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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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Kwame Sutra

5 Books About Detroit & Kwame Kilpatrick, Former Mayor

I was browsing Amazon for something totally unrelated tonight when I came across a book called “Kwame Sutra” in the “Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed” section. The name of the book caught my attention, so I clicked on it. Seems like it might be an interesting read, as well as a few other books published about Detroit and former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

I’m thinking about ordering numbers 1, 3, and possibly 5.

1. The Kwame Sutra: Musings on lust, life and leadership, from Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

This book was written by 2 guys who work for the Detroit Free Press newspaper, covering him since 2002. It includes quotations, public pronouncements, candid asides, unscripted outbursts and secret text messages made by Kwame, many of which have never been published or released.

2. Surrendered: The Rise, Fall & Revelation of Kwame Kilpatrick

This book received a lot of really bad reviews by those who bought it on Amazon. But what do you expect? It was written from Kwame’s point of view, and supposedly he tries to make himself out to be better than he really is. Pro-Kilpatrick propaganda as one person called it. And if you think the money will go to support Kwame, SUPPOSEDLY the judge residing over his legal case ordered that the proceeds of this book go to repay the city of Detroit. I don’t know if that went through officially though, because the lawyer for the publishing company never showed up for the court date!

3. Badge of Honor: Blowing the Whistle (The True Story of a Mayor’s Bodyguard)

Written by a former(?) Detroit police officer who became one of Mayor Kilpatrick’s bodyguards, later blowing the whistle on some of the crimes he committed while in office.

4. Kwame Kilpatrick: The Untold Story

This one is a DVD actually, but since it’s about Kwame I threw it in here for those who don’t want to read!

5. Detroit: An American Autopsy

Written by Detroit native and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Charlie LeDuff, this book had excellent reviews on Amazon. It covers the downfall of Detroit and paints a very dismal but true to life picture of the city.

 

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Good Detroit Ghetto Video

I watched a good video about Detroit today and wanted to post it up here for all to see. The creator of the video put some commentary over the video, giving lots of good facts and statistics about the city.

Facts and statements about Detroit,taken from the author’s youtube video description:

1. Detroit is the 3rd most dangerous city to live in in the united states and flint a near by city is the 4th most dangerous criminal city in the usa.

2. 7 out of 10 murders go unsolved in the motor city.

3. There are 95,000 abandon homes in Detroit and 85,000 abandon businesses in Detroit.

4. Census has calculated that since 2000 to 2010 that 250,000 people have left Detroit.

5. Since 1950 half of Detroit’s population has left the motor city.

6. Unemployment is up to estimated 50% in the city of Detroit.

7. Graduation rates in the D are 25%! Kids are more likely to end up in prison than finishing high school.

8. More people live in poverty than cars on the street.

9. Abandon homes in Detroit have turned into drug houses and meth labs.

10. On devils night kids go out and burn abandon buildings about 200 last year were burned down.

11. At the MacDonald’s they had bullet proof windows like at a bank and you had to pass your money through a machine.

12. Michigan is the 3rd most unemployed state in the usa.

13. Obama bailed out GM and helped create 75,000 jobs but the jobs were out sourced and the people of Detroit never got to see any of those jobs.

14. Detroit looks like hurricane Katrina hit it

15. Detroit is the only place in America that you can walk around and see 30 story sky scrapers everywhere that are abandoned. This is not common in other cities.

16. Its like something you would see out of I am legend it looks like a abandoned historical city left in ruins

17. Detroit used to be one of the most high class wealthy cities in America.

18. Real state is at record lows because of the high amounts of abandon homes that lower housing cost. The Detroit news said that hundreds of houses are up for sale in Detroit for only a dollar $1

19. Wild animals are moving back into the city… pheasants, coyotes, even beavers

20. Criminals are moving to nearby cities like the capitol city of Michigan which is Lansing Mi and places like flint which has caused city crimes to rise in these near by cities.

21. Mayor Dave Bing has pledged to knock down 10,000 structures in his first term as part of a plan to size down Detroit, so the city can reflect its shrinking population

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1 Million Views For My Youtube Video, "A Tour Of Detroit’s Ghetto"

I just logged into my youtube account and realized that my original Detroit ghetto video, “A Tour Of Detroit’s Ghetto”, has reached 1 million views! To be honest, I haven’t been keeping up with my youtube videos or this blog as much as I used to, but I thought that 1 million views is worthy of an update here.  Here’s a link to the video, but if you follow this blog at all, you’ve already seen it.

 

 

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