Thursday, November 22, 2007

The City of Danger? Or Hope?

Well, last year St. Louis beat us in the World Series, then took the top spot on the United States Most Dangerous City list, in which Detroit came in a close second. This time around the reports state that Detroit has once again topped the chart with a crime score of 407 with St. Louis coming in second with 406. (although this report is seriously flawed based on the fact that Chicago and Minneapolis were excluded from the study)

On Monday morning, November 19, the day after the report was released, The Detroit Fire Department responded to six arson fires set at abandoned homes throughout the city's west side.

Why is it that just when things seem to start picking up for our city, they release these "unnecessary" reports that only diminish the already tarnished image of Detroit? And as if it weren't bad enough that we continuously stay atop this said list, what good does starting fires do? With all the stories of the police taking hours to respond to various crimes, the lack of concern with 911 calls, the constant car thefts that go unanswered, robberies and rape, why wouldn't Detroiter's take a stand and fight for a better life?

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
- Albert Einstein

It's really a wonder that I haven't dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I simply can't build my hopes on a foundation consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are true. More and more we realize that. The realities of societies under fire are harsh. The world we live in must change and you are a part of the change. The truth is to be free and true to everyone you touch. You touch thousands and we know you will forever harvest crops of fruit and forests from seeds planted long ago because your ideas are bulletproof. Ideas set us free friends...On and on because it doesn't ever stop!

Peace, Light, Liberty, and Friendship,

The Detroit Style Branch on West Grand Blvd.- Representing the Rise from the Ashes and more.

11/23/2007 11:23:00 PM  
Anonymous John Goike said...

Just this week a friend of mine was doing some construction work on a chicken shack in detroit.
He looked out the window to see a couple of guys breaking into his car. He went outside and they had a thug at the door that attacked him. Then three more attacked him he is in Critical condition in ICU.
If you think Detroit bis safe you are fooling yourself.
I have travel to many third world countries and to most big cities in the states. I have never been to a worse city than Detroit even with a gun I never feel safe until I get at least 5 miles out of the city limits. For that dump to rise from the ashes first it must be burnt down which I think is a good idea.

12/08/2007 03:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Say Nice Things About Detroit said...

Well John...bad things can happen to people no matter where you are. First of all, if you saw a couple thugs breaking into your car, would you actually walk up to them and try and do something about it? I'm sorry for your friend, that is awful, but there is a reason that we all have car insurance. Auto insurance covers break-ins and theft, not just accidents. Sure if I saw someone trying to break into my car, I wouldn't be very happy, but my life is more important then a material possession. Your negativity towards the city only shows that you have no faith. Did you happen to vote for Bush (twice)?

12/09/2007 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have lived in the Detroit Area for over 58 years and I feel John Goike hit the nail on the head.
This city died a long time ago and is now just a dump.
You would have to be crazy to think Detroit is safe.
Until the people pull the wool from the eyes they will never see the truth.

2/26/2008 07:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Detroit is Love said...

Sounds like you've been stuck with the wool over your eyes far too long actually. It also sounds like you don't believe in hope. So if you are diagnosed with cancer, do you just sit back and say, "damn...cancer got me, my life is over"...or do you fight for what you believe in (life) and make a change?
It's people like you and John with your pessimistic attitude that do nothing but complain and create negative energy.
Look at New Orleans after being struck by Katrina...should people give up on such a historic city? No...they rebuild and make it better. So New Orleans had it's Katrina, Detroit had it's riot...yet no one stepped up to help rebuild Detroit like they are in New Orleans.
Detroit is a historic city and should be treated like one, but it comes back to people like you and John and your unwillingness to open your eyes and see that in order to make change there must be hope.

2/27/2008 11:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today on NPR it was reported that last year Detroit fudged its numbers for the number of homicides.
The new numbers put Detroit at the top of the list with 37 murders per 100,000 residents. This makes Detroit he highest ranking city for murders in the USA.

6/05/2009 04:09:00 PM  

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