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Detroit’s only remaining growth industry

You’re probably thinking it’s the auto industry since Obama’s been taking credit for its recovery (which presumably occurred because of his wondrous economic policies), never mind that the industry isn’t recovering in any recognized sense of the word. But you’d be wrong. It’s the worldwide demand to tour the smoldering ruins of unchecked liberalism on display in the former "Motor City" that’s propelling the city’s comeback.  Apparently people are willing to pay for this "once-in-a-lifetime thing" and, fortunately, there’s at least a few entrepreneurs left in the Detroit area to take advantage. Via Alana Semuels at the LA Times:

DETROIT — He’d heard stories of ruin and blight, but that didn’t prepare Oliver Kearney for what he saw:

Prostitutes roaming the streets at 8 a.m., rubble-strewn parking lots overrun with weeds, buildings taken over by bright pink graffiti, the message scrawled on blackboards in deserted schools: "I will not write in vacant buildings."

He took 2,000 photographs his first day.

"No other American city has seen decline on this scale," Kearney said. "It’s really a once-in-a-lifetime thing you’re going to see."

And he saw it all on a tour.

Kearney, an 18-year-old aspiring architect, persuaded his father to travel with him from Britain to Detroit to participate in one of the city’s few burgeoning industries: tours of abandoned factories, churches and schools.

Led by tour guide Jesse Welter, they crawled on their hands and knees to peek inside a train station closed long ago; they squeezed through a gap in a fence to climb the stairs of what was once a luxury high-rise; they ducked under crumbling doorways to see a forgotten ballroom where the Who held its first U.S. concert.

"In Detroit, you can relate, you can see traces of what’s happened, you can really feel the history of a city," Kearney said. "In Europe, when things become derelict, they’ll demolish them."

That’s not possible here. The city estimates it has 78,000 vacant structures, and demolishing each derelict residential building costs $8,000 — money the bankrupt city can’t afford.

So Detroit has become the new Pompeii buried by the Mount Vesuvius of Democrat fiscal policies. Personally I’d prefer to avoid these decaying monuments to modern liberalism (like Count Dracula avoids the sun) and spend my travel dollars on something more productive — skiing, for example — but what do I know? No one has ever accused me of having a single cultural bone in my body. From my childhood I recall my parents dragging me and my siblings around the unbearably hot Virginia countryside touring old Civil War battlefields when all we wanted to do was return to the hotel and dive into the refreshingly cool swimming pool.  I digress.

I disagree that sifting through the ashes of Detroit is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I have no doubt other locales will soon follow (if they haven’t already).  Chicago. Cleveland. The entire state of California. Any municipality which has been run into the ground by decades of uninterrupted Democrat Party rule is a likely candidate. Read Semuels’ entire piece and watch the video here.


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  • JDCampbell

    Nice post. Kind of like, "Escape from Detroit".

    25 Facts About The Fall Of Detroit That Will Leave You Shaking Your Head

    Fact that Detroit has a proud history, and a lot off people who were born and raised there care about its future. It will take a lot to recover from years of mass corruption and mismanagement.

    • Tom Ferriday

      After the 12th street riots of 1967, all the educated, hard working and self-reliant people fled to Macomb County and other neighboring communities. When you look at Detroit today, you can see the results of their flight

      • misterlogic0013

        Essex county NJ inner city on the edge .. Booker Town USA ..

  • qtdb7

    Margaret Thatcher:
    The problem with socialism is soon or later it will run out of other
    people’s money.

    "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the
    gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."
    – Winston Churchill

    • john norton

      …!!!-) We are seeing the result of it… !!!

  • john norton

    I Know.,…..whats hapening in Detroit is happening all over,…most posters here know what the real story is….I do…/

  • Tom Ferriday

    The fact is that anywhere you have socialists and a large minority population, you’re going to see Detroit-like communities. And with the election of the avowed communist, Bill de Blasio, New York City will be next.

  • Founders1791

    Free Markets could fix this or at least ameliorate the plight

    – give a group of salvage operators incentive to take down the ruins and restore the land to original condition within 2 years. The incentive would be they get to keep all salvaged materials and 5% of choice post border city acreage.

    – un-incorporate half the restored land and give it the to surrounding counties shrinking Detroit size as well as its costs.

    – shame billionaire liberals into building ‘poor farms with housing’ for 10% of the remaining acreage. The homeless and disadvantaged can provide food for themselves with charity guidance, and the housing can be built using recycled salvaged material by volunteers like habitat for humanity.

    – that would leave a city half its former size and costs with sizable portions of restored land available for parks, bike paths, and incentives for future expansion.

    ….or let it rot and sell more tickets under the banner Rome Fell Too

    • misterlogic0013

      irony = its that easy .. take it easy .. happy happy happy new year .. duck call, happy happy happy .. lets roll can be done on highway sixty one .. little things add up. Sarah wins ..

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