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Nine Reasons Why Detroit Failed. My hometown of Detroit has been studied obsessively for years by writers and researchers of all types to gain insight into the Motor City’s decline.

Nine Reasons Why Detroit Failed

Indeed, it seems to have become a favorite pastime for urbanists of all stripes. How could such an economic powerhouse, a uniquely American city, so utterly collapse? Most analysis tends to focus on the economic, social and political reasons for the downfall. One of my favorite treatises on Detroit is The Origins of the Urban Crisis by Thomas Sugrue, who argues that housing and racial discrimination practices put in place after World War II played a primary role in the decline of Motown.

I’d argue that it’s closest to the truth of an explanation for Detroit today, but not quite there. Everyone seems to know the shorthand narrative for Detroit’s fall. But here’s the thing. So why has Detroit suffered unlike any other major city? If ever a city stood as a symbol of the dynamic U.S. economy, it was Detroit. Emphasis added. 1. 2. Detroit Public Schools Police Department (DPSPD) - Detroit Public Schools - Detroit Public Schools.

The Detroit Public Schools’ Police Department is comprised of Police Officers, Investigators, Campus Police Officers, security officers and a K-9 unit, whose mission is to provide a safe and secure environment for students and staff, conducive for teaching and learning.

Detroit Public Schools Police Department (DPSPD) - Detroit Public Schools - Detroit Public Schools

The Department is housed in a new $5.6 million 23,000-sq ft. state of the art Command Center and Headquarters that opened in January 2011. At the Command Center, DPS officers can monitor campuses 24-hours a day using high-tech video surveillance cameras and alarms. Schools are being updated with alarm and video surveillance packages installed throughout the interior and exterior that will be fed to video systems at the Command Center. The new Command Center goes hand-in-hand with a restructuring of the Police Department and $41.7 million district-wide security initiative that strives to make all schools safer.

The Police Department reports to DPS’ Office of Inspector General. Command Center and Headquarters–– K-9 unit Nitro. Detroit mortgage program aims to fix a "broken" system. The city of Detroit’s struggles with recession and bankruptcy have left the local housing market in shambles.

Detroit mortgage program aims to fix a "broken" system

For those in and around the Motor City who are renting and want to take the next step and buy a home, there are a number of obstacles in their way. Even if an individual has good credit and a reliable job, many banks are reluctant to lend money in what is viewed as an unstable market. The Detroit Home Mortgage Initiative aims to change that. Anna Clark wrote an article for Next City detailing the plans for the new initiative and how it can help “fill the gaps in the city’s housing industry.”

Clark joined Stateside to shed some light on the new program. It's not just that there are far more houses than there are people. “There has been a market failure of massive proportions in Detroit,” said Clark. Clark cites a statistic that in 2014, there were 3,500 single-family homes purchased in Detroit, but only 462 of them actually received a mortgage. Housing crisis deepens in Detroit. Ten years since the Mack Avenue fire By Debra Watson and with photographs by Mary Moore 21 June 2003 It has been a decade since Leroy Lyons and Shereese Williams lost their seven children in a tragic house fire on Detroit’s East Side.

Housing crisis deepens in Detroit

On a February afternoon in 1993, a raging inferno devoured the 130-year-old wooden frame home where the family lived. The parents were out of the house at the time the blaze broke out. When they returned to find their home in flames and their children dead, the police treated them not as bereaved parents but as criminals.

How the Democrats Destroyed Detroit. Detroit, now synonymous with failure and decline, was once the emblem of American progress and prosperity.

How the Democrats Destroyed Detroit

As the late biographer and scholar Matthew Josephson observed in the 1920s: “Nowhere in the world may the trend of the new industrial cycle be perceived more clearly than in Detroit. In this sense it is the most modern city in the world, the city of tomorrow.” University of Michigan historian Jeffrey Mirel puts it this way: “Throughout the 1920s, Detroit was the shining star of the new era, the very center of the American economic universe, where capitalism and technology combined to produce the greatest goods for the greatest numbers.”

To most Americans, Detroit is best known as the home of the “Big Three” auto makers—General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler—who made the U.S. and the rest of the world mobile. In World War II, Detroit was the arsenal of democracy, producing tanks, jeeps and a host of other weapons that helped win the war. 1) Taxes (2) Harassing Businesses. Nine Reasons Why Detroit Failed. Forbes Welcome. Crain's Detroit Business : Subscription Center.