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April 22, 2008

The Commodore sent me this article from his former home. Link

The gist: Detroit, a city built for 2 Million, now has 900,000 people in it. Folks who are out of work and out of hope often burn their houses. The firefighters have to pay for their own toilet paper, entire companies are forced to sit idle because of lack of city funding, and even the brass fire polls were recently auctioned off. Scary…good lord….

What happens when the rest of the 900,000 that can leave, do leave? What then?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Shane permalink
    April 22, 2008 8:48 am

    Yeah, was reading about something similiar, on a smaller scale, in Youngstown. Crazy.

  2. April 22, 2008 10:22 pm

    There’s a really good book called The “Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America’s Man-Made Landscape” by James Howard Kunstler which details the effect cars have had on the landscapes, social-scapes and economic-scapes of the US there’s a whole chapter on Detroit, and it’s slow death. When I hear all this hooha about hybrid cars and biofuels, even by so-called greensters it pisses me off because the problem isn’t what you put in cars. It is the cars themselves. The solution isn’t biofuels, which cause other problems, or any of that, it’s beginging to redesign the physical societies to funcion without the daily use of cars. Nothing againsts, but the design of society to need the fro necessities, such as getting to school or to buy food, its rediculous. If they could they’d market a machine that is necessary for breathing. The only fault I found in the book is where the author on two pages allowed his personal anti-right view be visible, otherwise it’s a completely non-political book. “The more you drive, the less intelligent you are.” Seems I heard that somewhere before. Detroit is just the advanced guard of where the whole U.S. could be heading.

  3. April 22, 2008 10:31 pm

    That mangled sentence was meant to read: Nothing personal against cars, but society has been engineered so that cars are necessary for necessities, such as getting to school or buying food, it’s crazy. It’s a strange form of slavery, or maybe bondage is a better word, and it’s called freedom. Freedom is not having to have a car, and all its connected expenses, to work or eat.

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