Archive for February, 2013

Detroit

February 9, 2013

“This used to be a city.”

That put this country on wheels.

“This used to be a city.”

That a President called “The Arsenal of Democracy.”

“This used to be a city.”

The fourth largest in America.

“This used to be a city.”

Of champions.

“This used to be a city.”

That was called “The Paris of America.”

“This used to be a city.”

Of parks and Outer Drive.

“This used to be a city.”

Of Motown. “Can’t forget the Motor City.”

“This used to be a city.”

Of Hudson’s and SS Kresge’s.

“This used to be a city.”

Where people went to work.

“This used to be a city.”

Of the first radio station.

“This used to be a city.”

Of  Henry Ford. And General Motors, Chrysler and Stroh’s.

“This used to be a city.”

Of innovation.

“This used to be a city.”

That came within one vote of getting the Olympics, twice.

“This used to be a city.”

Of majestic buildings.

“This used to be a city.”

That I was born in.

“This used to be a city.”

With 98% home ownership.

“This used to be a city.”

Of grand hotels and theaters.

“This used to be a city.”

Of the Husdon’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

“This used to be a city.”

Of legends. And hero’s.

“This used to be a city.”

With two great newspapers.

“This used to be a city.”

That had the best Public School System in the nation.

“This used to be a city.”

Of the Old Red Barn.

“This used to be a city.”

The Corner.

“This used to be a city.”

Of leaders.

“This used to be a city.”

Until July, 1967.

“This is a city.”

That burned.

“This is a city.”

That has lost 60% of it’s population since then.

“This is a city.”

That has become synonymous with riots and crime and decay.

“This is a city.”

That built a Renaissance Center, but never experienced one itself.

“This is a city.”

From the Motor City to Murder City.

“This is a city.”

That has bred corruption and clowns in place of leaders.

“This is a city.”

That has lost population every year since 1961.

“This is a city.”

Of relics. Decaying and dying.

“This is a city.”

Of blame, and the hypocrisy of it.

“This is a city.”

Of distrust and wounds that haven’t healed.

“This is a city.”

Where 45% of the city is empty.

“This is a city.”

Who elect names, not leaders.

“This is a city.”

Who’s culture and obstinate behavior have turned into arrogance and ignorance.

“This is a city.”

Where every speck of hope is doused by some loudmouth or dummy.

“This is a city.”

That has foolishly turned down help at every turn.

“This is a city.”

That is broke.

“This is a city.”

Of the Packard Plant and Michigan Central Station, symbols of what was and what is.

“This is a city.”

That spends too much time in the past and not enough thought of fixing what is now.

“This is Detroit.”

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