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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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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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Detroit’s Packard Plant Set To Be Demolished

Taken from the Detroit News:

The purported owner of the Packard Plant says he is days away from starting to barricade and fence off the 3.5-million-square-foot eyesore as a part of his plan to demolish one of the city’s most iconic ruins.

Dominic Cristini said Thursday he has hired a demolition firm and plans on applying for permits in the next several days to secure the sprawling, dilapidated plant on East Grand Boulevard near Concord. Cristini, who claims he’s the sole owner through his company, Bioresource, said he wants to start the demolition process within a month.

“I am going to demolish the building,” Cristini said. “It’s unsafe, and it’s got to come down. I don’t want anybody to get hurt. I am just trying to do the right and responsible thing.”

He estimates it will cost $6 million to raze the Albert Kahn-designed plant built by the luxury automaker that went out of business in 1958, adding that recovered scrap metal will offset the cost.

A small crew from AVC Services based in Harrison Township was onsite Thursday, assessing ways to cut it off from the constant stream of scavengers, homeless and artists who have made it a popular underground site for years.

“We are going to see if it is possible to secure it,” Antonio Carlomusto of AVC said Thursday.

Cristini said they may try to save portions of the plant for historical value but isn’t sure whether that is possible.

Detroit officials said Thursday the plant has already gone through demolition hearings and was ordered down in April 2011.

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“We have always been willing to work with the property owners to bring their property into compliance,” said Karla Henderson, Mayor Dave Bing’s Group Executive of Planning and Facilities. “We support their efforts.”

The facility is one of Detroit’s most well-known ruins and for nearly 15 years went through an often-bizarre legal battle over ownership between the city and Bioresource. About four years ago, the Michigan Supreme Court put the property back in Bioresource’s hands. Records have showed real estate investor Romel Casab as the company president, but Cristini said Thursday he is the only owner.

Cristini, who was released from federal prison in 2010 after serving a four-year drug sentence, said he has been working with city officials to pave the way for the demolition.

The city has a tax lien on the property for at least $300,000. Many of the parcels showed tens of thousands are owed in unpaid property taxes as of earlier this year. Some parcelsare facing foreclosure this fall.

The sprawling plant has been ravaged by time, the elements and scavengers, but it continues to attract admirers.

“In a sick way, it’s incredibly beautiful,” freelance photographer Casey Carlton said Thursday as she explored the edges of Packard.

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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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