This story caught my eye today. As someone who started working in downtown Detroit 2 weeks ago, this story caught my interest: Super Bowl Host Is U.S.’s Poorest Big City
This story is the same old “Detroit is a pit” story that has been in the national news forever. It has been 10 years since I last worked in downtown Detroit, and the difference between then and now is remarkable. I am sure that you could go to every major city and find neigborhoods like this:
The scenery along Van Dyke Street near Lauderdale’s home would be familiar to anyone who has seen “8 Mile,” Eminem’s movie about life in Detroit. The street’s once-bustling commercial section is dominated by boarded-up stores, charred buildings and vacant lots. The only signs of activity are at storefront churches and the occasional liquor store and hot-dog joint.
This is the “Stuck on Stupid” story. It is amazing that someone got paid to write it. The news is that Detroit has put itself together enough to host a Superbowl, not that Detroit has it’s rough spots.