. Reminds me of this post I read at another blog about no compete clauses. Just that in this case, it’s almost entirely unfair.

  2. gideon

    No, that’s wht happens when the government adopts a policy of favoring suburbs at the expense of cities, and provides incentives such as cheap home financing, favorable tax laws, and builds roads to make it convenient for suburbanites to commute to work in the city. Add to that the adverse city conditions during the 1970s and beyond, such as rising crime rates, poor law enforcement, riots, a catastrophic decline in the safety and quality of urban schools, and what you have is a prescription for urban populations leaving the cities. Detroit is the worst, but much the same has happened in Cleveland, Buffalo, Newark, Camden, Flint, Bridgeport, St. Louis, Kansas City Philadelphia, etc. all of which were not one or two company cities. Add to that redevelopment that for decades tore down low and moderate cost urban housing and replaced it with shopping malls etc., displacing in its heyday hundreds of thousands of urban dwellers a year, and that’s what you get.
    Detroit’s coddling of GM and Chrysler by condemning private land (notably the wretched Poletown redevelopment project) only made things worse in the ong run, and ironically, did not savev those cmpanies from bankruptcy.

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