In Ayn Rand’s book…..ATLAS SHRUGGED……..She described how American Cities would die…….she called hers Starnesville. Detroit fits that description. BANKRUPT.
A few houses still stood within the skeleton of what had once been an industrial town. Everything that could move, had moved away; but some human beings had remained. The empty structures were vertical rubble; they had been eaten, not by time, but by men . . . The inhabited houses were scattered at random among the ruins; the smoke of their chimneys was the only movement visible in town . . . Beyond the town, on a distant hill, stood the factory of the Twentieth Century Motor Company. Its walls, roof lines and smokestacks looked trim, impregnable like a fortress. It would have seemed intact but for a silver water tank: the water tank was tipped sidewise.
This is Cass Technical High……where I went to school in 1958.
For Sale $100. The Chas. W. Hauschrr building.
What isn’t dumped in the street…..is stolen.
80,000 houses are in this condition. Anything of value has been stolen……….plumbing and wiring ripped out and sold.
This is the house where I lived in 1950.
The only sign of life near here is a liquor store on Jefferson Ave.
A hundred abandoned schools. Illiteracy is almost 50%.