Detroit Flashback

Detroit’s “Coloreds-only” Flashback

Financial markets are unsentimental places. That’s why it is a little strange that Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is pumped up about the Entrepreneurs of Color program, a creation of the nonprofit Detroit Development Fund, JPMorgan Chase and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The “coloreds-only” loan initiative sends the message that the city tacitly, if not officially, supports race […]

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Detroit insurance rates

What really drives Detroit insurance rates?

Suburban and rural lawmakers are already distancing themselves from Mayor Mike Duggan’s “D-Insurance” legislation, designed to reduce auto insurance costs in Detroit — with good reason. The bill’s passage would give Detroit drivers a major rate break. But if millions of other Michigan motorists have their benefits reduced, or pay higher premiums, it boils down […]

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Resurrection of the welfare beast

There is only one explanation why the Obama administration was bold enough to drastically expand the welfare state: His political advisors know that criticism over suspending welfare work requirements and increasing food stamps will invoke an emotional debate over the “callous versus the caring.” Democrats will love this discussion—Republicans not so much. But this great […]

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Liberate jitneys

The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) is inundated with chronic bus maintenance problems, labor issues, an aging fleet, unreliable schedules, high operating costs and overall bad service.  Shielded from market forces by huge tax subsidies, DDOT engages in petty turf wars with the equally inefficient and subsidized Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) system. […]

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Death of a city

In 1996, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) used census trends to project that Detroit’s population would shrink from just over 1-million residents to 839,400 by 2020. SEMCOG, and the data it used, didn’t come close to predicting how far and fast Detroit would fall from respectability. Mayor Dave Bing responded to Detroit’s population […]

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