Will the Last One Leaving Detroit, Turn off the Lights??

2012 May 24
by drdog09

Well that is the general saying. But in a budget crunch the City of Detroit is flipping the switch off early —

Detroit, whose 139 square miles contain 60 percent fewer residents than in 1950, will try to nudge them into a smaller living space by eliminating almost half its streetlights.

As it is, 40 percent of the 88,000 streetlights are broken and the city, whose finances are to be overseen by an appointed board, can’t afford to fix them. Mayor Dave Bing’s plan would create an authority to borrow $160 million to upgrade and reduce the number of streetlights to 46,000. Maintenance would be contracted out, saving the city $10 million a year.

Other U.S. cities have gone partially dark to save money, among them Colorado Springs; Santa Rosa, California; and Rockford, Illinois. Detroit’s plan goes further: It would leave sparsely populated swaths unlit in a community of 713,000 that covers more area than Boston, Buffalo and San Francisco combined. Vacant property and parks account for 37 square miles (96 square kilometers), according to city planners.

“You have to identify those neighborhoods where you want to concentrate your population,” said Chris Brown, Detroit’s chief operating officer. “We’re not going to light distressed areas like we light other areas.”

The consequences of this action will turn objectable areas into a warzone. Marginal areas will be under increased predation. ‘Safe’ areas will become marginal.

America needs to look very hard at Detroit. It is a microcoism of what happens to an environment run by Democrats. An area whose primary income source now is the federal government not local businesses. THIS is the outcome of a ‘fundamental transformation of the nation’ envisioned by Barack Obama. A transformation from a Grand Republic to a Banana Republic.

Detroit’s woes did not start with Obama. But its decline has been precipitated by a long line of uninterrupted line of Democratic Operatives going back to the 60’s.

If this is what you want America, Detroit is your bellwhether. Otherwise vote differently in November.

28 Responses leave one →
  1. 2012 May 24 10:57 am
    bc3b permalink

    I went to a Catholic high school in Detroit just before “the riot.” The Detroit neighborhood my high school was in was actually nicer than the inner-ring suburb where my family lived. My high school was about three miles from a black neighborhood, but it was a decent black neighborhood, one I wasn’t afraid to walk through. The houses were kept up and the grass was trimmed. There was no garbage on the streets.

    Detroit had decent schools and good services at the time. The city also was about 55% white.

    My high school moved to the suburbs and the Catholic church where my graduation ceremony was held hasn’t been a Catholic church for 30 years and Mongignor Stitt is spinning in his grave.

    The riot changed everything, but the Great Society was the coup de gras. When you tell people they no longer have to take care of themselves because the government will, it’s all over.

  2. 2012 May 24 11:04 am
    justrand permalink

    Amazing…yet for months we’ve had the LSM touting the resurgence of Detroit!!

    Is this the “next round” that Clint Eastwood spoke of in that ridiculous commercial he made for Obama?

  3. 2012 May 24 11:06 am

  4. 2012 May 24 11:27 am
    drdog09 permalink


    I am sadded by what Detroit has become. It had a once great past even before the auto industry sprung up. In 1900 Detroit was already one of the richer cities in the country and was listed 13th in pop. But it gets better! By 1920 it had risen 4th in pop and its wealth increased even more. That is pretty heady stuff in the space of two decades.

  5. 2012 May 24 11:33 am
    drdog09 permalink

    They don’t even want to hide it anymore — http://www.tmz.com/2012/05/23/bill-clinton-porn-stars/ — Clinton poses with porn stars.

    Now think of it. Had Clinton done a threesome on the Oval Office rug and not lied about it he might never have seen an impeachment hearing. His poll numbers would have gone up too. The male pop saying, ‘were it only me’. The female pop wondering, ‘boys will be boys’ and rolling their eyes.

  6. 2012 May 24 12:29 pm
    MI Conservative permalink

    I asked bc earlier if MI could be in play since te pop. dropped so in Detroit.

  7. 2012 May 24 12:47 pm

  8. 2012 May 24 12:48 pm
    bc3b permalink

    DOJ Forces University to Let Male Use Women’s Rest Rooms:


  9. 2012 May 24 12:50 pm

    A New Jersey Democrat mayor and his son were arrested Thursday by the FBI for allegedly hacking into an email account and website tied to a recall effort — and then intimidating those associated with the site.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76723.html#ixzz1vooK4pqL

  10. 2012 May 24 1:26 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    11, Odd that. If I were that group that was intimidated by the Mayor I would file class action status and civil rights violations under the Voting Rights Act of ’64.

  11. 2012 May 24 1:46 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Looks like it might be time to look for a different brand of hot dog — http://www.8bitdad.com/2012/05/15/bad-dadvertising-oscar-mayer-14312/

    Oscar Mayer is screwing with Dads.

  12. 2012 May 24 2:05 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Something that I should have pointed out in this post is the following line — “We’re not going to light distressed areas like we light other areas.” One could take that as a very racist comment. Par for the course for a Dim, but there it is.

  13. 2012 May 24 2:58 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #18 NICE.

  14. 2012 May 24 3:27 pm
    JustMary permalink

    #14 Agreed…and also…that is exactly the type of woman who scratches her head in disbelief when her husband leaves her for a twenty-something bartender.

    Anyhoo…eat Hebrew National. MUCH better hot dogs. It’s the only brand we buy.

  15. 2012 May 24 3:56 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Love Hebrew Nationals!

    As to looking for the y0unger woamn syndrome. Happens more than it should. You would figure we men would be a tad smarter than just repeat the same mistake.

  16. 2012 May 24 8:08 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    Detroit should be the poster child for government entities run by Democrats.

    The GOP should run an ad showing the “tale of two cities”. Show what Detroit was like when last governed by Republicans. Then show what it is today after 50 plus years of Democrat governing.

    America – your choice.

  17. 2012 May 24 8:47 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “More fundamentally, each time the government expands its effective authority over economic decision-making, it sets in motion a variety of economic, institutional, and ideological adjustments whose common denominator is a diminished resistance to Bigger Government.” -The Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Higgs

    Sounds like what happened to ole Detriot, eh?

  18. 2012 May 24 8:55 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    ‎”The free market punishes irresponsibility. Government rewards it.” – Harry Browne

  19. 2012 May 24 9:00 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink


    “John Stossel: Why Government Fails—But Free Individuals Succeed”

  20. 2012 May 24 9:16 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “If one accepts that a Western power elite (one funded by the central banks it controls) is attempting with considerable vigor to advance the cause of world government, then the attacks on the US’s civil and human liberties make a lot more sense.

    There is no doubt the US is being assaulted (along with the West generally) when it comes to freedoms. Homeland Security is a regular and increasingly invasive force. Habeas corpus has basically been suspended and US citizens seem to stand exposed to their own government’s will when it comes to a determination as to whether or not they are to be considered terrorists – and subject to summary execution or abduction.”


  21. 2012 May 24 9:18 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Romney seems the quintessential “empty suit” – someone who tailors his responses in whatever manner he needs to based on the audience he is addressing or the goal he deems necessary to fulfill.

    Obama has certainly proven to be a similar sort. In fact, this is not surprising given that both are putatively employed by the power elite that has created the policies they endorse.”

  22. 2012 May 24 9:21 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “The farther away the democratic process gets from making a credible difference in people’s lives, the more these other forces come into play. They are not democratic ones and the powers-that-be are surely aware of their possibility.

    Conclusion: Homeland Security just purchased hundreds of millions of hollow point bullets. Coincidence?”

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