In an article in "Jobs expected to migrate with workers to suburbs" the author, Mike Wilkinson does an excellent job in describing the migration of jobs and residents from the factories and urban center of Detroit into the suburbs. He references SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments) that about 35,000 jobs and roughly 185,000 people would be moving out of
That's 35,000 jobs and roughly 185,000 taxpaying citizens lost for
When I married and moved up here in 1999 I wanted to buy a home in the city; become an urban pioneer. There were really beautiful brick homes just south of Eight Mile Rd. that were for sale for $30,000-$40,000 less than a comparable house between Eight and Nine Mile. Then the houses increased $10,000 for each
I couldn't understand this, so I purposefully took jobs that put me in the city of Detroit to get a sense of why my 6'4" husband was reluctant to go anywhere but Greektown or Eastern Market. I couldn't believe what I saw, but the words decay, neglect, vandalism, and apathy come to mind. Did you know some of the 2,000 buildings that were burned out in the race riots of 1967 are still standing there, burnt out windows and doorways gaping open like dead, black eyes. This is 2008, folks!
Why? Why can't they grow past it, and into the 21st century?
In an article entitled: ”A gulf of our own” by October 16, 2005 Chicago Tribune, Mr. Franklin used
If they cannot reinvent themselves, or just stay afloat, what is to become of Midwest cities like
and: "The issue was raised anew in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which re-exposed the underclass of
Like the "
Mr. Franklin believes
"A matter of race" "No other
One out of three
He goes on to say,
“Then there is the matter of race. More than eight out of 10
The migration out of Detroit is by whites AND blacks. It seems to me that blaming the suburbs for the loss of jobs and businesses has become a mantra for Detroiters. I ask, why or how can
I would still love to move to Detroit, and become a part of the solution, but I would have to see property taxes lowered and see that the people who live there have decided they want to live in a better place by working to make their own homes better, and respecting the property of others rather than just complaining about how someone should be doing it for them. These are the things that I believe will stop the migration out of
 For example, for $57,000 I found a three bedroom, 1 1/2 bath brick home with a two car garage and a full basement south of Eight Mile. A similar home (one car garage, three bedroom, horrible basement) between Eight Mile and Eight and 1/2 Mile was selling for $87,000, between Nine and Ten Mile Roads, it went for $97,000, and between Ten and Eleven it was $107,000. Of course all those values have dropped $20 - 40 thousand today, but you see the pattern.
 (I couldn't remember when the riots were so I looked it up in Wickipedia and found that