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Saul Good
11-21-2009, 11:18 AM
This isn't one of those times.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6926247.ece
Unburied bodies tell the tale of Detroit — a city in despair

The abandoned corpses, in white body bags with number tags tied to each toe, lie one above the other on steel racks inside a giant freezer in Detroit’s central mortuary, like discarded shoes in the back of a wardrobe.

Some have lain here for years, but in recent months the number of unclaimed bodies has reached a record high. For in this city that once symbolised the American Dream many cannot even afford to bury their dead.

“I have not seen this many unclaimed bodies in 13 years on the job,” said Albert Samuels, chief investigator at the mortuary. “It started happening when the economy went south last year. I have never seen this many people struggling to give people their last resting place.”

Unburied bodies piling up in the city mortuary — it reached 70 earlier this year — is the latest and perhaps most appalling indignity to be heaped on the people of Detroit. The motor city that once boasted the highest median income and home ownership rate in the US is today in the midst of a long and agonising death spiral.

After years of gross mismanagement by the city’s leaders and the big three car manufacturers of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, who continued to make vehicles that Americans no longer wanted to buy, Detroit today has an unemployment rate of 28 per cent, higher even than the worst years of the Great Depression.

The murder rate is soaring. The school system is in receivership. The city treasury is $300 million (£182m) short of the funds needed to provide the most basic services such as rubbish collection. In its postwar heyday, when Detroit helped the US to dominate the world’s car market, it had 1.85 million people. Today, just over 900,000 remain. It was once America’s fourth-largest city. Today, it ranks eleventh, and will continue to fall.

Thousands of houses are abandoned, roofs ripped off, windows smashed. Block after block of shopping districts lie boarded up. Former manufacturing plants, such as the giant Fisher body plant that made Buicks and Cadillacs, but which was abandoned in 1991, are rotting.

Even Detroit’s NFL football team, the Lions, are one of the worst in the country. Last season they lost all 16 games. This year they have lost eight, and won just a single gane.

Michigan’s Central Station, designed by the same people who gave New York its Grand Central Station, was abandoned 20 years ago. One photographer who produced a series of images for Time magazine said that he often felt, as he moved around parts of Detroit, as though he was in a post-apocalyptic disaster.

Saul Good
11-21-2009, 11:21 AM
I didn't know that Detroit used to have the nation's highest median income and home ownership rate. Oh well. Keep doing the same thing and expecting different results.

Rain Man
11-21-2009, 11:56 AM
This country needs the Lions to start winning again.

Stewie
11-21-2009, 12:00 PM
The sin of hubris trickles down.

Saul Good
11-21-2009, 12:23 PM
It would be sad if they weren't just reaping what they've sown. Until there is some acknowledgment on their end that they made their own mess, I can't muster up much sympathy.

KCTitus
11-21-2009, 12:29 PM
Will there ever come a time when the light goes on and someone, anyone says...'Hey, what if we tried something different? What if we stopped taking all the money and redistributing it, got out of the way and let business flourish?'

Or is this the future model of the other 49 states?

Saul Good
11-21-2009, 12:43 PM
Will there ever come a time when the light goes on and someone, anyone says...'Hey, what if we tried something different? What if we stopped taking all the money and redistributing it, got out of the way and let business flourish?'

Or is this the future model of the other 49 states?

You did see the results of the last Presidential election didn't you? It was in all the papers.

redsurfer11
11-21-2009, 03:59 PM
You did see the results of the last Presidential election didn't you? It was in all the papers.


People can't afford newspapers.

RJ
11-21-2009, 05:47 PM
Saul Good, I am not picking up what you are laying down? What is the lesson from this thread?

Saul Good
11-22-2009, 07:19 AM
Saul Good, I am not picking up what you are laying down? What is the lesson from this thread?

Liberal politicians and union bosses have had free run of this city for 3 decades. It used to be the most prosperous city in the country. Now, it's Detroit. It has literally been turned into the least prosperous city in the country. There was no earthquake. There was no tornado. There was no hurricane. All it took were a bunch of greedy assholes with no foresight to kill a golden goose. What's not to get?

To make things worse, instead of changing the way they do things, they keep doubling down on their failures.