Detroit's bankruptcy is still a fresh wound, and it's slowly but surely becoming infected as people start looking for something – anything – to sell to pay the city's debts. While the sale of the Detroit Institute of Art's collection of paintings has been well publicized for those of us that live in the area, another collection is under threat due to the city's lack of funds.

Automotive News reports on the state of the Detroit Historical Museum's car collection - a 65-vehicle fleet that includes a 1924 Hupmobile Roadster and a rare, pre-production 1963 Ford Mustang (yes, a 1963 Mustang).

The story goes beyond recounting the state of the Historical Museum (not to mention the genuinely world class DIA). It looks at why the car, the very thing that the DHM is seeking to protect, contributed to the collapse that the city is going through at this moment. Click through for the full story from Automotive News on the case for the car dooming Detroit.


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      mylexicon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Did manufacturing wealth and labor mobility kill Detroit? No, but stupid questions might be killing Detroit. The cars that carried people away could just have easily carried people back into the city. Detroit did a terrible job attracting residents and businesses, and they had quite a few terrible social and economic calamities. The people who run Detroit are incompetent, and, despite the importance of Detroit to our nation, they can scarcely drum up aid and outside investment. Culture of incompetence.
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        David MacGillis
        • 1 Year Ago
        I hate to agree with you because you are well.. Laser. But on this, you are completely right.
        rgrunner
        • 1 Year Ago
        The average pensioneer makes 20 grand a year. Not a huge sum. Since the early 80's, there has been a concerted effort to demonize unions, and drive down wages for the middle class. Raiders bought companies, loaded them with debt, raided the pension funds and then filed bankruptcy with what was left. CEO's and upper management now make exponentially more than the workers that they employ in the US. (those who haven't outsourced it all yet). Henry Ford paid high wages in his day, because he wanted his employees to be able to afford to buy his products. Current corporations have lost that vision, and the wage gap between haves and have-nots will only get worse the way things are now. That was the recipe for the fall of Czar Nicholas II by Lenin and his cohorts.
      divearnd
      • 1 Year Ago
      The problem - Unions, government bailouts that protect unions, government run by Democrats
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      rjen164497
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why can't the Unions bail out Detroit? If the Unions gave the same amount to Detroit as they gave to Liberal campaigns last election they could save Detroit.. If they collected one weeks pay from every Union worker they could save Detroit. The Unions broke Detroit, and want us to bailout what they did. What Democratic Government did.
      eb50tj
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know I'll get flack for my mistake of the ball Vs Hockey arena. Well, Hocky is a waste of time just like ball games, and most PRO sports in general... Let the "athletes" earn their way, just like the rest of us do. Then THEY can pay for the arena. You KNOW it gets stuck up Joe Publics a** in the end. I won't even get to the unions who screwed it up, BUT remember THEY backed republican war mongers as well as democrats who try to fix the reps messes. Look at it as a whole, and do NOT blame Obama, even the hand of GOD could NOT fix Dubbya's disaster! GET IT!!!!!!!!
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Detroit killed itself with unions.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      No.Detroit is killing itself with corruption.
        vietnamvet1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        It started with Coleman Young, Most people do not know the story behind him, And the Black Population does not want to admit it. They still Blame the White Man today, Like Young did, for their Failures
      EZEE
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes and this is why all cities with cars are dying.
      David
      • 1 Year Ago
      Detroit (the city) is already dead! Been there lately?
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          AngeloD
          • 1 Year Ago
          @yonomo200 At the same time, the City of Detroit Police resolve about 18% of the astonishing number of murders that occur there every year. Glad to hear the downtown areas have some life. But you can say the same thing about any crime-ridden bunghole US City driven to ruin by Democratic Party political machine corruption: Baltimore has the inner harbor, Memphis has Beale Street, etc.
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          The population went from 2 million to 700,000. It went from the highest per capita income to one of the lowest. It was one of the worst education systems in the USA. 58 minutes for police to show up, if they do at all. Large cities are being reclaimed by nature, as they were abandoned, destroyed, then animals returned. Maybe Detroit has finally hit rock bottom and has stabilized. Oh wait! Bankrupt!
          Mr.Krinkle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @EZEE Thank you for echoing public knowledge that has perpetuated through every publication in the US. It's a relief to hear it again without any aknowledgment of the progress that's been made. Historically, what happens when an entity successfully comes out of bankruptcy? This is more of a rhetorical question. Debt is shed and progress is made... Bankruptcy HAS to happen, there is no other option and Detroit will be much better off when it emerges.
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          Ex Mayor is in jail! Had an escalade for the wife. Most likely killed a dancer. Yep...great town !
          Jerry
          • 1 Year Ago
          There is a nice downtown core, but what about the blighted communities that surround it? Those are communities are what spawn all of the stereotypes. I go to downtown Detroit a lot for Tigers games and concerts at the Fox, but I breathe a sigh of relief that my car made it through the blight on the way in and out.
          Mr.Krinkle
          • 1 Year Ago
          @AngeloD You're missing the point. The statement was the Detroit is dead, when in actuality it is very much alive. People make generalizations about the city without knowing the facts. You can't support a police force if the city is bleeding money from mismanagement and corruption. That has been changing over the past few years and has taken a large step forward as of late.
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          Detroit COULD come out of bankruptcy and be healthy - but the question is, have the people learned, or have they not? Will bankruptcy just give them a new checkbook to which to start writing checks from? I wish them all the luck///
          motorhead
          • 1 Year Ago
          Mr.Krinkle, that's a good point about bankruptcy. So why didn't we let GM go thru the normal course of bankruptcy instead of bailing it out? GM - still owes billions to the US Treasury - still has the same problems.
      Rick
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is one reason why Detroit is broke. It was a one industry town, that enjoyed near monopoly status after WW2, but killed itself with unsustainable labor practices (i.e. greedy labor unions) as other countries built auto industries with cheaper labor. You don't compete, you lose.
        Vlad
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rick
        ...yeah, cheaper labor, like 100% unionized Germany. From Wikipedia: "German industrial relations are characterized by a high degree of employee participation up to co-determination in companies' boards ("Aufsichtsrat"), where trade unionists and works councils elected by employees have full voting rights. "
          Vlad
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Vlad
          It takes two to tango, Raz. German business understands the value of involving workers in decision-making, and accepts that workers have a stake in an enterprise. To American business (with the exception of more progressive industries, like hi-tech), workers " have no stake, they are costs". No wonder relationship between unions and owners are more hostile in the US than in Germany.
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          @Vlad
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        David MacGillis
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rick
        The auto industry\'s problems are not Detroit\'s problems. The auto industry\'s largest resident of Detroit left in 1958.. The city didn\'t collapse. It collapsed because of unimagineable corruption.
      Jerry
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would place blame on out sourcing, mass reproduction in blighted communities, racial tensions 20-30 years ago that resulted in the educated folks' flight to the suburbs, and 30-40 years of severely corrupted city government.
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