Apr 2 2011

Mediocre Fight of the Day: Detroit vs Poverty

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Detroit installed the first mile of paved concrete road in 1909.  It is the potato chip capital of the world based on consumption. Detroit is home to the world’s only floating post office, the J.W. Westcott II which can be found on the Detroit River.  It is also second in the nation in fishing rod sales and has the most registered bowlers of any city in the United States.

Here’s a few more fun facts about Detroit: as of 2007, 33.8% of its residents were below the federal poverty level, highest among large U.S. cities.  Not to worry though, the suburbs are among the wealthiest!  Thank goodness for executive pay.  Unemployment in Detroit is close to 30% and the city’s population has shrunk from around 2m in 1950 to roughly half that today.  There are over 100,000 vacant houses in the city and while the average home price in 2003 was $98K as of 2009 it was $13K.

On the plus side Detroit, you will get that statue of Robocop!  Now if you could just get a real Robocop to round up all those executives and get them to move back downtown.

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