posted on Nov, 20 2007 @ 10:44 PM
I think maybe a little perspective can be found if one considers that banks are not interested in Detroit. After the riots of the 60's banks and
insurance companies withdrew support in many urban areas throughout the country. That's what prompted businesses to leave areas affected by the
riots. The other thing is that the government made it very attractive for the wealthy and middle-class to move into the the suburbs following World
War II. There was a time in America when the poorest people lived on the outskirts of major cities. That included blacks and whites. However,
because of local governments the whites were able to create new municipal areas outside of cities that through real-estate prices restricted
black participation. That trend is being reversed today in many cities throughout the US.
When I lived in Boston, MA in the late 90's I lived in a section of town called the South End. It was notorious for drug dealing and prostitution
previous to that time. When I moved there, I moved into a brand new secure building and rent was, pardon the pun, dirt cheap. My share was $150 for
a two bedroom apartment plus two parking spots in a secure garage in the basement of the building. In Boston! I had two roommates and one person
used the den as a bedroom since it had a door. By the time I left in 2003 my share of the rent had been adjusted to $575 per month. The neighborhood
underwent extensive renovation. Two new condominium complexes were built within two blocks from where I lived where the price of the cheapest units
were $1 million dollars! The street was reconstructed, sidewalks widened, and abundant lighting added. A new overground subway line, a trolley, to
shuttle workers between the South End and downtown's financial district. Very cool and trendy nightlife spots opened within a 5 minutes drive or
20-25 minute walk along that particular street. The building that I lived in was maintained very well by its owners. Without knowing it at the time,
my roommates and I had moved into a neighborhood that had been designated for "gentrification". The city moved all of the scum out and gradually
moved all of the well to do into the city. I moved out of the city not because of price but because I relocated out of state. However, it must be
said that I KNOW that I wouldn't be able to afford my old apartment today. My roommates and I were college students and so we weren't treated by
the landlords like the locals (those originally from that area during its sleazy stage), so we were able to move into that brand new building while
the locals were not. My point is that in retrospect it was very obvious how the financing and real estate brokers were working to get rid of poor
blacks and attract rich whites. They basically were forcing blacks to the outskirts of the city or to other crummy areas of Boston, and making it
much more desirable for whites to move from the suburbs back into the city, in addition to appealing to the young and affluent professionals
representing, finance, technology, medicine, law, and education; folks who had traditionally sought comfortable lifestyles outside of much of the
There's no question that what happened in the South End of Boston couldn't have happened without the participation of banks. No matter how badly
the city would have liked to clean that section up, it simply would not have occurred unless bankers agreed to it. So from this example, I don't
think it's hard to see how bankers can create value of properties by simply ignoring them for a certain amount of time. From my own personal
experience, I would say that RealTruth's prognostication for an environmental change in Detroit for the better is more than certain. With the value
of natural beauty already built into the landscape and environment there, you can bet that bankers and real estate developers have been refining plans
for Detroit's renaissance/rejuvenation/gentrification for decades. It will happen but only when banks give the go-ahead.
Blame is easy to place and race is easy to point out, but the reason's for Detroit's problems involves many factors. First is that when businesses
and banks decided to abandon Detroit, what skills did the one's left behind, the black population, have in order to keep the city going? Clearly
finance/banking and social engineering in the context of human resources management and community building were not well represented. I think if
those two factors were represented in abundance among the black people of Detroit that it would be in much better shape today. I believe the same
could be said about many areas affected by the aftermath of the 60's riots. Anyway, other skills would also have been needed, business skills,
educational skills, political skills, and on an on. I think it can easily be said that many, if not all, of the necessary skills and abilities needed
to maintain a city the size of Detroit are not abundant within the majority of its population. Many white people enjoy the benefits of the fruits
produced by a few very smart, very sophisticated, and very capable white people. If that small clique of ability were to leave whites stranded
without the necessary knowledge and fortitude to maintain, develop, and grow that city, then results such as today's Detroit would be inevitable.
Name any trailer park in the US, and ask the same question of its people, why haven't they done more?
Other glaring factors. Where are the drugs and illegal firearms coming from that enable the plague of crime in Detroit to persist and subsist off of
its majority population? Every city can get rid of certain types of crimes if it WANTS to. I'm not talking about displacing the crime to another
area, I'm talking about getting rid of it. Everyone knows that crime persists in a city through some of its top elected and appointed officials.
These days that's a given, sad to say. Crime is big business. No crime, no prisons, no security guards, no cops, no hot potato political issues to
ensure votes. Any phenomenon is allowed to happen if it's backed by an economy and an industry. While one group of people might get their mugs
plastered on the 10'oclock news every night, the fabric that assures their demise is made up of many groups of people. Whites, Blacks, Hispanics,
Asians, all are involved in official capacity of allowing crime to ruin lives for the sake of economics and industry.