Will Detroit’s downtown ever really come back?
I was just in Chicago a couple of weekends ago for the 1st time in 5-6 years and loved it. It’s not so much, ‘what can you do there’, as much as it may be, ‘what CAN’T you do there”. I walked all over the place. There were plenty of places to eat, beautiful women walking/ jogging around, cops on 4wheelers and Spiders, and if i wanted to shop, I had plenty of options, with the mall, department stores, little boutiques, etc. I’ve also been to Boston (5-6years ago) and I haven’t been to Cleveland in years, but I can’t imagine a major metropolitan city being worse than Detroit. Sure, is Chicago corrupt? Absolutely it is and has been, including the state of illinios for years. Every state and big city is. It’s just a level of ‘how’ corrupt they are. Yet it seems these cities continue to be leaps and bounds ahead of Detroit. Corruption, it seems, has taken cities that I named (and plenty more) in one direction, and it has taken Detroit, for years and years in another. It’s almost as if Detroit can’t even be corrupt right. Bad joke, I know. Bill Davidson, a few years ago, in a interview from 1 of the papers, from when he was getting inducted to the basketball HOF, said basically, that Detroit was failed from the start, because it relied so much on the auto industry, which ran the city in so many ways. That when it started to stumble & fall, the city did the same and had no backup plan. No mass transit, which in turn, means no malls, department stores, food markets, plenty of bar&grills, just forms of entertainment that help assist in making a big city viable. He may have had a point.
I hate to make this a racial thing, but unfortunately it really does boil down to that, I used to live in Atalanta a city a high population of African Americans (much like detroit), Downtown AtL is a ghost town after 6 pm, the entertainment district is in Buckhead (North Atlanta) , So look at Detroit our entrainment district is Royal Oak, why because white people feel safe in these areas, why go downtown when you have what they’re looking for in the burbs. Once downtown becomes diversified than it can grow, but we all know that will never happen.