I think the Free State people have really gone in the wrong direction with New Hampshire. At the moment, it looks like they could scoop up Detroit at bargain prices (unless OCP outbids them and ‘takes Detroit private’) and start their libertarian utopia there. According to the news reports I read, theres around 78,000 abandoned homes so real estate should be cheap, cheap, cheap. Heck, buy a few square blocks and start gradually expanding. Heck, gun companies looking to move could buy the old auto plant buildings, move in their machinery, and probably get enormous concessions from the state.
The article I read said something like the average response time for 911 was about an hour, 90% of crimes went unsolved, 1/3 of the ambulance service is gone, 40% of the streetlights dont work, etc, etc, etc. I’m tellin’ ya man, get that big Powerball Jackpot and you could probably buy yourself a few entire neighborhoods in that town.
The fingerpointing, naturally, is loud and frequent. Its the fault of the unions, the businesses, the economy, the federal government, the state, the local government, and pretty much everyone except whoever is speaking at the moment. What’s readily apparent, though, is that Detroit spent more money than it had coming in. Period. Pension obligations, contracts, declining tax base, etc, etc, all amounted to spending more than what was coming in. Without being able to either generate more income (from a tax base that was fleeing in droves) or cutting services (which no one wants to get their fingerprints on) what else could have happened?
Is Detroit an example of whats coming up next in America or is it an exception that will, by its example, prevent other municipalities from following suit? I’m betting somewhere in the middle. I think that once the dust clears and other municipalities see how it went for Detroit they’ll also file (several cities in California spring to mind) but I think that for the most part these will be exceptions.
From a preparedness standpoint, if you want to wargame the ‘upcoming decline of America’ and a dystopic post-TSHTF world you would do pretty well using Detroit as a venue. Minimal public services, high crime, a Third World / Soviet style population base of unemployed fatalistic masses, crumbling infrastructure and burned out buildings….it’s like Fallout 3-D. Seriously, they should drop Bear Grylls down there with nothing but a knife, an EBT, and a pack of Marlboros and give him 30 days until evac. It would be like a cross between Escape From NY and Bat 21.
Every now and then I come across photo essays about the decay of Detroit and it shows neat old architecture being left to rot. Old factories, theaters, housing, etc, etc, it looks like scenese from Chernobyl. Someone with a buttload of cash really needs to just go in there, buy it up, and repopulate it with successful people and businesses. Alternatively, some well-funded and well-populated social group could do the same thing…heck, they could practically carve out a ‘homeland’….much like the way the Mormons claimed Utah.
The folks in Detroit apparently never saw this video: