Detroit has been in a population decline for decades and decades. Simply put, the city is now too big for itself.
The new mayor has proposed shrinking the footprint of Detroit by identifying areas which are currently sparsely populated, and relocating these residents to other areas. The goal would be to create denser neighborhoods, which could then receive the concentration of services.
Right now, the city just can’t sustain itself. The city once had about 2,000,000 residents, and now has less than half that. Still, police must patrol all areas. Roads must be maintained. Garbage pickup still has to cover all areas.
But with the population decline, the city can’t afford to offer these services across the board. It is simply unsustainable.
It’s going to be a long road ahead if the city does move forward with this. I’m not sure that it can actually succeed, but it’s a unique approach to a problem that has been around for decades and doesn’t seem to show any signs of ending soon.
Many of us have looked at our finances and taken measures to simplify them. We cut out ‘lattes’, we eliminate or reduce debt, we cut spending where we can. It’s interesting to see a city actually try to do such a thing on such a grand scale.
I know many people across the country see Detroit as a hellhole, and there are areas where this is indeed the case. Still, the city and the surrounding area are full of good people, hard workers, great landmarks, and as one of the residents of the surrounding area, I continually hope that Detroit can someday right the ship.
It often looks bleak but when I look at the fact that many people and families have turned their own situations around, it gives me hope.