SEARCH BLOG: DETROIT
A month ago, I wrote about Detroit, Michigan that:
Today, Nolan Finley, editorial page editor for the Detroit News wrote:
So, overall collapse is nearer.
- The school system is nearing the point of collapse. The city's government is inept and corrupt.
- The only decent and honest mayor in the past 3+ decades, Dennis Archer, left in disgust and Kwame Kilpatrick was immediately elected by the residents of the the city... a testament to their unbridled stupidity and racism.
- Vast tracts of the city are uninhabited or uninhabitable.
- The governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, has too many problems of her own to get involved in Detroit's fiasco.
- And Michigan's economy is no longer able to subsidize the city.
Mr. Finley went on to urge residents of Detroit to get angry:
A city must be awfully hard to kill. How else do you explain that Detroit is still breathing?
Detroit is down with a fatal case of chaos. The structure of government has dissolved, with every public institution in dysfunction and disarray. Last week's shouting match between City Council members and mayoral appointees looked a lot like anarchy.
And it was brought on by public officials who are all about serving themselves, rather than their people.
Kwame Kilpatrick once promised to leave a legacy as the boy wonder who gave Detroit back its dream. Now, his stubborn refusal to step aside despite facing perjury and corruption charges has assured he will be remembered as the man who strangled a city.
In other places, the City Council might be counted on to offer stability when a mayor stumbles. But this is Detroit, and the Detroit City Council on its best day barely rises above inept.
Instead of putting out the fire, the council poured on fuel by getting itself entangled in a federal bribery probe. The council can't very well yank the mayor for corruption when some of its members may be heading to the courthouse with him.
While City Hall is burning, no one seems to notice that the Detroit school board is at war with its newly hired superintendent. The school district has mismanaged its finances so thoroughly that it is just a bounced check or two away from insolvency.Try packaging all that into a two-minute elevator pitch to sell Detroit to investors, job creators or new residents.
Can Detroit be cured? Maybe. But you're kidding yourself if you think a return to health will require anything short of a miracle.
The prescribed miracle is for Detroiters to get mad as hell and declare they're not going to take it anymore.
But instead, Detroiters are sitting on the rooftops like the pitiful Katrina victims waiting for a rescue boat to float by.
That boat's not coming.
This is your city. You can't wait for the business community to do something. It's got no vote. You can't wait for Gov. Jennifer Granholm to do something. She's got no spine.
As a city, you've got to lift yourself out of your deathbed.
Unfortunately, Mr. Finley, the residents of Detroit have proven... for the past three decades... that they are more interested in promoting "black" politics than a good city. That's why they have Kwame Kilpatrick as their present mayor. That's why they had Coleman Young as a mayor for two decades.
As the old saying goes:
Be careful what you ask for; you may get it...