About that Detroit comeback

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About that Detroit comeback

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By John Ruberry

Type “Detroit revival” or “Detroit come­back” into your Google search box and you’ll col­lect a lot of hits and dis­cover glow­ing yarns about the turn­around of what was once one of America’s great­est cities. Here’s one from Forbes just last week. There is even a Pure Michi­gan TV com­mer­cial about Detroit.

But as John Adams once famously wrote, “Facts are stub­born things.”

Yes, there is a Detroit bounce­back under­way but it is cen­tered in down­town and the neigh­bor­hoods that bor­der it. That’s it.

Then there are the facts.

The fis­cal year for Detroit Pub­lic Schools ends on June 30. On July 1 there is no money for sum­mer school or phys­i­cal upkeep, unless the state rushes in for a res­cue. Such a res­cue should not be con­fused with a pro­posed $720 mil­lion one that will deal with DPS’ long-​term debt.

Adding an excla­ma­tion point to the prob­lems of DPS last week was a for­mer school prin­ci­pal who pleaded guilty to accept­ing kick­backs from an allegedly crooked sup­plier. A dozen other DPS offi­cials, most of them for­mer prin­ci­pals, have also been charged with col­lect­ing kickbacks.

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When I vis­ited Detroit last sum­mer I ven­tured into the neigh­bor­hoods out­side of its down­town ring. Places like Grix­dale. This is a typ­i­cal 21st cen­tury Grix­dale block that in 1950 that had twenty homes each with wage earn­ers with fat wal­lets: Two occu­pied homes, two aban­doned homes, the rest are rub­bished filled vacant lots with coarse weeds.

Detroit has some mill­stones that will impede its recov­ery. Its com­mer­cial prop­erty tax rates are the high­est in the nation and city ser­vices are sub­stan­dard. Detroi­ters are bur­dened with a munic­i­pal income tax and pos­si­ble future Detroit res­i­dents who want to dip their toe in the Motor City water by tak­ing a job in the city are sub­ject to a com­muter tax. And Detroit is still a very vio­lent city.

Just last week a study was released that dis­cov­ered that Detroit has the least store­front con­cen­tra­tion of any big city.

Look for the Detroit come­back, such as it is, to pro­ceed very slowly.

John Ruberry reg­u­larly blogs at Marathon Pun­dit.

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Grixdale
Grixdale

By John Ruberry

Type “Detroit revival” or “Detroit comeback” into your Google search box and you’ll collect a lot of hits and discover glowing yarns about the turnaround of what was once one of America’s greatest cities. Here’s one from Forbes just last week. There is even a Pure Michigan TV commercial about Detroit.

But as John Adams once famously wrote, “Facts are stubborn things.”

Yes, there is a Detroit bounceback underway but it is centered in downtown and the neighborhoods that border it. That’s it.

Then there are the facts.

The fiscal year for Detroit Public Schools ends on June 30. On July 1 there is no money for summer school or physical upkeep, unless the state rushes in for a rescue. Such a rescue should not be confused with a proposed $720 million one that will deal with DPS’ long-term debt.

Adding an exclamation point to the problems of DPS last week was a former school principal who pleaded guilty to accepting kickbacks from an allegedly crooked supplier. A dozen other DPS officials, most of them former principals, have also been charged with collecting kickbacks.

Abandoned Detroit school
Abandoned Detroit school

When I visited Detroit last summer I ventured into the neighborhoods outside of its downtown ring. Places like Grixdale. This is a typical 21st century Grixdale block that in 1950 that had twenty homes each with wage earners with fat wallets: Two occupied homes, two abandoned homes, the rest are rubbished filled vacant lots with coarse weeds.

Detroit has some millstones that will impede its recovery. Its commercial property tax rates are the highest in the nation and city services are substandard. Detroiters are burdened with a municipal income tax and possible future Detroit residents who want to dip their toe in the Motor City water by taking a job in the city are subject to a commuter tax. And Detroit is still a very violent city.

Just last week a study was released that discovered that Detroit has the least storefront concentration of any big city.

Look for the Detroit comeback, such as it is, to proceed very slowly.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

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