Aerial Video Footage Of Detroit: “Today, from the air, parts of Detroit look like a war zone”

Former local TV reporter Chris Hansen, hosted a Dateline special on the devastation that the city of  Detroit has suffered. Via Gawker.tv:

Chris Hansen traveled to Detroit, Michigan for a Dateline special that aired tonight on the state of what is probably America’s most desolate city. And in aerial footage—devastation porn at its best—Detroit’s grim plight was revealed. Video inside.

“Today, from the air, parts of Detroit look like a war zone,” Hansen said in a voiceover near the beginning of the special, before he listed some of the most shocking facts about the city’s current state—the population is less than half of what it was decades ago; there are 400 liquor stores there, but only eight supermarkets—all while panning shots of the consequences of its deterioration flashed on the screen.

However, they really don’t mention that most of Detroit’s problems are a direct result of a continuous 50 year regimen of liberal Democrat policies. Even worse is the fact that Detroit’s current leadership is really not interested in changing direction.

While you watch this video remember what Lyndon B. Johnson said about in his Great Society speech (at the University of Michigan) in 1964:

Many of you will live to see the day, perhaps 50 years from now, when there will be 400 million Americans — four-fifths of them in urban areas. In the remainder of this century urban population will double, city land will double, and we will have to build homes, highways, and facilities equal to all those built since this country was first settled. So in the next 40 years we must re-build the entire urban United States.

Aristotle said: “Men come together in cities in order to live, but they remain together in order to live the good life.” It is harder and harder to live the good life in American cities today.

The catalog of ills is long: there is the decay of the centers and the despoiling of the suburbs. There is not enough housing for our people or transportation for our traffic. Open land is vanishing and old landmarks are violated.

Worst of all expansion is eroding the precious and time honored values of community with neighbors and communion with nature. The loss of these values breeds loneliness and boredom and indifference.

As someone who has lived most of my life in this area, I would be thrilled to see Detroit turn the corner. However, to do so, is going to require a complete move away from the Progressive era thinking that has crippled Detroit and embrace a conservative, free market approach to solving problems facing the city.

Otherwise, by applying the same Liberal Democrat policies Detroit has endured over the last 50 years, Detroit will get the same results.

Comments
  • fxdwg69 April 29, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Take a good look, folks. This is what America will look like in 50 years, if the current administration and congress continues on it’s present course. Detroit is in this shape because it’s people elected leaders that were bent on destroying it for short term gains.

  • Matt April 29, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    The title is incorrect. Detroit looks like a Liberal Zone. This is what liberalism does to a city. As you said, Obama wants to do it to the entire country.

  • steve April 29, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    @fxdwg69: exactly…

  • steve April 29, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    @Matt: Very true, this is what 50 years of uninterrupted liberalism does to a city.

  • brennemeister April 30, 2010 at 2:25 am

    So THIS is what 50 years of “Hope and Change” look like?

  • steve April 30, 2010 at 2:33 am

    @brennemeister: Depressing, isn’t it?

  • V328 July 19, 2012 at 2:44 am

    I’m not from Detroit but have been here this week on business at Selfridge ANGB. I had heard about the detrioration and had to see for myself. How did things get so bad? I also through other reading heard about the Cass Technical High School before it was torn down. It looked like a great great institution, lots for everyone, but if the infrastructure needed work or was too far gone, I can see why a new school was built. But what gets me is that all the materials (desks, books, tvs, chemistry equipment, etc…everything was left in the old building. Even if couldn’t be used for new school (don’t know why…ever heard of being thrifty?) what about the resale or scrap value of the equipment and books, and electronics etc… couldn’t that have been used towards costs. I saw whole neighborhoods near the Ford Hospital where these nice old homes boarded up… I guess the only thing now is to raze them and start a new neighborhood or not even if there aren’t people to live there. Seemed like Belle Island had alot to offer. I only new about it after watching some auto racing there on tv. For example the zoo, and the conservatory…. I didn’t get out to the far reaches of Detroit that were seen in the news clip. I hope your city recovers or stabilizes. Buy American…

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