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Subject: RE: Welcome to Detroit. This will blow your mind.
I'm from Detroit. What happened there is what happens anywhere you allow large corporations free rein. The place has been a toxic waste dump for fifty years. Detroit is what you get when you let people who care only about money run things.
The destruction of the city started with the construction of the highways. The racial tensions began during WWII, mostly because of the large number of Southern Whites they imported to work in the factories during and after the war. A lot of those bigots stayed on finding a home where they could fight American blacks rather than German Nazis.
The auto boom of the fifties - including the massive public works program constructing the Interstate Highway System was payback for the auto companies re-tooling to make planes and tanks. Roosevelt, by the way had to beg/threaten them to do it. Many of those car execs were Nazi supporters.
There was no public transportation in the city, no central cultural or arts district to speak of (at least for a city that size) it was - essentially - a place for workers to sleep and buy the stuff they made. It was doomed and in trouble way the hell before Coleman Young was elected to office.
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