Detroit now resembling third-world nation as power grid fails and lights go out

Monday, December 8, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Monday, December 08, 2014

During the 1950s and 1960s, the city of Detroit became the automobile manufacturing capital of the world. Growing to become America’s fourth-largest city, it was a model of modernity and American production capacity.

Between 1910 and 1950, the PBS program “The Rundown” reports, “few cities grew faster, were wealthier, were more attractive to those seeking success than what became known as the Motor City.”

Detroit population today less than half of 1950 census count

Peaking at about 1.8 million people in 1950, the city has since lost more than half of its population. Entire automobile factories have laid dormant and rotting for years; whole neighborhoods have been abandoned and are decaying. The city’s finances are a shambles, and there are scarcely enough resources to keep basic services like fire, police and EMS operating.

To put Detroit’s decline in perspective, PBS notes, today fewer than 20,000 of the city’s roughly 714,000 people work in manufacturing.

The city’s decline recently manifested itself again, this time in a recent failure of its aging power grid.

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