Originally posted by beezzer
reply to post by olaru12
In order to avoid the mistakes of the past, we first must learn what they were.
Here is one interesting take with a nugget of truth, but certainly open to debate...a shrinking tax base resulting from shrinking population and a
“In the case of Detroit, the reason that the tax base has become so small is because a loss of population, right?” she asked. “So folks move
out, they are not there to pay the taxes on the homes, and the kind of deterioration is what you see in the numbers you’ve suggested.”
“But this lack of tax base is also exactly the thing that many Republicans would impose on us, even when our cities have sufficient populations,
even when our communities have sufficient populations,” she continued. “This is what it looks like when government is small enough to drown in
your bathtub, and it is not a pretty picture.”
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now...the leap here is that Anti-Gov conservatives push for less taxes, less spending on public services etc.
But how much of the shrinking population of detroit can be linked to people fleeing a city with little in the way of public services or upkeep.
And how much of that reduction in public funds available (tax base/population) is a result of financial crisis, jobs outsourcing vs. conservative
reduction in spending or taxes.
At the end of the day...we have a shrinking city, leaving behind abandoned homes...crime...and dramatically less funds to police the streets and keep
Detroit's population lowest since 1910..this means tax dollars, infrastructure, services, fire, police, quality of life etc. etc.
So the question is Chicken or the Egg?
If "Big Government" restructures Detroit...infuses funds to improve City Services, tear down abandoned buildings, build parks...Will population
return? Will Industry return? Will Jobs return?
Or "Drown Government in the bath tub"...we let the economic pressures follow thier course of collapse...and Industry will either one day return
taking the risk and tax dollars will follow with jobs and industry...or industry will not return and detroit will continue to constrict and collapse,
more crime etc. over the comming years.
If a hurricaine had destroyed Detroit vs. economic pressures, outsourcing and "free" trade etc. it would be a sightly easier debate.
Either way....whatever the answer...a lot of demolition should be done...many abandoned homes and rotting buildings are crime havens and fire
If we are looking to let Detroit shrink under the free market, we need to prune the deadwood. Maybe build parks or at least leave empty land/lots for