Who Killed Detroit City and Why?

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Cities don’t die because of hap­pen­stance. The city of Detroit has been mur­dered by the same forces that are slow­ly killing cities all across the Unit­ed States.

Detroit Becomes the Largest US City to Declare Bankruptcy


On July 18, 2013, Detroit declared Chap­ter 9 bank­rupt­cy to squelch most of their $18 bil­lion in debts. The Chap­ter 9 fil­ing occurred only four months after the appoint­ment of an emer­gency finan­cial man­ag­er. ‘Let me be blunt: Detroit’s broke,’ says Michigan’s gov­er­nor, Rick Sny­der. Sny­der went on to say that Detroit is the heart of Michi­gan and if Detroit is in trou­ble, Michi­gan is in trou­ble.

Detroit is the largest Amer­i­can city to declare bank­rupt­cy, offi­cial­ly suc­cumb­ing to job loss­es in the auto indus­try, decades of pop­u­la­tion flight, and the col­lapse of rev­enue to cov­er every­thing from polic­ing to street light­ing.

By the end of this arti­cle, the read­er will come to see the prophet­ic wis­dom of Gov­er­nor Snyder’s words as the bank­rupt­cy of Detroit is a por­tend of what is to come to most Amer­i­can cities.


Detroit Was Once the Pride of Amer­i­ca

At the height of Detroit’s suc­cess as a city, the city was a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Amer­i­can mid­dle class dom­i­nance. It was great­est man­u­fac­tur­ing city ever seen on the plan­et. Detroit made cars that were the envy of the world.

At its peak, Detroit was the America’s fourth-largest city, with more than 1.8 mil­lion peo­ple. Detroit’s pop­u­la­tion loss­es began in the 1960s with migra­tion to the sub­urbs. Then in the 1990′s Detroit fell vic­tim to glob­al pol­i­tics and lit­er­al­ly, the roof caved in.


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