Monday, December 13, 2010

What Happens Next.

The city of Detroit has been bankrupt for a long time. It just hasn't faced reality. All the clever "fixes" and accounting tricks to keep the city operating have now run their course. Mayor David Bing, the man with the unenviable task of trying to somehow save the city, has apparently settled on a strategy of "consolidation." Seven of the city's nine "wards" (if you will) will continue to receive city services. The other two will be abandoned to drug gangs and crazy people.

Think about that: 20 percent of the city of Detroit (by acreage) will have no police protection, no fire protection, no schools, no road repair, no services of any kind, at all. Thirty years ago it was one of the richest cities in America.