I was reading an article in the Detroit News this morning about Detroit residents finding suburban jobs inaccessible due to transportation. It’s one of the things that struck me when I first started driving to Detroit for my job. I’d look at the neighborhoods and say where do people around here work? I’d see houses, churches, restaurants, and hairstyling places but I didn’t see any place I would care to work. Apparantly all the good jobs are in the suburbs.

I’d see lots of abandoned buildings and houses that looked like a scene from Iraq (not capping on your city “D” just trying to describe the problem.) This is the issue that was being addressed by the News article. This quote jumped out at me:

“Unregulated employment growth has social and economic consequences. It means black households are isolated from employment opportunities,” said the study’s author, Michael A. Stoll, a public policy professor at the University of California at Los Angeles.

If the blame is being placed on unregulated employment growth, I think it’s safe to assume the author is advocating regulated employment growth.

What does that mean? That companies will be require to open any new offices in the troubled areas? Or is it a tax break for those who voluntarily do so? If companies are not opening up businesses there it must be for a reason. Is it even advisable to compel business to open up shop in neighborhoods where the local Subway sandwich shop is bulletproof and even the local denizens are wary about making a trip to the corner store?

Perhaps instead of regulating business to bring the jobs there the people who live there should do what everone else did: flee. Bugging out for you own good doesn’t mean you don’t know where you came from. Perhaps you know only too well.

Flee like Barry Sanders did from the Lions when he knew they weren’t in it to win it, like Tina did from Ike. Like Nichole tried to from O.J. When unemployment, crime, and lack of good transportation are major issues what more reason do you need to look out for you and your loved ones? The Motor City is no longer a Mecca for people seeking jobs in the automotive industry. Those days are long gone and it’s time to adjust. The reason people flocked to Detroit fifty years ago is the same reason they should leave now: jobs.

Move to where the jobs are, even if you have to room with friends or relatives for a while. Malcolm X said there are two kinds of people in the ghetto: the half that works and the other half that live parasitically off the first half. That’s not a burden I would be willing to bear. Don’t stick it out waiting for the jobs to come back. They won’t. I can safely say this because the government is trying to make it happen and we all know how effective government anti-poverty programs are.

Move anywhere. Move to Lansing. It’s more multicultural here anyway. And then maybe one day when The City starts to empty out new businesses can creep in and start redeveloping Detroit block by block. And not because the government says to it but because it will one day become economically feasible.

18 Responses to “Detroit”

  1. The "D" says:

    This just give the preachers something to talk about on Sunday. Another excuse people can use to expalin why they are not working. It has nothing to do with the weed habit, tattoos, gang affiliation or tardiness problem. Look the jobs are out there because Detroit taxes are ridiclous. The people that want to work find a way out to the suburbs believe that!

  2. Phelps says:

    Ooh, I’m about to get pithy: Detroit is the Amtrack of America.

  3. Mexigogue says:

    My first trip to Detroit was in 1984 when my brother’s dad died. He was from Detroit so we had to go there for his funeral. His brother Terrance had his girlfriend and her younger sister in the car when they came to pick me up.

    The sister was about my age and she was a knockout. I was all cool in my 1984 clothes and I heard her whisper to her sister that I was cute. I wanted to open my mouth to come up with something to say to her but nothing came out. Lionel Richie was singing “Penny Lover” in the background. I will remember that moment forever.

  4. Mexigogue says:

    because I didn’t score. My only hope is that at 35 maybe she’s fat and nasty now.

  5. The "D" says:

    The ones that are that fine always end up bad if they don’t take care of themselves. Esecially when they drop a kid or two.

    Phelps that was mean! true! But mean!


  6. guy in the UNLV jacket says:

    I love how people in Detroit complain about no jobs. It’s like hey stupid your parents or Grand parents moved here from down south when there were no jobs there now it’s time to relocate to where the jobs are instead of crying about all the jobs being located in Troy or Livonia……Hell that’s what the Illegal Mexicans are doing here in Arizona, coming over the borede and scooping up the construction jobs. Man those clowns in the “D” should get up off of their butts and come here. A good construction job beats the hell of no job

  7. guy in the UNLV jacket says:

    Here is a link to the Author of that study. I would probably classify him as a left leaning liberal weenie….

  8. Mexigogue says:

    Thanks for the link dude that is priceless. Especially this:

    Over the past two years Michael has been examining the role of geography in producing differential labor market outcomes across different racial/ethnic groups in Los Angeles and Washington, DC.

    Yeah dammit, it’s not my fault I don’t have a job. It’s that damn geography! Geography just came and snatched my damn job!

  9. guy in the UNLV jacket says:

    Man geograhy is worse than the Japanese, Indians and the illegals at stealing peoples jobs…

  10. The "D" says:

    Look my grandparents and parents had no excuses for anything. You coped with your situation and got on with your life. I hate loafers that want someone to help them out all the time. Screw that!! Flip some burgers at Mickey D’s or something. there is a job for everyone. You just have to find it!

  11. Brian says:

    Location does actually have a lot to do with it. For example, if you live in a house with no doors, you can’t leave to go to work. Hmmm? Argue with that. Or, another good example: let’s say you built your house underwater, and you need to breathe water to live, and all of the so-called “good jobs” are on land…HELLO? What’s a poor Aquaman to do? C’mon, people…be more sensitive…I think Mr. Stoll’s study is totally valid and not a waste of money at all! Open your minds!

  12. guy in the UNLV jacket says:

    I used to live outside of a house with no doors…

  13. Kelvin says:

    I feel like everyone is just pointing fingers. How about this? When the jobs began leaving, the police stopped policing at some point. Which then leads to more crime, and an unsafe work environment. In order to kick-start the economy 1st you need to make the streets safe enough the people don’t look behind them. We are having this same problem in Iraq right now. The people need to feel safe to spend money. And spending money will bring the businesses.

    For those of you who don’t know I’m from NYC, and when they cleaned up Times Square what did they do 1st? They had to make it safe again. Up until 1990 Times Square was partially vacant. Prostitutes, pimps, muggers, panhandlers, and what not. Then Guilliani(spelling?) rolled in an army of cops, and then after it was safe the companies started to come back.

    If we just follow the jobs then we never solve the problem of why jobs moved in the 1st place. If a town is safe then they have the ability to leverage new businesses to come and take the place of the displaced jobs.

    Let’s cure the disease and stop treating the symptoms.

  14. rae says:

    What a tool.

    First of all NYC boy-have you ever even been to Detroit? Second, have you ever met a Detroit cop? (Besides my Uncle Matt) Third, safety is an illusion-a feeling-not a condition.

  15. guy in the UNLV jacket says:

    WHere do you suggest they get the $$ Kelvin? Cleaning up Detroit is a little harder than cleaning up the 7 or so blocks that comprise Times Square. Detroit is a whole hell of alot bigger than Manhattan and doesn’t quite have the tax base as NYC

  16. Kelvin says:

    Do what they did in NYC raise the taxes. When Rudy took over there were people getting rapped on the subways at night, and all sorts of craziness. No one liked it for the first couple of years but then after a few years when crime began to fall people didn’t complain.

    Yes, Rae safety is an illusion but it is an illusion that the people must believe in. Without those illusions many things fall apart in our society.

  17. guy in the UNLV jacket says:

    Who are they going to tax in a city with 16.9% unemploymnet? Detroit already has some of the highest city taxes in the nation and the city gumment is tetering on the edge trying to avoid bankruptcy. Raising taxes would be like getting blood from a rock. The answer for Detroit is tha same as the urban revitalization programs in Chicago, D.C. and Harlem. You let the suburbs choke on their own growth. Then redo an entire neighborhood and entice some trendy group back to that area with low cost but trendy housing. Raising taxes will only keep people away. Let me see If I live in Royal Oak and pay X amount of property and no city income taxes. Then why would I want to move to Detroit and pay (X+y) ammount of taxes plus a city income tax?

  18. Phelps says:

    NYC can get away with raising taxes because there is enough established infrastructure to create a barrier to exit. (It costs more to get out than to just pay the taxes.) Detroit doesn’t have the luxury; instead, there is almost no barrier to exit, and the higher taxes actually creates a barrier to entry for new business.

    Anytime your answer for an economic problem is “raise taxes”, you are probably giving the wrong answer.