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DETROIT GOES BANKRUPT, CHICAGO AND OAKLAND ARE WARZONES. WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?

July 21st, 2013 · No Comments · Social Commentary

Detroit Warzone, Chicago Warzone, Oakland Warzone

Detroit Warzone, Chicago Warzone, Oakland Warzone

If you have been reading this column for some time you know that every now and then I give the special “What The Hell Is Going On” stamp to a blog post. This is one of those.

DETROIT GOES BANKRUPT, CHICAGO AND OAKLAND ARE WARZONES. WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?

When I used to think of Detroit, Oakland, Chicago, New Orleans and Cleveland I thought of basketball, baseball or football. Professional sports teams that played in front of crowds in big cities that could afford them are still there, at least for the time being.

I’d think of Isaiah Thomas, Rollie Fingers, Michael Jordan, Pistol Pete Maravich or Brian Sipe (remember him?).

However with all the news that keeps coming about the nation’s biggest cities being essentially failed mini narco states or otherwise being abandoned due to natural disasters I guess the question is which one is next?

New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina had whole neighborhoods wiped out. I’m not sure that people here in New York could fathom what it meant to have a whole neighborhood wiped out. Then Hurricane Sandy came along. Much of Brooklyn was flooded and parts of Queens destroyed.

Since the collapse of the steel industry, almost half of Cleveland’s population has disappeared. Having serial killers running about doesn’t help attract (at least the right kind of) people. Pittsburgh, Buffalo (Willie Stargell, Jim Kelly), all cities I associated with flipping baseball cards are becoming deserted.

Now the news that Detroit is filing for bankruptcy. Images that looked more like Chechnya shown on Face The Nation as embattled Governor Rick Snyder fumblied for words didn’t inspire confidence. He literally said that city workers would still get paid and that the 58 minute response time from cops would get better.

58 minutes? Most people are dead in 5. But his rationale was that citizens could expect “not normal” but “regular” service. In other words regularly bad if any service which be not normal.

Typical.

The bottom line is over the past forty or so years the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and a small part of the middle class gets scooped upstairs as the rest get marginalized.

Oh… and the King has no clothes.

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