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I am originally from Detroit. I have family that live on seven and eight mile that I visit every six to eight months. It seems that the living conditions get worse every time I go out there.I love Detroit because its my home town. The fact that it keeps getting worse deeply saddens me. If you have any ideas on what could be done to help improve the living conditions please respond. I appreciate it.
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Originally posted by ebonygoddess:
I am originally from Detroit. I have family that live on seven and eight mile that I visit every six to eight months. It seems that the living conditions get worse every time I go out there.I love Detroit because its my home town. The fact that it keeps getting worse deeply saddens me. If you have any ideas on what could be done to help improve the living conditions please respond. I appreciate it.


Ebonygoddess, I feel the same way... I was born in Detroit and stil have a lot of family there. Last summer I visited the house I grew up in for the first time in 23 years and the neighborhood had really gone downhill...
I've noticed the same trend, from personal experience. And in my case it has nothing to do with gangs, drugs, or prostitution, which obviously plagues the larger cities. Dissimilarly, I beleive the real estate brokers have labeled my old community as a "black neighborhood" in a "white town." There is simply no influx of new money, or new interest. Frankly, I don't mind, because there is nothing wrong with a black neighborhood that is drug-free, gang-free, and without prostitution. Seperately, many blacks simply don't improve their grounds/real estate because they don't have the cash. This is evident to even the average passer-by-er who doesn't even have an eye for real estate. My biggest complaint in my old neighborhood are simply, "IF you OWN it KEEP it (neat)!" This is something that will help the community you live in become more appealing, and thus it will be sought after (property values will remain at average ask price).
nonoI don't think that us "ex Detroiters" , myself included, should be looking back on "the D" feeling sorry for its decline and commenting about its decline when OUR ABSENSE only contributes to that fact. As far as I am concerned, as an EX Detroiter by choice, I am not qualified to complain about the situation of current Detroit when I could be making a difference there.

That having been said, the answer to your question lies in why are we "EX" Detroiters if we love the city so much? Obviously we love something else more than living in Detroit.... for instance.... having a job. Therein lies the issue for Detroit. Its economic base, which is hyper dependent upon the auto industry, is severely in contraction. All one has to do is read the national headlines concerning the problems of the auto industry to put 2 and 2 together. Detroit IS the auto industry.

That having been said, we need to put this in the proper perspective with the rest of black America. Detroit, nearly 90 percent black, is a microcosm of black America to a certain degree. Indeed, have you thought to consider that black America is also in decline and Detroit only reflects that fact? I can guarantee that older black communities all across America are having the same issues. Even the booming Metro Area of Atlanta has its primary city, Atlanta that has deteriorating neighborhoods and one of the highest poverty and crime rates in the nation. Now its suburbs, like Detroit's, have a different story to tell as most growth and investment is either suburban or condos in the cities core.

Let me repeat again, THAT having been said, we need to put black America into the proper context of America. The real deal is that AMERICA is on the decline, if no one has told you. When an economic entity gets in trouble, the last hired is usually the first fired and as America wanes economically, black people will absorb the fallout disproportionately, which will be reflected in the statistics of predominantly black cities. Cities with large white population, like Chicago, which also have large black population, mask the issues taking place in the black communities there. When you see statistics on Detroit, these are essentially statistics for Blacks since the city is nearly 90% black.

America is in trouble...morally and economically. The only reason that this nation is not in a recession is due to the fact that the WHOLE NATION is borrowing to finance its spending and hence standard of living. The federal government has a record debt and future entitlements coming due that will only make it larger. The average American has zero in savings and spend from credit cards and refinancing of their homes. Real (adjusted for inflation) wages of Americans have stagnated for the last 5 years, if not declined, when they usually always increase in economic recoveries. The nation imports more goods in dollar value and volume than it exports and the gap is growing. American companies are taking their job an opportunity oversees for cheaper labor. Cheap immigrant workers are allowed to pour into this country and drive down the wage rates for unskilled Americans. H1-b visas are granted to technically educated people in other countries to come here to work so they can pay them less than their American counterparts. There are many American engineers out of work while employers of engineers say that the government needs to allow more engineers from other countries to come in because of a said SHORTAGE of engineers.

Some times we relocate to cities that look much better than the city that we come from. I moved to Minneapolis from Michigan. Things look much better here than there in the inner cities. But guess what...ask the people who grew up in the inner cities here and they will lament to you a story of decline. Its not JUST Detroit. The decline of 7 and 8 mile follows the decline of Mcnichols (6 mile). Just like the desert expands, so does the hood. Soon Southfield, Oak Park and inner-ring suburbs will decline as exurban communities in Livingston County, Macomb county and other BOOM.
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I am originally from Detroit. I have family that live on seven and eight mile that I visit every six to eight months. It seems that the living conditions get worse every time I go out there.I love Detroit because its my home town. The fact that it keeps getting worse deeply saddens me. If you have any ideas on what could be done to help improve the living conditions please respond. I appreciate it.


I have lived in the great city of detroit for my entire life. Linwood!!!!

I cannot understand why so many keep saying that detroit is continuing to decline. Last year detroit surpassed the neighboring suburbs in new house construction. The NFL commended the City of Detroit for being the perfect host for the Super Bowl. Detroit did a wonderful job of hosting the baseball all star game. Detroit is on the rise. Detroit has successfully seen the major expansion of it's inner city University Wayne Stae University. the Detroit medical Center in collaboration with WSU now offers state of the art health care, and if i not mistaken WSU is ranked among the top 100 universities in the Country for it's medical school.

Detroit has plenty of reasons to boast in 2006.

I grew up here. I remember when downtown belonged to the gangs, I remember when you couldn't walk down Joy rd, Dexter, 7 mile, 6 mile, schoolcraft, Jeffries service dr., Mack, without worrying about being beaten up, or robbed. things have changes dramatically. Downtown has two beautiful stadiums, there are three thriving casinos downtown, dozens of new restaraunts and shops. GM is transforming the riverfront into a new residential/commercial environment. there are plans for a boardwalk along the riverfron from jefferson (Ren Cen) to
our inner city Island, Belle isle.

Detroit is moving. the Cass Corridor blight is steadily shrinking and being replaced by lofts, some upscale.

Those who talk negatively about my city..probably haven't visitied in awhile.



Kai

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