Detroit: A City In Transition? Or Just Another American Ghetto

Here's a thought on a possible fix for our ghetto fabulous Detroit. It may be as simple as changing our surrondings. Ghetto tends to stay that way, because no one seems to care about what is around them, or maybe they just don't believe that things ever could change. The graffiti, broken glass, and other unsightly trash seem to litter every ghetto in America. Sure, just cleaning up is not going to fundamentally change the people that live there, but maybe it would make them take a second look at their living environment. That drug dealer or pimp may think twice about operating on a nice clean street corner, rather then the typical ghetto street corner. I guess I don't understand why the individuals living in these areas don't step outside their doors and think to themselves "wow", maybe I should pick up that empty beer can, or paint over those gang signs that have been there for years. Or maybe take it one step further and demolish that old abandon house across the street. Why are people that live in these areas so set in their ways that change seems impossible? In my opinion, all we need is for people to lead by example. We need leaders to step up to the plate and start making a difference. It is amazing how human nature is to always follow the crowd. I think it could catch on like a standing ovation. Once those few people stand up in the front row, others follow until soon they are all standing united. Don't get me wrong Detroit is definitely on the road to recovery with Comerica Park, Ford Field and the renovation of the Detroit River Front, but we need the individuals there to start feeling proud of their surrondings. Boy, wouldn't that be a change. Let's not let the bad seeds in Detroit ruin the whole city. Let make a stand against violence, drugs and unsightly street corners. It's a lot of work but I am confident it can be done with the support of the people of Detroit. Let me know what you think. Can our fair city return to it's former motown glory? Let's make it happen.


greg said...

huh, a city in transition ? this city is in transition for the worse. this is a comment from someone who grew up in that city, you are asking poor uneducated lazy welfare people from the last 5 or 6 generations to change there ways of living, i don't think so. maybe we should hold the crooks in office responsible, o never mind, those same lazy people put them there. nice thought anyway.

Paul said...

I'm not sure about motown glory, but Detroit could be fixed up slowly. It's not impossible. I think your right because when I think about all the times I picked up things that are cluttering the streets. I just imagine how much worse it might have been if I hadn't done that.

And I'm just one person.

cracktown! USA said...

More people than you think have that mentality. More people than you think try to improve their neighborhood.

But the neighborhoods in Detroit can be tough to analyze. In mine, for example, there are more lazy-criminal types than normal-everyday type people.

The normal everyday-type people do our part, we pick up trash, keep an eye out for each other...

But we're outnumbered by the criminals. So the bligh remains.

Its hard not to get overwhelmed.

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