What Dallas Can Learn from Detroit

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Every once in while I can't resist inflaming the tri-cornered hat don't-tread-on-me set out there by saying nice things about Detroit. Whenever I sing praises to my hometown of many yesteryears, I get such a nice bounce out of the people who need Detroit to serve as their 21st century version of Dante's Inferno.

Some of the most fun I ever had here was several years ago writing about how much more successful Detroit's farmers market is than our own. Good news about Detroit never fails to fly right in the face of something I just love flying in the face of.

I've been waiting for an excuse to relate an anecdote about my son's longtime girlfriend, who flew to Detroit recently to interview for an ophthalmology residency program at Wayne State University. She came back to Texas not merely singing praises of the program itself but also of a part of the city where she stayed, called "Midtown."

Never heard of it. I guess Midtown is one of those new made-up promotional names like our own Uptown. Anyway, right after she got back to Texas, the New York Times carried a story saying the so-called Midtown district in Detroit is so hot that people can't find enough available apartments there. Imagine that. A land-rush.

Oh, and what was my excuse again for this today? Right. In a recent state-of-the-city address, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced that Detroit is shaving down its debt by slashing spending. All the while, the city continues to suffer very tough problems with a soaring gun-homicide rate and challenges posed by vast areas of urban ruin.

I thought it was interesting, however, that some people are calling for a slow-down in the city's program of residential demolitions because of rising interest form people who want to buy old homes in the city and fix them up. If anything, Detroit has become an international model for urban self-help with programs like Detroit Soup, during which people pay five bucks for a soup and sandwich dinner and listen to entrepreneurs pitch start-up business ideas.

At the end of the evening, the several hundred people who show up at these things all vote, and the winning idea gets the proceeds from the dinner. A grant from the Knight Foundation has helped the program expand. How's that for an entrepreneurial environment?

Of course, Detroit still has its very tough problems -- problems Dallas is extremely fortunate to have navigated around over the years. I do love living in an old Dallas neighborhood, and I am not sure I'm pioneer enough to do the same now in my old hometown. If I did, I think I might have to trade in the shotgun for a shoulder-fired missile-launcher, which I am sure would not be viewed as especially helpful of me, but, you know. Even a liberal's gotta look out for Number One sometimes.

But here is a larger point that Detroit is teaching us all. No matter how beleaguered or battered, cities still exert an enormously powerful draw on people. Even when a lot of the bright lights have been shot out and the city is no longer as big as it used to be, a city is still a city, and people just love cities. Always have.

All of us lucky enough to live in major cities should look on Detroit as a joyous beacon of hope. No matter how bad things get, they can get better, and the biggest motivation for fixing a city is the city itself. Those lights will be bright; that city will be big; and then how you gonna keep us down on the farm?

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holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

When you put down the good things you ought to have done, and leave out the bad ones you did do—well, that’s Memoirs.  Will Rogers (1879–1935), U.S. humorist. The Autobiography of Will Rogers, ch. 16 (1949).

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Good for Detroit, and good for you still loving your old home town
Still have no interest in moving or visiting there

roo_ster
roo_ster

Why, yes, there IS a _very_ small diamond in that goat's ass.

observist
observist

At this point there are 66 comments on this thread and the racist troll has made 29 of them.  You go troll!  Maybe if you put that effort into job hunting you could get job, earn some money,  move out of the ghetto and start thinking about something other than black and hispanic people.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

I was in Detroit just over a year ago for 2 customers, and overnite.  I had a great meal, an interesting self tour, but there were still signs of real tough living - like 10 guys in line to valet my car.

pak152
pak152

" Detroit is shaving down its debt by slashing spending" wade-a-minnit isn't he supposed to be raising taxes instead???? cutting spending? that is down right republican

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

Can anyone point out a single city that is populated and run by blacks that is actually not a complete disaster in both crime and finances?

Feel free to use the entire globe as a sampling pool. 

How about even a city block? 

Daniel
Daniel

Just as Texas thanks its lucky stars for Mississippi, so should Detroit praise the Lord for Newark.

glenn03a
glenn03a

I had the pleasure of jury duty at the Main St., Municiple Building.  The building is falling down.  How could the city keep open such a deplorable mess?  Talk about Detroit?  

Tom434
Tom434

Google abandoned detroit photos and then enjoy the pretty images

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

I understand that Detroit has freed up a lot of new farmland.  That should make the farmer's market there even more of a draw.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

Gosh, I feel like the choir master here. OK, whiteguiltlib and scruffygeist, thank you for performing on cue. For an encore, how about some "Way Down Souf Inda Landa Dixtie?" with your soiled gray uniforms, bullet-hole banjos and head bandages? That is your national anthem, is it not? 

libtardguilt
libtardguilt

@observist - I want to sincerely thank you for failing to address or refute any of the points I raised or facts I posted. There is no better tacit admission that you have lost the debate than comments like yours. Again and again you have my sincere thanks, and I accept your tacit admission of defeat.

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

@pak152 When your tax base has been completely replaced by the welfare class there isn't exactly anything left to raise taxes on.

Maybe cigarillos and blunts could be taxed higher. 

observist
observist

@cantkeepthetruthdownSince your friend claims to be a different person, do you realize that the frequency of your posts - always repeating the same name-calling, always ranting about blacks and Hispanics no matter the topic, always changing logins - makes it clear to everyone that you have some serious mental problems?

Eric_The_Midget
Eric_The_Midget

@cantkeepthetruthdownMarion Berry [Washington DC], Ray Nagin [New Orleans], Sheila Dixon [Baltimore], Sharpe James [Newark, NJ], Larry Langford [Birmingham, AL], Kwame Kilpatrick [Detroit], Bill Campbell [Atlanta], Frank Melton [Jackson, MS]

Oh wait, you wanted success stories.


mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@cantkeepthetruthdown

forgot that Dallas had a successful black mayor did you? see ron kirk.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

@JimSX Don't lump me in with that jackwad, sir. I deserve far better than that Whitt-esque bullshit from you.

whiteguiltlib
whiteguiltlib

@JimSX - that is a pretty stupid way for you to admit that you can't actually argue against the facts, but I accept your tacit admission of defeat.

observist
observist

@libtardguilt  Let's assume for a second that every single racist assertion you've made is true.  What do you propose be done about it?  Let's hear your plan.

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

@mavdog So one mayor? That's what you've got? The mayor of Dallas, as this blog is always telling us is basically a useless powerless position, so who cares if he was a "successful black mayor?" Whatever that means. Not going to prison seems to be the bar. 

But if we are going to cherry pick the winners, why don't you tell us what the "black mayor" pro tem under Kirk is doing right now?

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

@Scruffygeist 

Oh, damn, you are right. I started out to write two messages and lumped them. Very unfair of me. Sincere apologies. I consider you a worthy opponent. Him not so much. Sorry.

whiteguiltlib
whiteguiltlib

@Scruffygeist - oh sure, I am a jackwad. Now you or Jim attempt to factually dispute anything I have posted here. Go ahead, try. I could use a good hard gut laff right about now.

observist
observist

@libtardguilt  Thanks for clarifying that.  It's OK to be an angry obsessive racist, but liking your own posts?  That's embarrassing!

RobertStinson
RobertStinson

@libtardguiltWe want to sincerely thank you for failing to address or refute any of the points we raised or facts we posted about your mental illness. There is no better tacit admission that you have lost the debate than comments like yours. Again and again you have our sincere thanks, and we accept your tacit admission of your mental illness.

libtardguilt
libtardguilt

@observist - I don't like my own posts, that is impossible. I know you find it hard to believe but I'm not the same person as the other "troll".

observist
observist

@libtardguilt Do you realize that the frequency of your posts - always repeating the same name-calling, always ranting about blacks and Hispanics no matter the topic, always changing logins and "liking" your own posts - makes it clear to everyone that you have some serious mental problems?

libtardguilt
libtardguilt

@observist - once again it is shown that Observer white-guilt libtards can dish out the "snark", but they sure can't take it, they start whining like butthurt wimps.

"if more people thought worse things about black and Hispanic people".... No, I'd be satisfied if they thought about them honestly and realistically, instead of with nauseating naïveté and idiotic idealism like you white-guilter Observer libtards do.

observist
observist

@libtardguilt So you make dozens of posts here every day with no goal other than insulting people? Do you think it would be good for country if more people thought worse things about black and Hispanic people?

libtardguilt
libtardguilt

@observist - a doctor doesn't need a "solution" or a "proposal about what should be done" in order to pronounce a terminal diagnosis. I pronounce a terminal diagnosis. You're welcome.

observist
observist

@cantkeepthetruthdown It's not a joke at all.  You come here day after day with the sole purpose of offending people..  Why?   We all remember in school there were certain kids that needed attention so bad that they didn't care if it was all negative attention.  Those kids were usually abused or neglected at home.  Why do you spend so much time and effort intentionally being an asshole?

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

@mavdog @cantkeepthetruthdown The question was not "Point out a single successful mayor/politician."

And as Jim Schutze is constantly reminding us: Dallas is still run by old white people. Remember? Or have you not been paying attention to the blog?

We can just meet in the middle and agree that Dallas is not a complete disaster of minority crime and graft(As compared to Detroit, or Birmingham etc)

libtardguilt
libtardguilt

@mavdog - I think by "populated by blacks" he meant a black-majority city. I think by "run by blacks" he means a nearly all-black municipal government like in Detroit. Dallas has neither, so Ron Kirk doesn't really meet the criteria.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@cantkeepthetruthdown 

oh, so when you wrote "a single city that is populated and run by blacks", you really didn't want an example? clearly Ron Kirk was a successful and well respected mayor, who happens to be black.

apparently when called out on your hollow and thinly veiled racism you run away. "cherry pick" , that's funny. like you.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@cantkeepthetruthdown 

and white people butcher white people, and asians butcher asians, and muslims butcher muslims, and christians butcher christians, and so it goes all over the world.

shocking, isn't it? one would hope that people would stop hating each other. but hey, look at what you and your running buddies post on this site and it's no wonder that hate keeps itself around....

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

@mavdog Must be poverty and racism that causes a disproportionate violence among blacks.. 

Even though the world over, even in the complete absence of white people, blacks still butcher each other at incredible rates. 

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@libtardguilt

As for the interesting neanderthal/european suggestion, there is also a neanderthal/african connection. Amazing isn't it that early humans and their contemporary neanderthals had sex together? Amazing that there were a type of neanderthal in africa just like in europe. apparently libtardguilt sees it as important. How that somehows reflects on a difference in the behavior of caucasians and africans is a mystery, but rest assured both races enjoyed a bit of sex with neanderthals. http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-07-26/national/35487288_1_denisovans-neanderthal-dna-modern-humans

as for cranial capacity, there is a very small difference between the size of an average caucasian and an african's cranial capcaity. what is true is male capacity is larger than females, so it is fair to say that a larger cranial capacity does not indicate intelligence. we all know women are smarter than men.

so there you have it, all those silly racist rants debunked.

thanks for playing!

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@libtardguilt

The "warrior gene" variants are found in every race on the planet, inc. caucasians, africans and asians. In fact the 3R variant is found in almost the same levels of both asians and africans, and more than 1 in 3 caucasians. The issue is commonly misunderstood, as the suggestion of libtardguilt shows, for a person who has the variant isn't more likely to be a violent person, they are more likely to react to provocations. We typically refer to these as "hotheads" or "bad tempers". Not too earth shattering a discovery. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monoamine_oxidase_A

so there we have it, another failure on the part of libtardguilt to pervert science to support his hate.

thanks for playing!

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@libtardguilt

it is always humourous when racist haters try to legitimize their bigotry with what they feel is "scientific" proof. the fact of the matter is their proof is always thinly veiled manipulation and incomplete reporting of the information, to wit:

  1. high testosterone levels are not a precusor of anti-social response. For instance, the author of the study cited by libtard, Dr. Alan Booth, says ""There's lots of high testosterone people out there with good marriages who don't commit crimes." likewise, there are lots of low testosterone people who do commit crimes.http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=51013

so the conclusion, supported by Dr. Booth, is high testosterone levels do not indicate any person being more likely to commit a crime. libtardguilt, total failure on your part.

thanks for playing!

libtardguilt
libtardguilt

@RobertStinson - I graciously accept all of your idiotic and tacit admissions of defeat.

libtardguilt
libtardguilt

@JimSX - Schutze, the reason you don't find me to be a "worthy opponent" is because you can't factually dispute anything I post.  All you have is your naive white guilt libtard feewings and emotions.

The reason you don't find me to be a "worthy opponent" is because I defeat you with facts and logic every time, which frustrates you horribly. 

The reason you don't find me to be a "worthy opponent" is because your moronic "insults" have no basis in reality, while you really are a naive reality-ignoring white-guilt propagandist who should retire, and that truth really gets under your old wrinkly skin.

What else has been happening in Detroit lately, Jim, you naive senile white-guilt libtard?

http://www.clickondetroit*com/news/Detroit-police-round-up-trouble-making-teens-downtown/-/1719418/18485186/-/format/rss_2.0/-/16i8fez/-/index*html

Detroit police round up trouble-making teens downtown

Teens pick fights, invade businesses

Published On: Feb 09 2013

DETROIT - Detroit police chased and captured members of a large group of teenagers who caused trouble in the downtown area Saturday night.

The teens were seen picking fights with people on the street. They also went into several business, frightening patrons and employees.

Workers at the American Coney Island said they were fearful for their safety when the teens came in and started throwing chairs around.

A large police presence in the downtown area responded, chasing the teens with cars and on foot.

Officers were seen taking several young men into custody.

Police tell Local 4 76 teenagers were taken into custody for questioning before being released to their parents. Eight others were detained for outstanding warrants. Police also questioned 5 adults in relation to the Saturday night antics.

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Very interesting!  But that was last week!  How about today, Jim?  What's happening in that rich vibrant land of divershitty today?

http://www.detroitnews*com/article/20130214/METRO01/302140403/1361/Woman-killed--girl-shot-on-Detroit%E2%80%99s-west-side

February 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

Woman killed, girl shot on Detroit's west side

Detroit — A 35-year-old woman has been killed and a 12-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital Thursday morning after being shot by three people on the city's west side.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@whiteguiltlib

Jackwad is putting it very nice and polite. There are more demeaning and deserved epithets that also make a custom fit for you, but Kudos for Scruffy for keeping it classy.

libtardguilt
libtardguilt

@RobertStinson - you keep on making all these tacit admissions of defeat. I accept them all. It must be really tough for you since you don't have any actual facts or logic to use to argue your positions.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

@whiteguiltlib You actually presented some valid and decent points and data in here, but it's always wrapped in a layer of bat shit and tired bits.

RobertStinson
RobertStinson

@libtardguilt Which I.T. company do you work for? I was kidding about Clipper programming yesterday. PERL scripts?

libtardguilt
libtardguilt

@RobertStinson - once again I congratulate your failure to refute or address any of my points, and I accept your tacit admission of defeat.

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