Some people are inspired by Chicago and there are those who follow Detroit (which probably is the consequence). In Michigan for many years considers this metropolis symbol of the global crisis! But why?
Many believe that what happens in Detroit indicate a little the shape of things to come, or a taste of times to come but we certainly hope not because that city is not a luxury travel destination but is in many ways a nightmare. The latest news tell us that bankruptcy is just around the corner and the city is about to pass under the control of the State of Michigan. Which is also a disaster politically as well as a prelude to violence: while Detroit is in fact a population predominantly of color and democratic orientation, the state is largely white Republican and their mentality is rather backward. Not a simple perspective.
Detroit, the decline of which we have followed so far, seems to increasingly slip into scenarios of science fiction-style Escape from New York. The population has reduced from 1 million and 800 thousand to 750 thousand in just a few years. Almost half of the citizens fled to seek better opportunities elsewhere. The geography of the town is now completely schizophrenic, with large areas of abandoned and reduced to a hole, in the center black crime is at unprecedented levels, throw dead bodies in the street, the bands are the good and the bad undisturbed because the municipality and the police forces have neither money nor means.
There was some desperate attempt to create jobs, to transform Detroit into a city in transition with urban gardens and with activities at zero km. But the situation is so serious that tax debt prevents any resurgence. Debt situation is of course considered far more important than a metropolis that is dying with its citizens in constant danger of a community torn apart and left to itself. I may be naive myself but it seems to me absurd that this is always less important than the usual financial matters.