Friday, January 13, 2006

This Won't Fix Detroit!!!!

The town I live in lost a factory about 10 years ago and replaced with a really decent hotel and convention center. The problem is that tourism to this particular city is next to non-existent. (It is only a few blocks from where I live, and I sometimes go by it at night and see three or four windows lit up in the entire building.) We simply do not need this large of a hotel.

Detroit is going to repeat this mistake.

Pizza Barons, the Ilitch family, founders of Little Caesar's, are going to invest in properties in downtown Detroit and make improvements on several landmarks. What they plan to do is good, in and of itself, but believing that hotels, theatres, etc. will turn the city of Detroit around is delusional. These businesses are important but they need to be supported by wealth producing industries. Nothing is going to turn Detroit around until wealth PRODUCING businesses return to this city and more of its suburbs. An unemployment rate of 15% will not support expensive theatres.

There are things Detroit can do. Detroit needs to get rid of its living wage laws which drive businesses out of Detroit. Detroit needs to clean up its crime and violence. Detroit's city government needs to clean out its corruption and cronyism. The people of Detroit need to remember the idea of a work ethic. The unions need to give the city and private employers some breathing room, which I do not see happening. I don't see any of this happening. When I was in school Detroit was America's fifth largest city and it has lost population since then, having dropped below the one million mark. The outlook for Detroit is very bleak.


Blogger Gayle said...

And that is very sad indeed!

We are going to see more and more of it because of one simple and profound sentence you said: "The people of Detroit need to remember the idea of a work ethic!" The liberals have destroyed the idea of a work ethic. It's the very thing that made this country as great as it is, shoulder to shoulder at least with the idea of freedom. Our ancestors knew what a work ethic was, and many liberals ancestors would be ashamed of them now. If anything will kill America it will be the lack of a work ethic.


12:30 AM  
Blogger ABFreedom said...

Sounds like you have a mini Canada on your hands ... that's not good.

3:03 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Shoprat - It'll be a great thing for the construction industry, for a while. But then they have to find businesses to lease the space, which will be the tough one.

10:07 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Thanks Gayle

abfreedom I keep suggesting that we give Detroit to Canada but I don't see it happening. Besides you guys have enough problems.

CP You are right.

10:10 PM  
Blogger KnightofGoodMrIronMan said...

"The outlook for Detroit is very bleak."

Just keep it up. Things are looking up for people North of the border these days... eh!

2:07 AM  
Blogger ABFreedom said...

Knight .... dude .. thought I recognized the name ... lol

Been a long hard fight, better damn well be worth it..

9:42 PM  

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