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