Americans, honest question: What the fuck is wrong with Detroit? I'm checking the place out with Google Street View and the burbs are really fucked up. There are a lot of boarded houses next to really well preserved ones.
So, what's the deal?
The industry collapsed, and there were a lot of black people who moved there for work (this is called the great migration) who were stuck there and now they're dirt poor. The white people just left.
American auto companies started mass outsourcing of labor, which was a huge sector of the local economy. All the people with money moved out to look for opportunity elsewhere and the middle class whites went soon after. The poor blacks left behind lacked the means to move and the education and drive to revitalize the economy.
Decades of dysfunction and corruption in city government, white flight/general depopulation, and the city is geographically huge.
At its peak in about 1950, Detroit had 1.85 million people. Today it has 680,000.
Wow. I can't belive an entire city would fall because of all these issues. Amazing and very sad. I'm watching a documentary now, the history of Detroit is really interesting... from afar.
Manufacturing sector collapsed and took the factories with it, meaning a lot of people were unemployed. The white people had enough money to move away to find other jobs so now you're just left with a bankrupt city filled with unemployed and often violent blacks. Obviously these people have no interest in maintaining the places they live in so the suburbs and city are run down
Complaints about gentrification always make me laugh
>too many of those damn white people are moving in and displacing the vibrant black culture we created in this town when too many of us moved in and displaced the vibrant white culture that was originally there
The UAW and other unions held the automotive industry hostage until they got eaten alive by foreign competitors and companies were forced to outsource most heavy manufacturing jobs. This anti-competitive labor market, coupled with widespread corruption that has become de rigeur for Midwest Democrats and extensive white flight, meant that Detroit's ship had sunk.
It was more economics than race.
Detroit was the center for the US automobile industry in the mid century, but as the industry became more decentralized and built plants in other parts of the US and world, the good paying jobs of the boom era dried up.
The rise of Japan as a major auto manufacturing economy reduced the US companies market share and further caused a decline in manufacturing.
The economy collapsed when the plants closed and so people left for other cities and regions to find work.
Its the quintessential example of what happens when a city entirely reliant on industrial goods fails to transition to finance, services, a surviving industry sector, or literally anything else in a post-industrial state. Jobs left faster than it was physically possible for people to.
There's a legitimate argument that the housing cost increases that usually come with it end up fucking over lower wage workers who live in the city and need to live in the city because they can't afford the cars they would need to commute from somewhere else