February 22, 2013 3:19 PM by Smash
Forbes – Forbes put Detroit Mayor Dave Bing on its cover in 2011 for a story with the optimistic headline: “City of Hope.” The premise was that the city had hit rock bottom and was poised for a turnaround.
“Right now, it’s all about survival,” Bing told Forbes.
Two years later, Detroit’s problems continue to multiply, sadly. It is still dealing with high levels of violent crime and unemployment. Home prices, already at historic lows, plummeted a further 35% during the past three years to a median of $40,000 as net migration out of the city continued.
The latest blow was Tuesday’s announcement that the city is on the verge of being taken over by the state. Detroit is in a financial emergency and cannot pay its bills. The city has been issuing debt to fund day-to-day operations. The continuing problems propelled Detroit to the top spot in our 2013 ranking of America’s Most Miserable Cities.
For starters, I’ve never been to Detroit. Well, I was in their airport once but anyone who claims they’ve been to a particular place because they were in the airport are assholes. But Detroit is one of those “never been, never will go” cities. Unless I could somehow be placed directly in Comerica Park or Joe Louis Arena, I never see myself going there.
I feel like Detroit really brings down the state of Michigan. Other than Detroit, I’ve heard great things about the mitten. If you live in a city where “it’s all about survival” it might be time to look elsewhere. I could look up the history and why it sucks now but I’m not gonna do that. Can’t they just bulldoze the entire place and rebuild or something? How can a city suck this much?
What do people in Michigan think about Detroit? Do they have some weird love and pride for it? I feel like it’s their stepson that have to pretend to love. Deep down they want it gone but it’s not going anywhere. If you’re from Michigan I would love to know.