@Joshua Dorkin I think you need to check this out! Detoit, government officials, and profits don't seem to fit well in a sentence, but in this case they do.
Can these Detroit officials be brought on a podcast and shown some love? The $20 dollar bill in my pocket is sizzling. How about yours?
In all seriousness~ How?!?!
that's how we roll in the D. Stupid stupid people
Ok - while this is sad and is something that really angers me as a taxpayer, I've got to say I'm not surprised.
The real problem is that the people we elect are primarily talented at getting elected. As a general rule anyone who has even reasonably marketable skills stays out of elected office and quietly goes about building a fortune in business. And those who later desire elected office tend to have motives unrelated to benefiting the taxpayers.
I can picture, and am academically sympathetic towards, how this happened in Detroit - but I cannot excuse it.
The Concept was superficially sound: We Will Revitalize An Area. But the underlying issue (insufficient job structure) is not addressed. People with a sound and stable job paying a viable wage will revitalize their own areas without outside stimulus. After all; that is how and why those homes were built originally.
But with the government focused on the icing and ignoring the cake and spending someone else's money - and very likely pimping the work to rapacious contractor 'friends' of theirs - here we are. <g>
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