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How bad is Detroit ?

July 24, 2009 - Steve Schulwitz
The plight of Detroit has been well documented. The fall of two of the "Big Three" automakers have stripped the proud city of its pride of being recognised as "The Motor City." Detroit is a town that has been down this road before. It has survived racially invoked riots, crime, and government corruption. It will bounce back once again. This weekend I am taking a 3 day venture to the area and I will be paying very close attention to how and if the region is beginning to rebound. First and foremost I will be focusing on the cars people are driving. Are they new? Are there more imports? Are they the small, fuel efficient, or the larger gas hogs that President Obama shuns. We are going to visit Comerica Park, The Detroit Zoo and The Palace. I am going to monitor how many empty seats and parking spaces there are at the events. I want to see how many people are spending discretionary funds, or staying home to conserve cash. I hope to see construction. A lot of it. I want to see the stimulus money in action. A better gauge of how the money is being used should be more visible in the region that was to get the brunt of the funds. I called Detroit my home for about 2 years, and it aches me to know the struggles the people there face. The challenges they face are a direct reflection of what the people in Northeast Michigan face, except on a larger more expensive scale. They, as will we, will trudge through this economic Tsunami and be stronger and more efficient afterward. Let's hope the healing has already begun.


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