Saturday, January 18, 2014

Mourning in Motor City: Murder Rate Among Highest in the Nation

 Good Day World!

The last time I was in Michigan was in the early 1970s with my father. We went up to Marlette to visit his brother and family.

I remember laughing at the tiger teeth that came onto the television screen whenever a Detroit Tiger would get a home-run during the 1972 season when Billy Martin was the manager.

Upstate Michigan was pretty laid back. In Detroit, Motown Records was setting records with great performances by Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, and Jackie Wilson.

Motown was an American record company founded by Berry Gordy, Jr. in 1959 in Detroit, Michigan. The name, a portmanteau of motor and town, is also a nickname for Detroit. Motown played an important role in the racial integration of popular music by achieving a crossover success.

But Detroit, like the rest of the great State of Michigan, is in the dumps now. It’s become the Murder Capital again, and the population heavily reflects people who can’t afford to leave the chaos. Those with money slipped out slowly over the last decade leaving a shell behind them.Detroit became the first American city to declare bankruptcy.

It’s sad to see. Here’s a recent article about the increase in crime:

“A dwindling population -- 706,585 people in 2011, according to the U.S. Census estimate -- and the rise in homicides combined to make Detroit’s murder rate among the highest in the nation, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Police Chief Chester Logan announced at a press conference.”

 Read the rest here 


Time for me to walk on down the road…

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