Quote Of The Day

In a story about Detroit’s median home price — $7,500:

On a positive note, Detroit’s homicide rate dropped 14 percent last year. That prompted mayoral candidate Stanley Christmas to tell the Detroit News recently, “I don’t mean to be sarcastic, but there just isn’t anyone left to kill.”

Hat Tip: The Big Picture

  • http://anarchangel.blogspot.com Chris Byrne

    If there is a better example of throwing good money after bad as nothing more than a poltical sop, detroit is it.

    If no-one wants to live or work somewhere, there shouldnt be a city there. That is clearly the case with detroit, and has been since the 80s, and everyone who isn’t delusional knows it.

  • Peter

    I think a big distinction should be drawn between Detroit and its suburbs. The suburbs form a series of functioning cities in a crescent around the black hole of Detroit. What Detroit needs is to essentially buldoze huge swaths of itself and start over.

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  • Bill Goodwin

    Poor Detroit. What a sh*tshow. This, in combination with this unbelievable article, makes me despair for the city. But hey, as Chris said, there’s no reason that a city should exist if no one wants to live in it.

  • Peter

    I liked this line, in among the rest of the descriptions of Detroit’s problems:

    “It also has one of the highest property tax rates in Michigan, yet has over 60,000 vacant dwellings”

    Could this be cause and effect? If I had the choice of buying a house in Detroit or a similar house in Warren, right across the street, just thinking of the amount of taxes would send me north to Warren. This is just one of the many, many reasons people would avoid Detroit, if possible.