Welcome to the New Detroit, white people. So long, poor folks.

Peter Moskowitz

Peter Moskowitz has authored a book, “How to Kill a City,” that examines gentrification in Detroit, which he contends is displacing black residents.

Peter Moskowitz is a journalist and activist raised in New York and based in Philadelphia. His new book, “How to Kill a City,” looks at four American cities that have been transformed by new money in recent years – New York, San Francisco, New Orleans and Detroit.

Moskowitz argues the transformations have displaced longtime residents, especially poorer ones, and replaced them with affluent, mostly white, newcomers who drive up rents and tax assessments and turn what had been vibrant cities into, effectively, gated communities for the wealthy.  Detroit is not New York, he acknowledges, but what’s happening is gentrification.

Bridge: The two-city scenario you describe in your book – with the central city doing very well, and the neighborhoods still struggling – is familiar to everyone in Detroit, and not everybody thinks it’s so bad, because at least it represents some recovery, even if it is uneven. Explain why you think it’s bad.

Peter Moskowitz: I don’t think it’s necessarily bad. But the way it’s being done in Detroit, and other cities, increases inequality. What’s happening is not a rebirth of the city but a focused concentration on one particular part of it. Which happens to be one of the whitest parts of the city and the hottest for real-estate development, and that’s where the government is pouring all its resources.

Meanwhile, the rest of the city has kind of been falling off the map. Blocks are still abandoned, until a few years ago there weren’t streetlights, garbage collection was minimal. Take that in combination with the water shutoffs, the tax foreclosures…  (and) you get the sense that this is not an accident, that it’s not an organic rebirth, but a purposeful concentration on one part of the city and a purposeful forgetting of the rest of it. It’s a rebirth for a certain set of people, but not for everyone.

There’s evidence the city’s recovery is spreading beyond downtown. Jefferson-Chalmers, the North End and other neighborhoods are showing signs of life after decades of decline. Is it ever possible to see gentrification as plain old improvement? And what’s the difference?

how to kill a city

(In the book) I told the story of D’Mongo’s, the downtown bar owned by Larry Mongo. He calls white people the pollinators. For better or worse, the government only shows up, the cops only show up, the street lights only show up, when they “pollinate” a neighborhood. So when you look at this idea of recovery, it’s not a neutral term. Recovery for who? The people who’ve been living in these neighborhoods for decade after decade, keeping their house the only nice one on the block? They’ve been waiting for the government to help them out for a long time.

When you see this quote-unquote revitalization, what you’re seeing is new, mostly white people moving in, and that is followed by government intervention. The people who’ve been there all along are not exactly happy, because they’ve been asking for help for decades and feel they’ve been ignored, in favor of these newcomers.

Every city is unique, but Detroit — and, to a lesser extent, other Michigan cities like Flint — is a city like no other, in that it sprawled to accommodate 2 million people, most from a blue-collar workforce that simply doesn’t exist anymore. How does it compare with other gentrifying cities you looked at, like New York or New Orleans or San Francisco?

Detroit is unique, geographically and city planning-wise. But you can see the same process happening in each.

Gentrification doesn’t have to happen, like, one person on top of another, but it can also be about prioritizing. And I think that’s what you see when you look at the 7.2 (the area of downtown and Midtown) vs. the neighborhoods: Some people’s lifestyles and lives being prioritized — through tax breaks, through incentives, through media coverage  — over other people’s lives.  

When people talk about gentrification, they tend to compare Detroit to cities like San Francisco and New York, and San Francisco and New York are now essentially gated communities for the very wealthy. But unless there’s some water crisis that turns the Great Lakes region into the Saudi Arabia of water, it’s hard to imagine that happening in Detroit.

People would have said the same of New York in the 1970s, during the Bronx-is-burning era, and now the Bronx is the new hot borough to move to. Rents there are higher than even the hippest parts of Detroit. So this may be a 40-year process, and Detroit is at the start of it. Detroit was built for an era, the supremacy of the automobile, that doesn’t exist anymore.

“Some people’s lifestyles and lives (are) being prioritized — through tax breaks, through incentives, through media coverage – over other people’s lives.”

Do I think that 8 Mile will ever be as gentrified as the 7.2? Probably not, but I think what you will see is kind of a cutting off of the outer city in favor of the gentrified core, which is already happening. So, in 30 years, you might have downtown, Midtown, Jefferson-Chalmers and all of those kinds of places, (and) sort of a virtual fence put around them.

How often do high-poverty neighborhoods like those in Detroit ever make turnarounds, and if so, what works? Do the people who live there have any hope of them getting better without the infusion of better-off white folks?

Unfortunately, usually improvement is synonymous with displacement. That’s just the way the system works.

There’s nothing innate about improvement that can be good for everyone, unless that improvement is coupled with protection. So let’s say there was universal rent control in the parts of Detroit that are rapidly gentrifying. Then, would it be nice that the abandoned buildings were being converted into apartments? Sure. Or let’s say that your home’s value improving wasn’t associated with taxes becoming so unaffordable that most middle-class families can’t afford them? Then, would improvements be nice? Sure, but because of the way our system operates, improvement almost always equals increased pressure on the poor and middle class.

Your proposed solutions are mostly government-based — rent control, higher taxes, more focused spending on the poor. That’s kind of a pipe dream in Michigan right now, and particularly in Detroit. What do you think is possible in a place like this?

On the government level, I’m pretty pessimistic. Even in New York, which has one of the most progressive mayors, Bill de Blasio’s housing person came from Goldman Sachs. There’s no such thing as a development-skeptic mayor at this point, I don’t think. If you look at Detroit, things like the community benefits ordinance, which passed, although in a watered-down form, was a sign that people are ready to take these things seriously.

This is not an issue that (Detroit Mayor Mike) Duggan is going to be able to work out at the city level. It’s about state taxes, about the county, and especially about the extremely low taxes we have on the wealthy at the federal level. You can’t run a city full of poor people with no tax revenue. So what can  Duggan do about that? Limited amounts within the city, but there are all these mayors getting together to talk about $15 minimum wage, etc.

But the larger problem is, we don’t think of housing politically in this country at all, ever. During the presidential debate, it was mentioned not once. Housing is usually our No. 1 expense. We have all these food justice movements, poverty, racism, and housing is part of all of that. And yet, we don’t really talk about it. The first steps to a more equitable city is that grassroots refocusing and rethinking.

Any final observation about Detroit you’d like to make?

You could use more public transportation.

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Paul Martinsky
Thu, 04/20/2017 - 9:56am

Love your final words regarding the city, "You could use more public transporation." I live in the city's lowest-income zipcode, the 3.4 square miles of Northeast Detroit 48212(not the 2.2 square miles of Hamtramck 48212). 48212 has some of the best & underused public transit routes in the city. Sometimes I wonder if the city wants these routes to fail as many people,perhaps most,don't know of them or where they go.
These include DDOT#95-Ryan Express which runs during peak am & pm hours. There are no bus stop signs for this route, none, zero in both Northeast Detroit 48212 &48234 plus Downtown!! I sometimes ride it from Madison@Brush in Downtown to my area near 6 Mile in the 48212 area. There is no indication of the existence of the Ryan Express at Madison@Brush or at any other stop along it's route.
The DDOT#12-Conant goes to and through Belle Isle State Park. The route extends from the Fairgrounds Transit Center to northeast neighborhoods and Hamtramck to Belle Isle. There are no advertisments or signs of it's service to Belle Isle at the Fairgrounds where many DDOT & SMART busses connect to this wonderful convenience.
DDOT#40-Russell connects to the busy DMC and also Eastern Market. No service, however, on weekends when Eastern Market is busy with activities. Plus no marketing of it as a convenience of living in the 48212 & 48234 areas for those who work at the DMC & Midtown/Downtown.
DDOT#32-McNichols is a long route that goes from the Grosse Pointe/Detroit border to Old Redford area, passing by U.D./Mercy area too.
DDOT#10-Chene(a route that connects 48212 & 48234 to Greektown & Downtown) has limited hours. Part of the route was changed in the 1990s. It used to turn east on Jos.Campau onto busy E.Davison . That changed years ago to make the turn east at Jos.Campau to E. Nevada. Ridership went down. This leaves busy E.Davison without any transit despite a growing population of families, including immigrants and creative young adults on streets near E. Davison .
Public transit routes that go to popular destinations are marketed in other cities as quality of life amenities to promote and encourage population and business growth. Not so in Northeast Detroit 48212 & parts of 48234 too,depsite having some of the city's best transit routes to many popular and busy destinations for work, business, and entertainment.

Joel Kurth
Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:19am

Great comment! If you'd be willing, could we contact you for a possible story down the road? If so, email info to jkurth@bridgemi.com. Thanks.

Jeff Cowin
Thu, 04/20/2017 - 5:55pm

Thank you for sharing these excellent observations, Paul. Have you contacted DDOT with your recommendations for improvement. If so, how did DDOT respond? If more people shared your level of thoughtful constructive feedback, the world would be so much better for it. Kuddos!

David L Richards
Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:43am

While I share Mr. Moskowitz's concern about inequality and poverty, I disagree with his main point that economic development in downtown and other parts of the city are bad. Economic activity means taxes and jobs. Those taxes go to pay for city services, including street lights, road repair, police, fire, libraries, etc. That not all of those jobs go to long time residents in poorer neighborhoods does not mean that having them is not good for those neighborhoods, because some of those jobs do go to long time residents from poor neighborhoods, and opportunities are there. That city resources are spent nurturing economic development, jobs, and taxes, means that ultimately everyone is benefited. Ideas that promote opportunities, such as a real and effective public transportation system, and an improved educational system, are absolutely worthwhile and even necessary, but to say that economic development and the influx of suburbanites and higher income people are, by themselves a negative, is short-sighted and wrong.

Karen Winston
Wed, 04/26/2017 - 7:26pm

Respectfully disagreeing to the comments about City Lighting costs. Prior to the dismantling of Public Lighting Department, tax payers enjoyed free Lighting that was paid for by the power being sold to PLD customers. Unfortunately the money generated by PLD was not available to PLD for maintenance and upgrades to the antiquated Lighting system. Rules were in place to prevent overhead wiring to streetlights! Now that money is available, easy fast overhead wiring is acceptable! If new Lighting was being paid for by some new source, why didn't they install all "solar powered" streetlights? Because then DTE loses the forever payments from the City/taxpayers/me and you!

teri jones
Wed, 07/11/2018 - 7:32pm

Yes the person who wrote this article is a racist against white people, esp. those with a job and money. This writer is trying to make these white people look racist. Makes me want to vomit.

Rachel Williams
Fri, 12/07/2018 - 12:33pm

If this is your take on the article, then you are being willfully ignorant (and your comprehension level needs elevating). Nothing in this article suggests nor states that white people with money are bad. What he clearly states is that the government ignores it's current population yet when white people with money move in, the government intervenes and makes sure this new population has what they need. We can use Flint as an example. There is no logical reason - outside of environmental negligence and racism - that the residents of Flint continue to this day to have undrinkable, un-useable water. I live in a major US city and now that white folks are moving in - and acknowledging my neighborhood is "not bad like they thought it would be" - developers are encroaching, building and "improving" the neighborhood. We actually were fine before white folks moved in, but now developers and city officials want to make it "safer" and improved.

Ruth Alvarez
Sun, 07/28/2019 - 10:17am

The article clearly implies that services are only poured in when white people move in. The implication being that services are not poured in when the white population is not there. Sounds like a clear accusation of racism! Why is this so hard to believe? Isn't everything about race lately?

Ren Farley
Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:37pm

Peter Moskowitz’ chapters about Detroit are interesting and readable but they are, in my view, neither accurate nor thorough. European urban scholars contend that Detroit is a classic example of “disaster capitalism”. In their view, most Detroit residents are oppressed both by a system of exploitive capitalism and by a dominating white racial supremacy. Moskowitz seems to be in their camp. I do not think those ideas are accurate but they merit attention.
While most development in Detroit is centered in the 7.2 squares miles of prosperity; a great deal is happening elsewhere. I don’t think Moskowitz visited southwest Detroit where Marathon invested 2.1 billion, the now active I-94 industrial park or the Hamtramck or Jefferson North plants where investments have been made recently. There are substantial development efforts in many neighborhoods including some where Habitat for Humanity is active, others where neighborhood groups are having some success preserving middle class housing. And there are others such as Fitzgerald where the city is making investments or stable working class neighborhoods with immigrant population in southwest Detroit or near Hamtramck. Moskowitz does not mention the many stable neighborhoods in Detroit be they the prosperous Indian Village, Sherwood Forest and Boston Edisons or the more modest Rosedale Parks and East English Villages. I do not think that Moskowitz did much investigating when he came to Detroit nor did he carefully examine available data. He asserts that the annual property taxes on a home valued at six to ten thousand are typically three to four thousand. He claims unemployment rate in Detroit I s 25 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an unemployment rate of 12 percent in February, 2017. He quotes an estimate of racial residential segregation for Detroit that is long out of date. His story of the financing of the Little Cesar Arena is, at best, incomplete and misleading.
We need a discussion – and accurate description – of whether current investments in Detroit will have benefits only for economic and educational elite or whether there will also be benefits for many of the 700,000 residents of the city. Unfortunately, Moskowitz’s chapters contributes little to that discus

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 4:42pm

As soon as they locked up kilpatrick it was already in play..

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 7:22pm

Correction, that is why Kilpatrick was locked up, they played the city like a fiddle. The blueprint was done on the new Detroit more than 10 years ago, it eas drafted after the death of Coleman Young

Tom Page
Fri, 04/21/2017 - 3:46pm

Another "sobbing progressive" point of view in which the author apparently believes that the rent should be controlled, that water should be free and that so-called living wages should be the law. Heck, if $15 an hour is so good, why not make the minimum​ wage $30 per hour? Isn't that even better? (Fast food kiosks are just the start.) By the way, who benefits from better and faster EMS service? From more buses that run on schedule? From street lights on throughout the City? These are some of the benefits of the "G" word.

Thu, 04/27/2017 - 8:58am

These are some benefits of EVERY person that lives in a successful city. These are things that should be up to par in order for any major city to be seen as progressive, and attractive. The ideas that things like public transit are only for people who don't have cars or access or money is small. EMS service? Heck, if I ever need it I hope no matter where I live it comes quickly as I'm sure the elderly wish, young children, and everyone in between! Gentrification doesn't solve any problems of poverty, it just relocates it. Poverty is a monster in itself but working on better our schools, supporting our public services like transit, and paying attention to what resources the GHETTOS have verses sustainable, more thriving neighborhoods have could be a nice place to start.

John Saari
Sun, 04/23/2017 - 7:39am

Encourage thriving ethnic neighborhoods.

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 9:10am

The real issue isn't whether gentrification is good or bad, it is that Detroit has become a city of 'Comfortable Poverty." The city cannot sustain itself with a demographic where ~75% of children for the past 5 decades are born to single mothers already in poverty and illiterate. There isn't a public school educational model anywhere that can successfully educate a classroom of this demographic. People make choices and priorities in life and as the ole saying goes, it is coming home to roost.

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 7:40am

In regards to Detroit, the author of this book is failing to realize that the city's core has been lacking housing options for many years. The revitalization is adding housing and population density to the core, which is needed to sustain business. Yes, there may be older businesses that have existed and thrived in the past, but we are talking about a limited number of businesses - scattered throughout the city and surrounded by vacant buildings with no activity. A city cannot thrive without residents living in it. Detroit's core suffered from a lack of housing options, which is now changing with the addition of newly renovated buildings. And these new options are diverse in offering both rental and ownership options. I cannot argue with the fact that rents have increased across the city, but I do strongly believe that there have not been a great many of people displaced from Detroit's core as housing was not readily available in the heart of the city before this renaissance. The City was designed to function with an all time high of 2,000,000 residents and has been struggling to keep functioning with a dying population of 800,000... things are turning around and that number is now growing again... There is a good and bad in every story, and I feel that a growing population is most important right now for Detroit.

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:16am

"What had been vibrant cities into, effectively, gated communities for the wealthy."
He seems to ignore or not understand Detroit History. Detroit is still not completely recovered and wasn't a vibrant city for the last few decades. The biggest threat to Detroit's old businesses isn't gentrification its neighborhood poverty. For decades businesses have been closing due to lack of customers. He might see a vibrant neighborhood being replaced by a more expensive one. What he doesn't see is that many of these old business would have closed either way, except there would be no new jobs to replace them.

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 7:16pm

Its so funny hoe people focus on the "poor" Detroit and the new Detroit? Detroit is huge. There are many pockets of Detroit thats not poor or nearly blighted as in areas like Brightmoore. There are still many homeowners in Detroit, like 3rd generation home owners. I mean are they just forgotten?

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 5:59pm

I think wealthy black people should invest more into cities like Detroit so we can quit focusing on race, and the people like this author, have a good control study on whether race is a problem or maybe poor city management caused cities like this or St Louis to fail.

John S.
Mon, 05/22/2017 - 5:01pm

The number of African-Americans displaced by gentrification must be tiny compared to the number displaced by high property taxes (net millage= 84.5), high property insurance, high auto insurance, mediocre to poor public schools, mediocre public services, and high crime. Middle class African-Americans unhappy with these problems continue to vote with their feet.

Cesar Chavez
Sat, 10/13/2018 - 10:42pm

Your comment was spot on, it's like you lived there or something. I agree ..when hype fades and the facts present, then the reasons are obvious for why people are leaving.

Alaric Lomax
Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:50pm

Dumb poor people have tied up the great cities long enough. Bring in new blood and improve them.

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 3:03pm

Stop pandering to black against white racism and liberal white guilt. Come live in Detroit for a while, in an area not yet gentrified(which is most of Detroit). Look at the contemporary issues facing these mostly black neighborhoods, talk to the older blacks (and whites) who lived in Detroit before the white flight. The issues of yesterday have contributed to the issues of today, but they are not one in the same. Black people are unlikely to be killeds by whites in the city of Detroit for the color of their skin today, but now the opposite is true. Non-black minorities of the city including Chaldeans and whites are often targeted with violence, threats, and racism. The police just laugh and find every reason not to do tgeir job when called. Failure to illicit prompt police response effects all races on a grave level and has contributed to intergenerational "ghetto" culture that was not present in the seventies and prior, especially when Detroit was more racially diverse. All in all Detroit was commissioned a city to provide refuge for displaced native americans. You want to talk about racial inequality ask one of our resident native Americans. Oh wait, we don't have any. With a little investigation you'll find that "white" does not mean wealth, "Detroit" does not mean black, etc, and Detroit's problems are much more complex than gentrification and the big bad white man. Many of Detroit's residents perpetuate cultural problems that harm themselves, without influence from an outside source. Shunning cultures that do not feature the problems unique to and persistent in Detroit is a way of keeping the disenfranchised down, a form of willed ignorance. It is harmful for everybody. Curiously enough, the suburbs are also becomminh gentrified. Where will the middle class go and who has the money to replace them? Apparently that's a non issue, because even though the suburbs have been steadily increasing in diversity over the past 30 years, modern writers of both races erroneously assume that the word "suburbanite" means "white". Get a dictionary and stick to blogging. You are doing Detroit a big disservice by writing books that cater to racial tension and perpetuating stereotypes against the minority in Detroit (white people) to a poorly educated audience looking for more reasons to spread racial hatred under a false notion of justice. Again, come live at 6 and John R for 3-5 years, and tell us about gentrification. You'll be too busy dodging bullets to talk about gentrification.

Jay Vukmirovic
Sun, 08/20/2017 - 9:15pm

Your comments by way of reply appear to me to be "spot on." The author is a menace. He knows exactly what he attempting to do: line his own pockets with other people blood. Disgusting!

George D
Mon, 05/28/2018 - 10:57am

You are spot on....You cannot argue with facts...I've said for years facts are racist....I bought my house on Garland in 1959....After the riots it seemed the tensions were rising more against whites....Moved out in the early 70's

Cecelia R LaPointe
Thu, 11/29/2018 - 1:43pm

Your statement on Native Americans is false. There are Native Americans in Detroit. Many are multi-racial due to the obvious - genocide and assimilation. Many who live in the SW side. Detroit Metro has the largest Native American population in the state. However, we are invisible in a metropolitan region that insists on maintaining the Black and White racial binary that erases Native American, First Nation, and Métis people. I am Ojibway/Métis/Sámi and have more visibility in conservative Northern Michigan that I do in liberal SE MI. The Black and White racial binary harms everyone to choose one race - either Black or White. There are Black folk who may be Native American but due to the binary in metro Detroit they are forced to choose one race. Same with folks who appear to be white. You are talking about my family who is Ojibway/Métis/Sámi, Black, and White. We are beautifully multi-racial. Many of my family and relatives live in Detroit. Stop this erasure and open your mind just a bit.

Chris S
Tue, 01/01/2019 - 1:31am

Agree with you! Worthless book.

Sat, 07/15/2017 - 1:52pm

Detroit has a long, long way to go before we need to worry about cost of housing in the same vein as San Francisco or New York. The new residents are flocking to Downtown, Midtown and a couple of adjoining neighborhoods. The rest of the city remains extraordinarily cheap by big-city standards.

Attila Huno
Mon, 10/23/2017 - 4:20pm

How to kill a city? Vote Democrat!

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 10:49am

Spot On

Just another Bl...
Sun, 11/12/2017 - 5:33pm

As a long time resident of Detroit I can agree with many points made by Peter Moskowitz. I was born and raised in Detroit. I've seen good times and bad times here. I was rised in both a low income neighborhood and a middle class neighborhood. My stepfather worked in the auto industry and made investments to move us off of clairmount, a street located in one of poorest/richest neighborhoods in Detroit to Chalmers, a street located in a middle class neighborhood on the Eastside. Over the years I watched both of these neighborhoods deteriorate. When we moved on to Chalmers it was near the end of the white flight era, in fact the woman my father purchased the house from was one the few remaining whites who lived in that part of the city. Although we were far from rich, I was afforded things that most of the people I grew up with didn't have access to. As times progressed and the auto industry declined, my once middle class family had become low income. Due to higher mortgage rates and the depreciating value of our home that was once worth$75,000 became worth only 2,000 dollars. In a city where the average cost of living is $41,000 a year my stepfather retired only making half of that. And with my mother now dead he had no way to keep his home. That same home is now being remodeled not torn down but remodeled. And much like the home he lost his health is also failing. I now live in Black bottom a neighborhood that has long since been abandoned by the city. But is now being looked at to be turned into an agricultural safe haven. As I watch all of these changes take place I can't help but wonder who's it all for I see very little black residents benefitting from these changes. And knowing that my uncle who was once a prominent business owner, who owned the land that the new tiger stadium now sits on along with many other properties that are now being renovated downtown was gunned down in his home. Leads me to believe that this gentrification plan has been in the making long before the crash of the auto industry, long before the scandle with mayor Kilpatrick and long before the fall of Detroit. And I fear that many of my friends and family will continue to lose thier homes and be forced to relocate.

Phil Ashio
Sat, 04/14/2018 - 4:37am

Sorry to hear about that. Good luck with the future. Hopefully the rest of your life is better.

Bill Bratton
Sat, 05/26/2018 - 1:14pm

It seems this guy wrote a book about a place he never visited, 100 years ago Detroit was 98.2% white, it was celebrated as the Paris of the Midwest and the envy of other cities, they drove out white people became a city 85% black, it also became the murder, carjacking, crime and STD capital of America, oh and let us not forget the first major US city to file for bankruptcy, all this under black leadership, now the same people who contributed to the demise of a once great city complain about gentrification. White people built Detroit and they will now save and rebuild it, know your history before commenting on a book.

Cecelia R LaPointe
Wed, 11/28/2018 - 6:14pm

The obsession with Detroit is insanity. There are Native American people in Detroit - mostly in the SW side. There are First Nations and Métis right across the colonial border in Windsor. What a shame that this author maintains the Black and White racial binary for the sake of Native, First Nations, and Métis erasure. Meanwhile conservatives in Northern Michigan have been kinder to me than white liberals in Detroit. Go figure that one out!

So Ojibway/Métis/Sámi person who works on racial justice in our territory I am tired of the Black and White racial binary in Michigan. Time for a change and increasing visibility for Native American people!

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 1:10pm

What a bunch of b.s. Detroit's only hope is to attract back what it's lost over the last 60 years. Too bad if some get butthurt over it. Too many poor under educated residents moving to the city is part of what caused the massive decline years ago.

Ruth Alvarez
Sun, 07/28/2019 - 10:13am

So, in a nutshell. White folks are better pollinators? If so, instead of demonizing them, how about we learn how to pollinate, too?

Tue, 07/30/2019 - 8:44pm

Detroit has long needed gentrification been in the city all my life, our downtown was like a wasteland there's nothing wrong with people moving downtown whatever color they are the only color that matters is green in the end ,which will add much-needed tax base and diversity to the city, remember we've had no investment for decades I welcome the gentrification in any event. There's many neighborhoods enclaves if you will that we've lost that no one talks about I wonder why? Our Chinatown has been gone for decades some people seem to think that it never existed Delray used to be a high concentration of Hungarian people they're long gone, Chaldean town lost. The Italians gone no I'm not saying that there is not remnants left within the city limits but the enclaves are gone ,to me diversity is the key to a world-class city. The great white flight is reversing now people are angry?caucasians spending money to restore buildings to their former glory property values go up now people are angry? Do people still want to live in blighted areas ? And I don't believe that they're all Caucasians but it seems like that's where the most animosity is geared towards! That seems racist to me.No reason to be angry demographics change from decade to decade, no one inherited a city a city is no one's it's for all to enjoy whoever wants to live work and play there that's what some people don't understand this is the United States, cities are neutral areas some of these things that are discussed in the article and in the comment section are not specific to the city of Detroit there specific to all urban areas.

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 12:43pm

In Detroit now the poor, less rich is being slowly but surely move out from downtown. Soon the Americans of European descendants will take over downtown by rent control on property that the average person cannot afford.

Sat, 09/07/2019 - 12:43pm

In Detroit now the poor, less rich is being slowly but surely move out from downtown. Soon the Americans of European descendants will take over downtown by rent control on property that the average person cannot afford.

Aubrey King
Sun, 12/22/2019 - 3:27am

Mr. Moskowitz: There is a dynamic within cities you must understand. A city’s not a collective nor commune. Cities exist because of the economic drive of business. These are groups of various people who add value, who create, who serve and account. They are engineers, merchants, doctors, electricians, bankers, machinists and managers. They bring meat to the table! Their synergies manifest in economic power. Without them a city dries up and dies. The “poor” as you call them (black democrats) have had their way with Detroit for decades and they were takers. They’ve fed off the creation of others until that driving dynamic was strangled and quenched. Their mistake is that they thought they were the reason for the city’s existance. And that the city’s wealth was ubiquitous requiring only that they tap into it like a tick.
But it doesn’t work that way and the city of Detroit died. It slowly died. The black democrats did not create nor build. They didn’t innovate nor renovate. They provided no skills, no money, no merchandise. They added no value, they only consumed at the expense of others. The reason for the city vanished.
But now. Now, the drivers are returning to salvage and raise back up the wreckage of what they formerly created. Raising from the neglect and abuse of decades. And the “poor” (black democrats) would complain ? They would say “something’s being taken from us”. What horse shit. This has to be the height of arrogant foolishness.