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IntroductionGetting ThereGetting AroundPeopleNeighborhoodsHistoryGovernmentPublic SafetyEconomyEnvironmentShopppingEducationHealth CareMediaSportsParks and RecreationPerforming ArtsLibraries and MuseumsTourismHolidays and FestivalsFamous CitizensFor Further Study Detroit, Michigan, United States of America, North America Founded: 1701; Incorporated: 1802 (Village), 1815 (City)Location: Southeastern border of Michigan, where the Detroit River separates the United States and Canada. 1. Introduction The metropolitan city of Detroit is a combination of old and new and often is associated with adjectives like dynamic, bustling, and progressive. Major Service Changes Coming For Detroit Public Bus Riders. Detroit has America’s worst transit system. Could the Regional Transit Master Plan save it?
Joshua Lott/Getty Images If you think Detroit’s population decline has been bad—the city had 1.85 million residents in 1950 and just 710,000 in 2010—consider the total disintegration of its transit network.
At the end of World War II, Motown and its environs were home to the largest municipally owned streetcar system in the United States. Regional streetcars, buses, and commuter rail counted an annual ridership of 490 million. Henry Grabar is a staff writer for Slate’s Moneybox. Today, the streetcars and commuter rail are gone. It’s not for lack of need that the region doesn’t support transit: Despite its autocentric reputation, Detroit is eighth nationally in its percentage of carless households—behind the nation’s transit capitals of New York; Washington, D.C.; Boston; San Francisco; Chicago; and Philadelphia; as well as Baltimore. The Detroit area’s shambolic system is a burden on residents who can’t or don’t drive. But America’s worst transit system could be getting better soon.
How Detroit ended up with the worst public transit. Jim Storm has an easier time than most.
More drastic service cuts hit Detroit public transportation. By Debra Watson 1 May 2012 The main bus terminal in downtown Detroit Another round of devastating cuts in bus service went into effect on Saturday, April 28 throughout the city of Detroit.
The cuts will sometimes double the scheduled time between buses on over thirty routes in the city. Just two months ago, another series of cuts eliminated several bus routes outright. Kwame Kilpatrick, former Detroit mayor, sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption. DETROIT Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison for corruption, the apparent last step after a series of scandals destroyed his political career and helped steer a crisis-laden city even deeper into trouble.
Kilpatrick, who served as mayor from 2002 until fall 2008, fattened his bank account by tens of thousands of dollars, traveled the country in private planes and even strong-armed his campaign fundraiser for stacks of cash hidden in her bra, according to evidence at trial. "I'm ready to go so the city can move on," Kilpatrick told the judge. "The people here are suffering, they're hurting. A great deal of that hurt I accept responsibility for. " In March, Kilpatrick, 43, was convicted of racketeering conspiracy, fraud, extortion and tax crimes.
Contractors said they were forced to take on Ferguson as a partner or risk losing lucrative deals. "A man with the charisma and ability of Mr. "I just humbly and respectfully ask for a fair sentence ... Major Service Changes Coming For Detroit Public Bus Riders. Report: Detroit cops working with low numbers, funding. DETROIT - The Detroit Police Department is seeing its lowest numbers since the 1920s, according to a report from The Detroit News.
Currently, the city, which spans 143 square miles, is covered by 1,590 officers. In the article, police official call the dwindling force a "crisis," and they're largely unsure of how to solve it. The Detroit News reports that the number of patrol officers has gone down by 37 percent in the past three years. Officers start at $14 an hour, but after taxes they see a little over half of that. According to the report, department protocols and the ways administrative jobs are staffed are part of the reason the patrol number is so low.
Of the 2,462 people who applied to join the force last year, 131 were hired. The issue again comes to light after a deadly couple of weekends in Detroit. That's accompanied by 475 non-fatal shootings. In a particularly bloody June shoot out, 11 were injured by stray bullets.