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Michael Brown Protesters Block I-75 In Detroit

Last evening, 5 protesters were detained when they blocked I-75 near Mack Ave in protest of the grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson. At one time, there were about 100 people in the freeway during rush hour. Detroit police responded by moving protesters out of the freeway and restoring the flow of traffic. Numerous other protests erputed throughout the city, at locations including Greektown, Campus Martius, I-94 and Gratiot and others.

Protests such as these have been popping up all over he country since Monday night, following the lead of the protests in Ferguson, MO.

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Detroit is the Most Segregated City in the US, According to the 2010 Census

I recently read an article on the most segregated cities in the United States, and guess what? Detroit was number one. Not too surprising. If you’ve ever driven across 8 Mile you’d know. Or, cross Alter or Mack road from Grosse Pointe into Detroit. There are several youtube videos that show the stark contrast of the Detroit/Grosse Point Border… multi-million dollar mansions on one side, crack houses on the other. Search wiki for “Alter Rd”… they refer to it as somewhat of a “Berlin Wall” separating communities. The point is, when you cross into Detroit, you know it. Segregation apparently has not changed much in the last several decades according to reports from the 2010 US Census.

The map measured segregation in major cities with a dissimilarity index, which identifies the percentage of one group that would have to move to a different neighborhood to eliminate segregation. A score above 60 on the dissimilarity index is considered extreme.

The 21 most segregated cities in the US are as follows:

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Here’s a picture of Detroit’s segregation map. I drew a general outline around the border of Detroit so the map makes more sense to you out-of-towners.

detroit segregation map

And here’s another map taken from google maps showing the actual borders of Detroit.

Detroit City Map

You can read the complete Census report on segregation here: http://www.s4.brown.edu/us2010/Data/Report/report2.pdf

I found it kind of funny that in the report, they actually referred to cities in the Northeast and Midwest as the “Ghetto Belt” because of their unusually high black-white segregation numbers. So there’s a new term for ya… now you can say you live in the Ghetto Belt!

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Detroit Labeled Most Dangerous City For 2012

This will come as no surprise to many, but once again Detroit has been named the most dangerous city in the united states by Forbes. There were 2,137 violent crimes committed for every 100,000 residents, compared to second place St. Louis at 1,857 per 100k. Forbes claims that Detroit’s numbers are so high due to gang related violence. See the complete top to list of America’s most dangerous cities below:

 

 

Detroit, MI
St. Louis, MO
Oakland, CA
Memphis, TN
Birmingham, AL
Atlanta, GA
Baltimore, MD
Stockton, CA
Cleveland, OH
Buffalo, NY

I am surprised that Flint is not on this list this year as it has been ranking very high in years past.

Read the complete article on Forbes: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/18/most-dangerous-cities_n_1981764.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003&fb_source=message#slide=1658592

 

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Forbes Magazone Calls Detroit "America’s Most Miserable City"

Another dismal statistic for Detroit. In 2008, Forbes Magazine has labeled Detroit the most miserable city in America, read about it HERE. How Detroit was only ranked #7 in 2009 is beyond me. All I know is, 2009 was a rough year for the city, with an unemployment rate closing in on 30% and home prices falling faster than ever, it’s a shoe-in for the 2010 ranking when they come out.

What do you think? Have you ever been to another city in the US that was worse than Detroit in terms of overall quality of living?

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