Detroit Suburbs Rank #7

Steve Dibert, MFI-Miami

Forbes Magazine released their annual list of the top 20 most miserable cities in America and the City of Detroit was ranked the number one most miserable city in America beating out it’s rust belt sister Flint that ranked number two.

Detroit’s ranking really is no surprise considering the city is weeks away from going bankrupt and hasn’t been able to adequately supply it’s residents with vital city services for at least a year.  Residents wait for hours for police to respond to calls and street lights don’t work.  Veteran reporters like Steve Neavling at the Motor City Muckraker point out on almost a daily basis, the city doesn’t even have enough functioning fire trucks and fire fighters to handle the out of control suspicious fires that are ravaging the city’s neighborhoods.

Detroit’s problems are hardly new. The City has been in a five-decade decline, paralleling the slide of the U.S. auto industry and the city’s debt rating was cut to junk by Moody’s in 1992 and today, the Detroit News posted a story about how over half of the property owners in Detroit refuse to pay their tax bills.

Detroit Mayor and former NBA All-Star Dave Bing wasn’t so downbeat about the City’s future,  He told Forbes, “There is no question that Detroit has many challenges.  With all due respect to the data in this report, Detroit is in the midst of a transformation. That transformation is being driven by my restructuring plan, which is focused on four key areas: public safety; public lighting; public transportation; and neighborhood blight removal.”

What was surprising from the list is that the suburbs of Detroit which very rarely rank on lists on this was ranked number 7.  The reason being is that the government-defined Warren metro division which includes the suburban counties of Oakland which was at one time the 3rd wealthiest county in the nation and it’s neighbor Macomb County saw it’s property values shrink by 53% due to the financial crisis.


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