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The scariest sentence I've read today

There are no chain grocery stores in all of Detroit.

And here's the runner-up:

As a reporter, I've worked from New York to St. Louis to Los Angeles, and Detroit is the only big city I know of that doesn't put out a crime blotter tracking the day's mayhem. While other American metropolises have gotten control of their murder rate, Detroit's remains where it was during the crack epidemic.

Both come from 'What Killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones?"

By Ezra Klein  | October 25, 2010; 12:58 PM ET
 
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Those darn Republicans drove detroit into the ground. ;)

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | October 25, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Detroit is an object lesson in the inevitable result of unconstrained liberal policies and unionism. Too bad it doesn't scare Ezra as much as it ought to.

Posted by: bgmma50 | October 25, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

What happened in Detroit has nothing to do with "liberal" politics, as anyone in the area who actually knows what they're talking about would tell you.

Posted by: stormhit | October 25, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm proud to call Detroit my home town.

I've lived in lots of conventionally desirable places. But, growing up there taught me a lot and I appreciate it. It's a real place and has its own truth and beauty.

Posted by: BHeffernan1 | October 25, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"What happened in Detroit has nothing to do with "liberal" politics, as anyone in the area who actually knows what they're talking about would tell you." Posted by: stormhit

There's not a doubt in my mind that every liberal to be found in the rapidly dwindling population of Detroit would tell me that their policies had nothing to do with the woeful circumstances in which the city now finds itself.

Posted by: bgmma50 | October 25, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Detroit proper is an object lesson in the results of corruption. The region as a whole continues to survive despite the diminished output of its key industry, one can argue, precisely because of liberal policies.

The healthcare system remains sound, and all stakeholders will tell you that is thanks to the influence of the unions, which demanded good healthcare for the rank-and-file.

There's a robust safety net, and the workforce remains among the most talented and highly educated in the country, with good public schools in all but the most dysfunctional districts.

The fact that there are no grocery stores in the city proper is, I believe, a property tax issue more than anything, because there are plenty of them literally right across the street at the city limits, in Warren, Dearborn, Southfield and other places.

That's what happens when your property tax base dwindles. The ones left behind have to pay more, and sometimes choose not to.

Posted by: Rick00 | October 26, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

The runner-up is not accurate. Detroit's murder rate is still high when compared with other large cities, but has fallen from around 60 per 100,000 people since the crack epidemic to around 40 in 2009.

http://chrisuggen.blogspot.com/2010/06/crime-and-black-flight-in-detroit.html

http://www.cus.wayne.edu/content/presentations/Detroit_Crime%20Barometer_May_2007.pdf

http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/prelimsem2009/downloads.htm

Posted by: adkf | October 26, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Detroit is "the most progressive voting city in America" according to The Nation.
Democrats have managed the city since 1960.

Posted by: happyacres | October 26, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

stormhit, you need to brush up on your Detroit history. LBJ saw fit to dump $400 million into Detroit under the Community Block Grant Program. He might as well have set off a nuclear bomb there: http://www.thedailycrux.com/content/3247/Government_Stupidity

Posted by: DaveyNC | October 26, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

This should be retitled to "Most Worthless Tidbit Of The Day".

In my eyes not having chain grocery stores would be phenomenal. Are you kidding? If their were no chain grocery stores, doesn't that mean they are individually owned businesses? Which would be fantastic.

Posted by: fri451 | October 27, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

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