Michigan State Senator Suggests Eliminating The City Of Detroit
Detroit has been a city with problems for decades now. Thanks in large part to the decline of the auto industry as well as the general trend of residents leaving northern cities for the Sun Belt, the city has lost a large segment of its population and entire areas of the city have been essentially abandoned. In the ten years between the 2000 and 2010 Censuses, the city lost a quarter of its residents. Earlier this year, the city announced plans to turn off up to 40% of its street lights. It is, in other words, the poster child for a city in a permanent state of decline. Now, one member of the Michigan Legislature is proposing dissolving the city entirely:
LANSING (CBS Detroit) – It would no doubt be controversial, but the idea of dissolving the fiscally struggling city of Detroit and absorbing it into Wayne County is being tossed around in Lansing.
WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick reports some state Republicans are talking about giving the city the option to vote itself into bankruptcy. And mid-Michigan Senator Rick Jones said all options should be considered — including dissolving the city.
“If we have to, that is one idea we have to look at. We really have to look at everything that is on the table,” Jones said. “Again, if this goes to federal bankruptcy, every employee down there will suffer, the city will suffer and the vultures will come in and take the jewels of Detroit and they will be gone.”
Local consultant Tom Watkins has proposed this in the past, but the idea has never played well among Detroiters.
Talking to Talk Radio 1270 host Charlie Langton, Detroit’s ex-communications chief Karen Dumas said she would not support such a plan.
“No, I don’t think that dissolution is the solution for the city of Detroit; I don’t,” said Dumas. “I think people … with every step we get more and more fearful … and maybe at some point that’s going to make everybody wake up and realize that we need to stop playing politics and come up with a solution for progress. “I don’t know at what point that’s going to happen. “
There’s no doubt that Detroit is a city with major problems, and one of the main reasons for that is a political leadership that is either incompetent or uninterested in doing what’s necessary to turn the city around. Dissolving the city an putting a countrywide government in charge isn’t going to change much of anything unless major changes are made in how Detroit is governed. If that doesn’t happen then that city will just continue to decline further.