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Detroit, which was rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1805, is once again like a forest after a fire, in such ruin that anything is possible.

 

Detroit: The Rest Of The Story

  • Between 2000 and 2010, the POPULATION PLUMMETED 25%. It will soon drop below 700,000 for the first time in nearly a century.

  • Detroit has more than 100,000 VACANT LOTS in its 139 square milesA fourth of the housing units—45,000—are abandoned.

  • UNEMPLOYMENT IS 18%—MORE THAN TWICE THE NATIONAL RATE. Including people no longer looking for work, the rate soars to more than 50%.

  • Household income is $27,862, BARELY HALF the national level. Nearly a third live in poverty, more than double the national rate.

  • In 2011, Detroit ranked FIRST IN MURDER RATEfirst in violent-crime rate, and fifth in property-crime rate.

  • The POLICE FORCE IS DOWN BY MORE THAN HALF from 12 years ago. The fire department was cut by a third in the past decade.

Here is the story of the entrepreneurs who are trying to save Detroit.

See more images of the Motor City start up scene in: Detroit, A Love Story

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    Everyone should look at this! Detroit is such a good city and anything ic possible!
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    Great place I’m moving to next month….
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