Detroit: One Of Our Greatest Cities Has Become A Desolate Wasteland Where The Lawless Reign

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Once upon a time, Detroit was one of the greatest cities in the entire world.  Today, it has become a desolate wasteland where the lawless reign.  Once upon a time, Detroit was a teeming metropolis of about 2 million people.  Today, it has become a rotting war zone with a population that is down to about 700,000.  Once upon a time, Detroit was known for good paying manufacturing jobs and it was packed with middle class homes.  Today, nearly all of the good paying manufacturing jobs are gone (many of which has been shipped overseas), and there are more than 30,000 vacant homes in Detroit.  The city was once a shining example for the rest of the world, but now it is a laughingstock for the rest of the world.  If you can believe it, more than 50 percent of all children in Detroit are living in poverty, and close to 50 percent of all adults living in the city are functionally illiterate.  The high school graduation rate in Detroit is down to about 25 percent, and the city has become a breeding ground for gangs and violence.  The number of murders in Detroit is already higher than last year, and recently groups of young men toting AK-47s have been running around robbing gas stations.  How much worse can things possibly get for Detroit?

Many of those in Detroit that are trying to live normal, honest lives find themselves living in fear.  There are not enough police officers to deal with all of the crime, and the criminals know it.  Ten years ago, there were approximately 5,000 police officers in the city of Detroit.  Today, there are less than 3,000.

As a result, many average citizens have been arming themselves so that they can defend themselves and their families.  This has led to quite a few violent confrontations with criminals.  As I discussed the other day, justifiable homicide in Detroit rose by 79 percent during 2011, and the rate of self-defense killings in Detroit is about 2200 percent above the national average.

At this point, even the police are telling people to “enter Detroit at your own risk“.  The number of murders has already exceeded the total from all of last year and we still have about a month to go…

The killings were the latest in what has been a particularly violent year in Detroit. The city announced last week that homicides rose this year, reaching 354 through Thanksgiving after totaling 344 for all of 2011.

And now the criminals are becoming even bolder.  As I mentioned above, gangs of young men with AK-47s are terrorizing gas stations all over Detroit.  The following is an excerpt from a recent article by the CBS affiliate in Detroit

Detroit police are investigating whether a group of AK-47 wielding robbers who hit two gas stations Wednesday morning are responsible for several similar crimes that have recently occurred across the city.

What would you do if you were confronted by a group of young men with AK-47s?

Police seem to think that this group of young men is responsible for a whole string of gas station robberies that have occurred in recent weeks…

Investigators are also looking into whether the two incidents are related to a string of other gas station robberies in the city, all of which are believed to have been carried out by the same group of men.

Police say those men robbed at least 11 gas stations in a two-week period. Then, just hours after police put out a public notice about the robberies, the group struck again — this time robbing six different gas stations in one hour. In every instance, police say the suspects will cover their faces, walk into a gas station armed with assault weapons and announce a hold-up.

In other instances, groups of young men have decided to “move in” and take over entire gas stations…

A Detroit man says his business is being held hostage by a group of teenagers who continually loiter inside and out of his gas station.

“There’s a lot of good people around here,” said the station owner, who wished to remain anonymous. But now, those good people aren’t coming as often to the Marathon station along W. 7 Mile Road on the city’s west side.

“This is a Bad Crew gas station,” said one teen loitering out front on Tuesday. When asked what that meant, he said, “If you don’t know, I can’t even tell you.”

When the police are called, the teens just disperse and return later.  Police say that there is nothing that they can do to keep them away permanently.

It is so sad to watch what is happening to what was once such a great city.

Detroit was once known for making the greatest cars in the world.  Now, it is known as a dumping ground for the dead

From the street, the two decomposing bodies were nearly invisible, concealed in an overgrown lot alongside worn-out car tires and a moldy sofa. The teenagers had been shot, stripped to their underwear and left on a deserted block.

They were just the latest victims of foul play whose remains went undiscovered for days after being hidden deep inside Detroit’s vast urban wilderness — a crumbling wasteland rarely visited by outsiders and infrequently patrolled by police.

Detroit was once a symbol of everything that America was doing right.  Now it is an example of everything that America is doing wrong.  The following is what one British reporter discovered during his visit to Detroit….

Much of Detroit is horribly dangerous for its own residents, who in many cases only stay because they have nowhere else to go. Property crime is double the American average, violent crime triple. The isolated, peeling homes, the flooded roads, the clunky, rusted old cars and the neglected front yards amid trees and groin-high grassland make you think you are in rural Alabama, not in one of the greatest industrial cities that ever existed.

Most of the abandoned homes and most of the abandoned vehicles in Detroit have been looted and stripped bare.  Thieves are ripping up anything that they can and selling it off.  In Detroit today, criminals have stripped so much copper wiring out of the street lights that half of all the lights in some Detroit neighborhoods no longer work.

Things have gotten so bad that many people are afraid to drive through the city in the middle of the day.  The head of the bus drivers union, Henry Gaffney, says that his drivers are literally “scared for their lives“….

“Our drivers are scared, they’re scared for their lives. This has been an ongoing situation about security. I think yesterday kind of just topped it off, when one of my drivers was beat up by some teenagers down in the middle of Rosa Parks and it took the police almost 30 minutes to get there, in downtown Detroit,” said Gaffney.

Needless to say, many people that are able to move away are getting out while they still can.  In the worst areas of Detroit, property values have been horribly depressed.  Some homes in Detroit have even been sold for a single dollar.

So what is the answer?

Well, Detroit Councilwoman JoAnn Watson says that since citizens of Detroit overwhelmingly voted for Obama, that Obama should return the favor by sending a whole bunch of money to Detroit…

“Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that,” said Watson. “Of course, not just that, but why not?”

Nearly 75 percent of Wayne County voters pulled the lever for Obama in November.

What do you think?

What is the solution to Detroit’s problems?

Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below…

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  • Mater of the obvious

    You voted in Obamination!
    and that’s what you got……….just sayin.
    You can’t fix stupid.

    • adapa

      Obama or mitt who said let the city go bankrupt. Wow what a choice!

      • Yank 44

        Detroit has been a gang infested city for many years. If you are white and are stuck there, look out! The blacks will discriminate against you and put a serious hurt on you.
        You may think I’m a racist and maybe I am, but, I can tell you first hand, if you are white, you better stay away from West 7mile road.

        • adapa

          Racism has nothing to do with FEAR. No matter what urban environment that you may find yourself in, you must know how to navigate if you don’t you will become PREY. It doesn’t matter what color you are they only see green. By no stretch of the imagination do I condone this barbaric behaviour but, you have to understand the socioeconomic cause and effect.

    • Nexus789

      Your comments are obviously very pointless.

      Has nothing to do with Obama. In fact Obama tried to assist GM and all they did was use the public money to set up production in China rather than the US. The only thing the administration could have done is made any loan conditional on production remaining in the US but that could not have been made binding.

      Detroit as a manufacturing centre has been in decline for 50 years (through success administrations). It started when overseas car manufactures entered the US car market with better products and local producers were slow to innovate. It has since been accelerated by US car makers moving production to China and else where in the world. For every frontline job there is in a car maker up to four are lost in the supporting supply chain.

      Much of Detroit could be returned to the country – bring down the decay and replace with greenery and trees. Not sure what to do with the people though.

  • Anonymous

    “There’s a lot of good people around here,” said the station owner, who wished to remain anonymous. But now, those good people aren’t coming as often to the Marathon station along W. 7 Mile Road on the city’s west side.

  • mercury

    “There’s a lot of good people around here,” said the station owner, who wished to remain anonymous. But now, those good people aren’t coming as often to the Marathon station along W. 7 Mile Road on the city’s west side. I’m guessing whoever wrote this doesn’t know what wishes to remain anonymous means.

    • Yank 44

      You got that right. Please leave me anonymous also

  • DOUG


  • Steadysteve

    Burn it all. Let it go back to farmland.

  • Burn it. Burn it all.

  • gardenia-3

    Detroit has been a wasteland for more than 30 years. My answer, after reading the above article is to
    bulldoze the entire city. A firing squad for those
    gangs, as they have no future, anyway. That councilwoman is functionally illiterate. Saw her a few x’s on TV. She’s been laughed at and ridiculed since that video. A poor excuse for city government! She’s a “taker”. She can have Detroit all to herself. Her IQ is 72, at best. I hope she feels embarrassed now. Probably not! Find a way to end the breeding and give the gene pool a break. There is no other solution. Maybe put that Rice babe in Detroit to play the Embassador role for 10 years. Close that Detroit Airport. Detroit was a dump back in the early 80’s.

  • Yank 44

    Instead of sending soldiers over to the Middle East, the military should stay home and fight the terrorist we have here in The U.S. that are called, “GANGS”
    We have no reason to be fighting over there when we have so many enemies here at home on our own soil.
    I hear them say , “We are fighting so Americans can live free”
    If you want to protect Americans freedoms, stay in America and guard our boarders and get rid of illegals and protect honest hard working Americans from ruthless gangs destroying our way of life.
    Gangs in these big cities have been preying on innocent people for far too long.
    If our government isn’t going to stand up to these cowards, they shouldn’t prosecute us for doing so.
    Maybe they should use their drowns and bomb the Hell out of Detroit. It is more of a war zone than Afghanistan.

  • anon

    When there’s blood on the streets, buy property.

  • SKIP

    Not one mention of the problems of Detoilet being caused by blacks!

  • L.A.

    This is major parts of New York, Chicago, Oakland, Philadelphia and parts of Boston will be in 2 – 5 years. All thanks to Obama’s and Democratic policies bankrupting cities and the nation. All productive people should move out of Detroit. Abandon their property, because the only other option is to die for it. Let the scum and gangs feed and kill each other. When there are just a few left, come and reclaim your town and property, string up the last remaining gangs that have canabilized each other – possibly literally since no one will be bringing fresh food supplies into town.

    • SKIP

      “All productive people should move out of Detroit. Abandon their property”

      They already have L.A. that’s why Detoilet is 97% black now, all the productive types have left.

  • Smarty

    “Police say that there is nothing that they can do to keep them away permanently”.

    Yes there is. Untill we eradicate the porch monkeys, this will continue.

    It’s time to admit to the problem, and identify it by COLOR !!!!!!!

    Shoot these bags of shit, and throw them in a landfill. Problem solved.

    • SKIP

      Your username is appropriate, good ideas too.

  • Mark Owen

    I worked in Detroit for 10 years, since 9/11 when the patrol boats were going up and down the river by the Ren Center. When I saw the city workers all standing around in their orange vests leaning on their brooms and shovels, Not one city worker, councilman,garbage worker, mayor, or police higherarchy were white, does that not tell you something, burn the place down, dont shut the door and leave the lights on on your way out and do not look back! You cannot help those who dont want it or appreciate it.

  • Send the troops home from Afghanistan.and send them into the new third world country America. By that I mean Detroit.

  • stock

    They want handouts.

    I lived there in the 1980’s.

    It is union attitude and high union extractions that caused the death of Detroit, saw it coming, amazed it took this long.

  • Mark Owen

    To blame the downfall of a city like Detroit on the unions is laughable. You must be some kind of a moron, unions are what made that city great, better wages, better medical care, overall better standard of living, most of the people who migrated to detroit, were poor dumb ignorant had nothing to begin with, went there and prospered.

  • Anyways12

    This is a non-issue. An event that will self-resolve. Everyone will either be dead or gone from Chicago in a few years’ time. I feel bad for the struggling, law-abiding citizens but people are going to do what’s normal for them.