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