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Housing Crisis Much Worse Than Thought
Posted by: MichaelW on Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Or maybe it's just that Detroit sucks.
Detroit has lost half its population since its heyday of the 1950s, and every year the city hemorrhages an estimated 5,000 people more. First it was white flight to the suburbs; then with the city's continued spiral into poverty and violence, blacks began to flee to those same suburbs. And while census figures show that whites are returning to some of the nation's largest cities, Detroit is experiencing a flight of a different kind. As the Imbrunones' second funeral demonstrates, Detroit is experiencing the flight of the dead.
Excuse me while I chuckle at that last sentence. "Flight of the dead"!?!?!? Heh. Sounds like a great George Romero movie. [/chuckle]
The movement of the dead from the nation's largest black city to its overwhelmingly white suburbs is a small, though socially symbolic phenomenon, revealing the grinding problems of race, crime and economics that plague both sides of Eight Mile.
And apparently both sides of the Pearly Gates. Is this guy serious? Remember that you have to go to journalism school to get a job writing like that.
From 2002 through 2007, the remains of about 1,000 people have been disinterred and moved out of the city, according to permits stored in metal filing cabinets in the city's department of health. Looked at in another way, for about every 30 living human beings who leave Detroit, one dead human being follows.
Spooky. What's he gonna do when he catches up with them? Eat them? Is it a zombie dead person, or more like Caspar the friendly ghost? Is he all mucousy and half-rotted, or more invisible-ish? There are so many questions left unanswered it really makes you wonder what "journalism school" gave this guy a degree.

On an existential note, is a dead person a "human being" or a "human been"?

OK, moving on ...
Moreover, anecdotal evidence compiled by a Detroit professor suggests the figure may be twice as high, meaning city records may be incomplete and that thousands upon thousands of deceased people have been relocated from the city over the past 20 years.
Anecdotal evidence? Was that professor named Frankenstein? I would have guessed Doctor Detroit, but he was only involved in moving live flesh (not to be confused with his colleagues who ran a brothel out of a morgue).
Although there is little information or statistical evidence regarding the phenomenon across the country, it is quite likely that Detroit and its surrounding communities lead the way, as it does in population loss among the living.
Hmm. I guess it really is that Detroit just sucks. Or maybe they just want to move to Chicago so they can vote.

This story really gives new meaning to the Motown Shuffle.

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Just why does Detroit $uck?
Written By: shark
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Unions killed Motor City.
Written By: Is
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Just why does Detroit $uck?
Dunno, shark. You’ll have to ask those who are leaving. That may require a seance. And I would be sure to have some holy water, a cross and few silver bullets just in case, since the news report was woefully uninformative as to exactly what sorts of dead people you’ll be dealing with.
Written By: MichaelW
I believe this is an attempt to say the population in Detroit is far below that being claimed. There’s a huge difference in available federal government funding if your population is above or below 1 million. Detroit for a long time worked very hard to claim that 1 million.

I believe there’s a implication Detroit’s current population (which may have officially slipped below 1 million) is a fraud.
Written By: jpm100
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Unions killed Motor City.
The Detroit died for several reason. One of which were the Auto Companies hitting hard times. But not the only reason. They fled the city almost as much as the Whites did. Mayor Coleman A. Young probably has the dubious honor of being the lead cause.

Legacy commitments to the Union are killing the auto companies today. But back then, Jimmy Carter using a trinity of regulations to force small cars on an unreasonable time table and US trade policy of indifference to the practice of currency fixing had much more negative impact on the auto companies’ health than unions did.
Written By: jpm100
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"The Detroit died for several reason. One of which were the Auto Companies hitting hard times."

I don’t buy that. Detroit died in 68’ during/after the riots. Sure, more recently the automotive manufacturing slow down has hurt and hurt hard as well as other manufacturing losses and leadership woes. But the city has been dead for some time.
Written By: markm
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The riots put the stake into Detroit’s heart. So many people fled the city that it became a wasteland filled with pockets of civilization. The last decade of democrat run Michigan has only pushed the stake deeper. High taxes on the automotive industry in order to prop up the city drove out new companies and hindered the Big 3, and now that they are suffering the local governments don’t know what to do. There is no one left for them to tax. its so bad that I’ve heard union guys threatening to vote republican.
Written By: the Brain
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Reminds me of the Kentucky Fried Movie:

Dr. Klahn: The CIA thinks they can infiltrate the Mountain of Dr. Klahn!
CIA Agent: You can’t scare me, you slant-eyed yellow b@$tard.
Dr. Klahn: Take him to... Detroit!
CIA Agent: No! No, not Detroit! No! No, please! Anything but that! No! No!
Written By: Crusader
I don’t buy that. Detroit died in 68’ during/after the riots. Sure, more recently the automotive manufacturing slow down has hurt and hurt hard as well as other manufacturing losses and leadership woes. But the city has been dead for some time.
That’s a misperception. Partly because that’s the last time Detroit recieved any national attention. So based on limited information, people blame the riots, even though other cities had riots as bad and recovered from them. The difference is that there was not real effort to recover from them.

Detroit was hurt by the ’68 riots, but Detroit didn’t become a wasteland until Young took over. But the national media wasn’t going to cover the failure of a newly elected Black Mayor. Even though he was the embodiment of corruption, it is/was politically incorrect to talk about that. Especially the local media, which still considers itself based in Detroit refused to talk about it.
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