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  •  "Born and Bred" (2+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, Woody

    and to be honest, I think you should make a great effort to reach out to those who stick it out.

    Detroit has changed. More Chaldeans than in Iraq. More Arab families than anywhere else but the Middle East (Dearborn). Pole Town has pretty much died, due to the diminished auto plant employment, but there are neighborhoods within and just outside of city limits that thrive. Some of the best restaurants in the world are here, run by the same families for generations. (Vinces!)

    In my mind the biggest barrier to a resurgence of Detroit is the school system. I have worked with it on a limited basis for decades, and always run up against graft and self-interest. While I'm totally against the evil "emergency manager" system, it would be so good if some totally honest Detroit leader would just be appointed "dictator" for awhile and get it in shape. Those who really want to resurrect this strong city can't do it if young families can't trust the neighborhood schools.

    •  They had a dictator, apparently, and he ended up (0+ / 0-)

      in prison.

      What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

      by commonmass on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 05:04:05 AM PDT

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    •  I didn't leave until 2010 (2+ / 0-)
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      filkertom, Woody

      So it does not seem to have changed much.

      I don't really want to rip on the Detroit schools in this thread, that'll come Saturday if I follow through on my schedule, so I will point out that there are plenty of excellent Public Schools in the City. I went to Elementary and Middle School at Golightly and went on to Renaissance. My sister was a theatre person, so she went to Cass. It was all free, relatively recent (she was class of '02, I was '99), and I can't think of any of my classmates who did not end up attending a very good college and graduating.

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