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Detroit: Just how bad is it?

The skyline of Detroit's downtown.

And this final note, as we reported on today's show, the city of Detroit has filed for bankruptcy -- the biggest municipal default in U.S. history.

Just to give you an idea of things:

  • 700,000 people live in Detroit today -- less than half the city's population in 1950.
  • The unemployment rate is now above 18 percent.
  • Less than half of Detroit residents over the age of 16 are working.
  • Per capita income is just over $15,000 per year.
  • And though it's still called the Motor City, there is only one auto plant currently operating in the city.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.
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You need to get a new fact checker. (If you even employ one at all) The City of Detroit has two fairly new large auto plants. In addition to the Chrysler plant. It also has a General Motors plant. Check the links below & try to fix your sloppy "reporting"

http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/company_info/facilities/assembly/dham...
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/18/general-motors-detroit-hamtramc...

If people want accurate news they should listen to radio shows like CounterSpin or PRI's The World not Marketplace's rightwing junk.

It reminds me of a poignant comment by a comedian. OK it was Chris Rock. He spoke about living in a near all white community. He was 1 of 3 African Americans. It was him, a basketball player (I think Magic?) and a superstar rapper (J-Z I just don't remember). The important thing was his neighbor was a dentist. Not the best dentist in the world but a good dentist and he lived there. It took the other three being the best they could be at their profession to live there. Equality.

It reminds me of a poignant comment by a comedian. OK it was Chris Rock. He spoke about living in a near all white community. He was 1 of 3 African Americans. It was him, a basketball player (I think Magic?) and a superstar rapper (J-Z I just don't remember). The important thing was his neighbor was a dentist. Not the best dentist in the world but a good dentist and he lived there. It took the other three being the best they could be at their profession to live there. Equality.

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