Believe it or not, there was once a time when Detroit was a hustling and bustling urban metropolis – a desirable city in which to live. Today? Sure, there are some hardcore Detroit supporters, and there are certainly nice areas in and around Detroit to call home, but the truth is that the United States population at large doesn't have Detroit high on its list of places to relocate.

Part of the reason Detroit doesn't make an attractive home is that the city's finances are hardly in order. In fact, as pointed out by The Detroit News, the city is negotiating with the State of Michigan to avoid a takeover of the city. Even though a consent agreement is possible, none of this helps Detroit-based corporations like General Motors lure workers into the city's borders.

Current GM CEO Dan Akerson said in an interview that he hopes his company can contribute to Detroit's revival, but "wouldn't pretend to know what the best solution is." Neither would we. Like Akerson, though, we hope the home of the Big Three gets back on its feet with as much solidity as the automakers seem to have managed.


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      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      The answer is simple: Delta City.
      REMUSRM
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would move over if they pay me .... i want out of california
      MTU 5.0
      • 2 Years Ago
      I didn't read all of the comments, so maybe this has already been said, but here's a simple solution; live in the Suburbs. Many of them are quite nice. And essentially, the only GM jobs in the city are at the HQ and the Hamtramck plant. Most other jobs are in Warren, Pontiac, and other suburban locations. If you really want to live in the city, things are changing as the day of reckoning has come, and the books will be balanced one way or the other. Gov. Synder is making sure of it. Once that happens and there is some financial stability, more investment will continue to come in and things will change. It took over four decades to get to this point, it won't turn around overnight, but it is still possible.
      Dump
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did the Robocop movies predict this kind of scenario or what? Anyhoo...Detroit is hurting because the consumer market has become global. Detroit became an industrial powerhouse because it was a major manufacturing & production hub. Today, most of the products, manufacturing, and services can be sources from other cities in the US and from around the world. Why should a major corporation return or relocate to Detroit? What does the city offer that no other city has or can have in the next decade? The thing is, Detroit was Motor City (Motown) & when the US Big3 ran into major financial turmoil, the city lost its major source of income, vibrancy, lifejuice..... This recession is real. Detroit is a major example of that kind of damage that was done. In Ohio, Cleveland & Akron have suffered almost the same level of a downturn. Its hard for most to accept, but many major cities hardest hit may not return to their former "glory" anytime soon. They were built on very different principles and industrial conditions. Those conditions have changed and now benefit other types of industries. Until the US gets back into the business of making just about everything we consume, we will continue to see further urban sprawl & inner city blight --- no matter how many revitalization programs are created to "rebuilt" inner city legacies.
        Lavell Riddle
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dump
        Ditto the Global economy has done a number on industrial citys. And buying American isn't as easy as Ford GM and Chrysler. They out sourcing to keep competative too. People got into the Wal-mart way of shopping and where only price driven instead of service driven. The only way to stay competative is to reduce cost (out-source), Those cheap cost are cheaply made off US soil, meaning its not generating income manufacturing employees
      50 AKA Ferrari
      • 2 Years Ago
      Robocop anyone?!?!?
      Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would live in Detroit in a second if it meant that I could work for GM (or any auto manufacturer for that matter) developing or improving vehicles.
      Chris
      • 2 Years Ago
      As much as I rag on the city sometimes, I must say that it does have a lot of potential. There is a lot of beautiful old architecture that most cities would love to have just waiting to be restored. There are also a lot of nice areas right outside the city, that most would not consider undesirable. Michigan is a beautiful state. Unfortunately, none of that matters because people hear of the troubles the city is having and the "yoyo nature of the auto industry". The crime, corruption blight, poverty, and social/racial issues that plagues most of the 139 square miles of land known as Detroit drags the whole metropolitan area and state through the mud, and that really is not fair. Unfortunately, that seems to be what the media peddles, and what people believe. The turnaround of the city is key, not only for the metro area, but for the state as a whole. The city was once home to close to 2 million people and now is home to around 700,000, which means there's a lot of vacant structures and crumbling infrastructure, so it isn't going to happen over night.
      Lunch
      • 2 Years Ago
      Deetroit has a lot of history. Sadly, it will never ever come back to its former glory. That's just reality. Post WW2 had American economic might. Europe and Japan was trashed and we were the only standing over it all. This is 2012 with a different economic reality, not 1950's Deetroit.
      Butch
      • 2 Years Ago
      Iam in complete agreement with Dave Vanderbosch. I am a retired GM WORKER.Great company to work for.As for you pbgardenpet you more than likely own a toyoda. The is GENERAL MOTORS!!!
      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Detroit, a blueprint for America's future as long as huff post liberals remain at the helm.
        MTU 5.0
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Walt
        While it is slightly more complicated than that, Detroit has been run by Democrats for DECADES. That is undeniable, even to the liberal trolls marking your comment down. They have grossly mismanaged the city, and any reform proposals were met with further entrenchment and divisiveness. But the economic waters always find their level, and the day has finally come where they have to balance the books, or have it done for them in bankruptcy.
      wat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why would people be afraid the city is in debt? That's pretty much all major cities in this modern day economy. The real problem is the 'black' crime over there, which is just ridiculous. If only this country had the balls to execute every single criminal that tried to rob or break into a home with a gun. They have an intent to kill, so it's not too serious of a punishment. Would deter a lot of idiots and bring prosperity.
      dave and mary
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe they just need to infuse the city with more stuff for free. It seemed to work well under LBJ's "Great Society". Right.
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