Detroit suspends water shut-offs for 15 days

posted at 8:41 pm on July 21, 2014 by Allahpundit

More than half of Detroit’s residential accounts are either 60 days overdue or owe $150 or more. A bankrupt city needs the money. Solution: Pay up or do without water. Some people can’t, of course. They’re broke and simply can’t come up with what they owe.

Some. Not all.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is suspending water shut-offs for 15 days starting Monday…

He said half of the customers whose water was cut off never made arrangements to get it turned back on, leading officials to believe they were using the service illegally. So during the 15-day pause, the department is informing “shutoff crews to more aggressively turn off illegal use.”…

Johnson said 89,000 customers owe about $91 million. Detroit had 176,879 active residential water accounts as of June 30. Thousands of those had water restored within 48 hours after paying their overdue bills or getting into a payment program. The department had cut off service to more than 2,000 residential accounts in the first two weeks of July…

Detroit’s City Council recently approved a rate increase of 8.7 percent. The increase not only covers the bills of city rate payers, but also the costs associated with individuals who are not paying or are gaming the system.

Not unlike an insurance industry “death spiral,” as more consumers drop out of the payment pool, the smaller number who are left are forced to absorb a greater share of the cost for operating the system, which means even higher rates, which in turn drives even more people out of the pool, etc. But look again at that third paragraph; when the water department went knocking on doors, it turned out thousands of people had the money to pay their debts. Why’d they choose not to, then? Because, says the Detroit Free Press, of a “culture of nonpayment” created by the city government during its fast-track-to-civic-destruction days:

“No other major city in America has let accounts go delinquent for so long,” Nowling said…

[T]here’s no question that the department’s longstanding history of tolerance for unpaid bills has helped to create a culture that enables nonpayment by those who can afford to. Sound policy would discern who can’t pay, and who won’t, before cutting off service.

But because of the culture of nonpayment that the department helped to create — and with $90 million in bad debt, it’s impossible to argue that the department hasn’t contributed to this problem — such a policy shift should come slowly, and should err on the side of caution.

In other words, water has effectively been free in Detroit for anyone willing to game the system. That era is ending now because, as tends to happen when more money is spent on entitlements than collected, the math eventually gives out. The water department’s catching flak from critics because, allegedly, they didn’t do enough to distinguish the willing deadbeats from the truly needy in cutting off service this month — they’re being sued for not providing nonpayors their constitutional right to due process before cutting them off — but watch the clip below of the protest from Friday. Sounds like they’re less interested in the timeframe they’re being given to pay than the fact that they’re not being bailed out like Wall Street was in 2008. How about a teeny tiny tax on banks to help pay for Detroit’s water? I’m sure this is a one-time thing and the precedent won’t be exploited.


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Hooray free-dumb!

Flange on July 21, 2014 at 8:43 PM

I’m all down with not billing Detroit’s citizenry. Just ship the excess water out West, where we could really use it. If they ain’t gonna pay for it, we will.

Vanceone on July 21, 2014 at 8:44 PM

How much free water would it take to flush Detoilet?

Armed Texan on July 21, 2014 at 8:51 PM

NAACP: Detroit Shutting Residents Water Off For Not Paying Their Bills Is Racially Motivated…

DETROIT (WWJ) – After a class action lawsuit filed against the city of Detroit, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund says that recent water shutoffs to Detroit residents were racially motivated.

Veronica Joice with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund says, “That (the shutoffs are) being done in a discriminatory fashion; and they should at least take a look at whether there’s a better way to do this that doesn’t affect the most vulnerable citizens — the majority of whom are African American here in Detroit.”

Attorney Alice Jennings, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of Detroit residents, said it’s a known fact that there are corporations that owe hundreds of thousands of dollars to the city of Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

“These companies are basically Caucasian companies,” Jennings said. “The folks who are being cut off are almost one hundred percent African American.”

Asked by WWJ’s Charlie Langton directly if this is a “racial issue,” Jennings replied: “It sure is! You bet it is.”

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department stopped service to about 7,200 homes and businesses in June, compared to 1,570 in the same month last year. Water was restored to 43 percent after customers paid or worked out payment plans.

Resist We Much on July 21, 2014 at 8:54 PM

I bet they all made sure their cable TV bill was paid on time.

Mark1971 on July 21, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Right. Let’s look see how many of those people have smart phones, or spend money on drugs. Let’s see how big a TV they have, or what their internet bill is. A water bill is one of the easiest things to pay, and cheaper than what these people are likely spending on non-essential expenses.

Dongemaharu on July 21, 2014 at 8:56 PM

There’s more, Allah:

Keep the following demographics in mind as you read the following story:

As of the 2010 Census, the racial composition of Detroit, MI, was:

82.7% Black or African American;
10.6% White (7.8% non-Hispanic whites, 2.8% Hispanic whites);
3% from other races;
1.1% Asian;
2.2% from two or more races;
0.4% American Indian;
0.02% Pacific Islander.

In addition, 6.8% of the population self-identified as Hispanic or Latino, of any race, with ancestry mainly from Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Source: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/26/2622000.html

NAACP: Detroit Water Service Shutoffs Are Racially Motivated

Enjoy!

Newtie and the Beauty on July 21, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Resist We Much on July 21, 2014 at 8:54 PM

I’m still trying to figure out what the NAACP flak means by *ahem!* Caucasian companies…

Newtie and the Beauty on July 21, 2014 at 8:58 PM

I bet nobody ever lets their cell phone get shut off.

NeoKong on July 21, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Just another Democratic “Worker’s Paradise” where everything is “free”!

GarandFan on July 21, 2014 at 9:03 PM

I see everyone is out today not realizing how the financial crisis started… Derivatives and credit swaps…

Well, interest rate swaps are 10x worse than interest rate swaps… Here’s some perspective…

“While the poorest Detroiters have their water cut off for owing $150, JPMorgan Chase, UBS, Loop Financial and Morgan Stanley were paid $537 million in termination fees on interest rate swaps out of $1 billion in bonds . . . that were earmarked to fund repairs of the water infrastructure system, not line the pockets of these four banks.”

Unless you know how fixed and variable interest rate swaps work, and don’t understand how the banks know how the Fed is going to act, then you have to stop talking about “people wanting free things…”

Wall Street buried this town while it was barely breathing. Now there is no capital left to fix the situation… Explain to me how you rebuild a town without capital.

Washington Fancy on July 21, 2014 at 9:07 PM

correction:

interest rate swaps are 10x worse than mortgage swaps… in size, scale, and structure. Get ready.

Washington Fancy on July 21, 2014 at 9:08 PM

YOUR “UTOPIA” HAS BEEN CONTROLLED BY DIMOCRATS FOR THE LAST 60 YEARS.

VOTE BETTER NEXT TIME, MORONS.

Meople on July 21, 2014 at 9:09 PM

So what, Washington Fancy?

Big banks doing something shady? Okay, I can listen. Why does big banks being shady excuse people from not paying their water bill for years on end?

If JP Morgan is dealing illicitly, does that mean I can stop paying my Verizon bill?

Vanceone on July 21, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Explain to me how you rebuild a town without capital.
Washington Fancy on July 21, 2014 at 9:07 PM

You bought it, you pay for it–it’s called personal responsibility.

Water bills are included.

Newtie and the Beauty on July 21, 2014 at 9:13 PM

I’m still trying to figure out what the NAACP flak means by *ahem!* Caucasian companies…

Newtie and the Beauty on July 21, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Yes’m, how is the Water and Sewer Dept “white”?

Does the City of Detroit only employ Caucasians? Are the vast profits from running the sewer farm diverted to Zionist pockets?

I’d love for the NAAColoredPeople to discuss this openly.

Dolce Far Niente on July 21, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Detroit suspends water shut-offs for 15 days

Low-life FREELOADERS get a reprieve!

Pork-Chop on July 21, 2014 at 9:15 PM

But because of the culture of nonpayment

…. I think I’ll join this “culture” and not pay taxes anymore.

Key West Reader on July 21, 2014 at 9:16 PM

I’d love for the NAAlwaysComplainingPeople to discuss this openly.
Dolce Far Niente on July 21, 2014 at 9:13 PM

FIFY, Dolce ;-)

I haven’t seen this many people demanding their *ahem!* right to a free ride in a long time…

Sorry, Detroit, but TANSTAAFL.

Newtie and the Beauty on July 21, 2014 at 9:16 PM

“These companies are basically Caucasian companies,” Jennings said. “The folks who are being cut off are almost one hundred percent African American.”

Asked by WWJ’s Charlie Langton directly if this is a “racial issue,” Jennings replied: “It sure is! You bet it is.”

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department stopped service to about 7,200 homes and businesses in June, compared to 1,570 in the same month last year. Water was restored to 43 percent after customers paid or worked out payment plans.

Resist We Much on July 21, 2014 at 8:54 PM

. . . there once was a country where many farms were Caucasian. And the enlightened African-African government did what it needed to do, seized the Caucasian farms . . .

Axe on July 21, 2014 at 9:18 PM

I bet nobody ever lets their cell phone get shut off.

NeoKong on July 21, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Obama phones are “free”

Key West Reader on July 21, 2014 at 9:18 PM

How ya gonna wash the Escalade without water, yo?

wolly4321 on July 21, 2014 at 9:19 PM

I haven’t seen this many people demanding their *ahem!* right to a free ride in a long time…

Newtie and the Beauty on July 21, 2014 at 9:16 PM

They should receive a free ride – one-way, to a country of their choice willing to accept them, on condition of waiving their citizenship rights and the right to reapply.

Rix on July 21, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Detroit is 80% black, if I’m correct. I was in the garbage business for 20 years, in majority black neighborhoods, collections were the worst. We had a good 25 percent that were overdue and 10 percent that we could never collect on. In other neighborhoods, in was 1/3 of that. Part of it was generational poverty, but much of it is cultural. I’m not saying it to be racist, but quite a few black folks won’t give you a dime until you leverage the threat of cutting their service off against them.

Corporal Tunnel on July 21, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Gimme gimme gimme

dolfan on July 21, 2014 at 9:20 PM

The “Utopian Democrat Liberal Plantations” are revolting… against the White Liberals who created the culture of dependence and entitlement.

I’m so damned sick and tired of struggling to pay bills, feed my family and do the right thing… When I go to Wal Mart it never ceases to amaze me at the “immigrant” families and AA’s who load their carts with the best steaks and other items that money can buy. With fancy clothes, shoes and weaves they loudly march through the store and complaining when the line at the checkout is too long. After all that, they proudly swipe that EBT and laugh all the way back to their cadillacs and chevy’s with hoopdee rims.

/Fed up.

Key West Reader on July 21, 2014 at 9:22 PM

I’m sure Obama will pay their bills with ObamaMonaay from his stash !

burrata on July 21, 2014 at 9:25 PM

“No other major city in America has let accounts go delinquent for so long,” Nowling said…

Have you ever heard of Philadelphia?

blammm on July 21, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Washington Fancy on July 21, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Uh, so water was always free in Detroit? Obooba gave millions to Solyndra and they lost it all, does that mean I don’t have to pay my electric bill?

BeachBum on July 21, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Wall Street buried this town while it was barely breathing. Now there is no capital left to fix the situation… Explain to me how you rebuild a town without capital.

Washington Fancy on July 21, 2014 at 9:07 PM

You mentioned that Wall Street buried this town while it was barely breathing. Fair enough. How did Detroit get to the point that it was barely breathing? Is it possible that Detroit was on a downward slide for a lot longer than the last five, ten, fifteen, or twenty years due to the way it has been run?

Let’s say there was capital left to fix the situation as you mentioned above. If the city was already on the skids what makes you think any amount of capital was going to fix the broken system that was/is in place? Any capital at all applied to Detroit would be a waste since the near criminal system already in place will not correct itself.

Mark Boabaca on July 21, 2014 at 9:33 PM

This too bad…..they should be SHUTTING OFF ALL of their water…..and Setting Their Houses On Fire!!!1

Set Them ON FIRE!!!….

williamg on July 21, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Coleman Young told all the white people to move north of 8 Mile and out of the city. Why should white people pay a dime to help the racist blacks that destroyed the city? Detroit is the end results of the unholy alliance of democrat party politics and black liberation theology/social justice.

Flange on July 21, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on July 21, 2014 at 8:56 PM

I liked czynik’s post on that news bit..

Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:

America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.

Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.

They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.

Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.

The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.

They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

going2mars on July 21, 2014 at 9:47 PM

The great majority of those whose water was shut off are black, so disparate impact y’know. There it is.

slickwillie2001 on July 21, 2014 at 9:47 PM

If Detroiter’s get away with not paying their water bill, it will be the electric bill and the gas bill after that and then, of course, why should they pay the landlord, the mortgage, or any other bill?

If Detroiter’s get away with nonpayment for services like utilities, perhaps the rest of us should just follow suit, including… our taxes.

thatsafactjack on July 21, 2014 at 9:48 PM

So according to Democrats, a company can be racist.

But heaven forbid one claim to be religious.

byepartisan on July 21, 2014 at 9:55 PM

“Banks got bailed out, we got sold out!”

And I bet 95% of your whining nimrods voting for the clown responsible for that first part.

BTW – there’s a HUGE inland freshwater lake several blocks away if you get thirsty.

locomotivebreath1901 on July 21, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Wall Street buried this town while it was barely breathing. Now there is no capital left to fix the situation… Explain to me how you rebuild a town without capital.

Washington Fancy on July 21, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Why was it barely breathing when wall street buried it?

As for the free water do like us rural folks do dig a well to get your “free” water and don’t forget to figure out something for dealing with the waste water after all the water fees probably cover waste water treatment in Detroit.

wifarmboy on July 21, 2014 at 9:56 PM

So Coleman Young provided us with a view of what the rest of the country becomes when you have a Commie in charge.

Can we give Detroit back to the Indians?

formwiz on July 21, 2014 at 9:56 PM

How ya gonna wash the Escalade without water, yo?

wolly4321 on July 21, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Wollie Bollie…jokes about race ain’t my thang….not saying you should or should not….but, Escalades is so 2000. Try Dodge Charger to be more in the 2010s.

HonestLib on July 21, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Flange on July 21, 2014 at 9:41 PM

when I was born we lived just south of 5mile ..
livernois and finkell area here..

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.4012283,-83.1402105,119m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

for fun, just street view the place…drive around a bit..
it is the product of over 50 years of Liberal Race based politics..
black people are in ALL forms of power and have been for 50 years..
they have no one to blame…but themselves..
we left after the 67/68 riots…
how long were we suppose to stay to be beaten, burned, shot, raped and robbed??
truly h3ll in America… but that’s the way they want it..
now they got it..
you are 100% correct in your post… I saw it first hand..

going2mars on July 21, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Absolutely delightful to see moochers suffer. No a drop of pity will be shed for Detroit or any residing therein.

Jedditelol on July 21, 2014 at 10:02 PM

HonestLib on July 21, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Come on man, don’t you know, you have to drive a Government Motors of some kind just to show your support for The One. Preferably a tax payer subsidized, Chevy Re-Volt with a “Yes We Can” Obama sticker on the back, just to rub it in the faces of all the Obama-hating racists out there in suburbia.

Meople on July 21, 2014 at 10:03 PM

So according to Democrats, a company can be racist.

But heaven forbid one claim to be religious.

byepartisan on July 21, 2014 at 9:55 PM

This is the same concept of disparate impact whereby schools are ordered to discipline white students at the same rate as black students, because to do otherwise would be racist.

Just another reason K-12 is going to hell.

slickwillie2001 on July 21, 2014 at 10:08 PM

How ya gonna wash the Escalade without water, yo?

wolly4321 on July 21, 2014 at 9:19 PM

I hear someone say “yo” and I don’t care what race they are, I just want to beat on them with a bat.

slickwillie2001 on July 21, 2014 at 10:10 PM

First it’s water, then electric, then gas, then the mortgage, then…

Obama sets a precedent with his lawlessness.

We should get out ahead of this and cut him off. No more tax funds for you, Barry.

azpatriotsdotcom on July 21, 2014 at 10:14 PM

great old building… fantastic style and bones..
if it was in almost any other city USA..
(drop into street view almost anywhere in Detroit.. looks like this)

https://www.google.com/maps/@42.40268,-83.139563,3a,90y,6.92h,95.78t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sg3mcDUmUNajK_pmqUuRXyg!2e0?hl=en

going2mars on July 21, 2014 at 10:16 PM

They all have those new tats, salon painted nails & doos; dey got dem Obamaphones, high speed internet, got dat satelite & cable TV and dey buy all dem new Kanye West & Beyonce CDs…they’re fat as ticks on a hound and they drive gas guzzling cars. But they can’t pay their freakin’ water bill like the rest of the world has to.

Let ‘em haul their own water out of those Great Lakes they live on. Lazy miscreants.

bimmcorp on July 21, 2014 at 10:19 PM

going2mars on July 21, 2014 at 9:57 PM

I almost got mugged in that area while working. I lived at Mack and Alter from ’99 until ’10. Worked at Sindbad’s, next to DWS and cleaned carpets for several slum lord’s in the city. I’ve been in hundreds of these house that are having their water turned off. They almost all had new video games, nicer TV’s than me and top shelf liquor. One house I went to, the 50 year great grandmother was smoking a joint with her daughter and her granddaughter, with the 1 year great granddaughter sitting on her lap. Cockroaches everywhere, but 2 large screen TV’s and at least 3 different video game consoles and a fully stocked bar.

Flange on July 21, 2014 at 10:22 PM

with a huge hat tip to RWM…
this is what the citizens did with a once proud city..

and another billion or twenty wont change
the mind set that drove Detroit to this…

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-ruins-of-detroit.html

going2mars on July 21, 2014 at 10:24 PM

…there are no white people running the water department.

JugEarsButtHurt on July 21, 2014 at 10:29 PM

No amount of capital will fix that city. When I saw “Blackhawk Down” I thought it was a movie chronicling the arrest of Kwame Kilpatrick. But then I realized, there are places even Delta Force won’t go.

Exninja on July 21, 2014 at 10:31 PM

I hear someone say “yo” and I don’t care what race they are, I just want to beat on them with a bat. slickwillie2001 on July 21, 2014 at 10:10 PM

I’m down with that, dog. I got the what up. My girl jeanteal say it give her creep.

wolly4321 on July 21, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Flange on July 21, 2014 at 10:22 PM

my grandmother got mugged in 68..pretty bad..
we left within 3 months… sold the house to some shady broker
for about a 1/3 its worth…just to get out..
during the 67 riots we watched big console televisions
run down our street with 4 legs… many times..
grams told me they were 4 legged televisions to make lite of it..
in late 67 a old man dies in the ally way behind our house..
needle still in his arm,…

its no place to be born
its no place to be raised
its no place to grow up
its no place to live
and it aint no place to die in…

going2mars on July 21, 2014 at 10:36 PM

This is going to confuse one of our resident trolls. I can’t remember the thread it was on (or which troll it was), but the gist was that water was free, all one had to do was turn on a tap, and there it was.

Left Coast Right Mind on July 21, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Ever heard of car pooling? Well, with all those water shutoffs, the next thing will be toilet pooling.

Anyone in Detroit with a paid up water bill will be called upon to handle their deadbeat neighbors ‘sanitary needs’. ‘Course then their water bills will rise beyond their ability to pay as well.

I am grateful the prevailing winds blow the other way …

Woody

woodcdi on July 21, 2014 at 10:37 PM

ONLY 176K residential customers?? that place is in worse shape than I thought.

deimos on July 21, 2014 at 10:42 PM

it is exactly the way they want it..
and for evidence of that…
john conyers has represented a chunk of Detroit for 50 years..
he must be doing what the citizens want…
first elected in 65 and still on the ballot..
his wife got out of prison…so everything in the crib is cool..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monica_Conyers

going2mars on July 21, 2014 at 10:46 PM

its no place to live
and it aint no place to die in…

going2mars on July 21, 2014 at 10:36 PM

That being said, the 313 just turned 313 years old. It was destroyed on purpose by the progressive. The Arsenal of Democracy was the first casualty of the sabotaging of the west.

Flange on July 21, 2014 at 10:47 PM

I see everyone is out today not realizing how the financial crisis started… Derivatives and credit swaps…

Washington Fancy on July 21, 2014 at 9:07 PM

Maybe-I still don’t think that totally is responsible, though…more like the straw that broke the camel’s back. I think in reality the economy’s been shaky for at least a century. What’s the next straw? Companies lying about their real stock values and worth? Massive unemployment? Inflation? Deflation? Stock bubble bursting? Interest rates? Energy prices? Sure there’s more out there.

Our water bill recently went up by 38% and this is a “red” county.

When an economic system crashes, the simplest things can no longer be maintained because the costs have become too exorbitant. The bureaucracies have become too incompetent. There’s not enough real wealth backing up the system. There isn’t enough money to wring from taxpayers any longer. Bastille Day looms on the horizon.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 21, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Flange on July 21, 2014 at 10:47 PM

they are celebrating 313…
maybe we can still get tickets??

http://www.freep.com/article/20140720/NEWS01/307200093/The-313-turns-313–Happy-birthday–Detroit-

going2mars on July 21, 2014 at 10:51 PM

There’s more, Allah:

Keep the following demographics in mind as you read the following story:

As of the 2010 Census, the racial composition of Detroit, MI, was:

82.7% Black or African American;
10.6% White (7.8% non-Hispanic whites, 2.8% Hispanic whites);
3% from other races;
1.1% Asian;
2.2% from two or more races;
0.4% American Indian;
0.02% Pacific Islander.

In addition, 6.8% of the population self-identified as Hispanic or Latino, of any race, with ancestry mainly from Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Source: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/26/2622000.html

NAACP: Detroit Water Service Shutoffs Are Racially Motivated

Enjoy!

Newtie and the Beauty on July 21, 2014 at 8:56 PM

So you’re saying black people are deadbeats?

That’s racist!

Bigbullets on July 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Coleman Young told all the white people to move north of 8 Mile and out of the city. Why should white people pay a dime to help the racist blacks that destroyed the city? Detroit is the end results of the unholy alliance of democrat party politics and black liberation theology/social justice.

Flange on July 21, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Yep. No sympathy whatsoever.

This book helped to fill in the gaps for me. Sad reading.

PatriotGal2257 on July 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

on and around July 24, that being the day in 1701 when Antoine Cadillac and his band of voyageurs decided to settle here,” Sadler said.

going2mars on July 21, 2014 at 10:51 PM

How magnanimous of the Free Press, normally they refer to Cadillac and his crew as scoundrels.

Flange on July 21, 2014 at 10:57 PM

I see everyone is out today not realizing how the financial crisis started… Derivatives and credit swaps…

Well, interest rate swaps are 10x worse than interest rate swaps… Here’s some perspective…

“While the poorest Detroiters have their water cut off for owing $150, JPMorgan Chase, UBS, Loop Financial and Morgan Stanley were paid $537 million in termination fees on interest rate swaps out of $1 billion in bonds . . . that were earmarked to fund repairs of the water infrastructure system, not line the pockets of these four banks.”

Unless you know how fixed and variable interest rate swaps work, and don’t understand how the banks know how the Fed is going to act, then you have to stop talking about “people wanting free things…”

Wall Street buried this town while it was barely breathing. Now there is no capital left to fix the situation… Explain to me how you rebuild a town without capital.

Washington Fancy on July 21, 2014 at 9:07 PM

All we need to know is that it was Bush’s fault. No need to explain the intricacies.

Bigbullets on July 21, 2014 at 10:58 PM

PatriotGal2257 on July 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

LaDuff is a pretty colorful reporter. I’m surprised he has been picked up nationally.

Flange on July 21, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Once upon a time in my pre-retirement life, I worked for an electric utility. The motto of the collections department was, “Pay your bill, or get a candle.”

Funny how proper motivation can work.

WestTexasBirdDog on July 21, 2014 at 11:07 PM

PatriotGal2257 on July 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

looks like a nice read…ty for the post..

going2mars on July 21, 2014 at 11:11 PM

LaDuff is a pretty colorful reporter. I’m surprised he has been picked up nationally.

Flange on July 21, 2014 at 10:59 PM

I forget where I first heard of the book, but I read the excerpt on Amazon and knew I had to get my hands on it for the rest of his story. LeDuff’s passion and rage for what the city has become is apparent in every sentence, but through it all, he doesn’t give up hope.

looks like a nice read…ty for the post..

going2mars on July 21, 2014 at 11:11 PM

You will like it, I’m sure, and perhaps be very saddened and even enraged by it. I would be if it were my hometown. From your post at 10:36, none of the things LeDuff talks about will surprise you.

PatriotGal2257 on July 21, 2014 at 11:26 PM

>“The folks who are being cut off are almost one hundred percent African American.”

Asked by WWJ’s Charlie Langton directly if this is a “racial issue,” Jennings replied: “It sure is! You bet it is.”

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department stopped service to about 7,200 homes and businesses in June, compared to 1,570 in the same month last year. Water was restored to 43 percent after customers paid or worked out payment plans.

So, if 43% can pay why aren’t they?

Is there a similar white community that has such a high rate of delinquincy?

Is there a reason that African Americans feel they shouldn’t have to pay their water bills?

talkingpoints on July 21, 2014 at 11:38 PM

PatriotGal2257 on July 21, 2014 at 11:26 PM

been enraged since we were forced to leave..
but it is a clear example of what progressivism is like..
Detroit went full Liberal Progressive faster than most cities..
with a heavy dose of Union and Black Theology tossed in..
stir and bake that cake for 50 years.. and its done..
no amount of money will save them from themselves..
its got great bones..
actually a nice piece of land..
but the mind set is where the destruction lies..
you cant adjust that with cash..

going2mars on July 21, 2014 at 11:39 PM

How ya gonna wash the Escalade without water, yo?
wolly4321 on July 21, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Ha!

tommer74 on July 22, 2014 at 12:14 AM

Explain to me how you rebuild a town without capital.

First, you become a participant and not just a recipient.

Wallythedog on July 22, 2014 at 1:09 AM

going2mars Jul 21, 2014 at 11:39 pm

Ohhh … I can’t imagine how infuriating that would be to be forced from your home. There are no words.

It is such a waste to see all those photos of crumbling buildings and once-beautiful homes and know that it none if it had to be but for progressive policies. Detroit is still a cautionary tale for the rest of the country but you are exactly right: no amount of money can change generations of minds who think they are owed something by everyone else. Couldn’t fathom how to start correcting it.

PatriotGal2257 on July 22, 2014 at 1:24 AM

I am from a suburb of Detroit and we are all sick of the whiners in Detroit…pay your freaking bills like the rest of us do..And of yea–keep voting Democrat..

Bullhead on July 22, 2014 at 2:03 AM

And people think I’m nuts for saying the next racial conflict will be one of survival. It doesn’t get much worse than stealing water, folks. You don’t have to be within arm’s reach unlike a mugger and you cannot LIVE if the H2O supplies get depleted by parasites.

Every protestor should return home to a well-holed gun range silhouette and a cheap bullwhip left on their doorstep, and a pink slip from their boss in the mailbox.

LawfulGood on July 22, 2014 at 4:29 AM

Flange on July 21, 2014 at 10:47 PM

they are celebrating 313…
maybe we can still get tickets??

http://www.freep.com/article/20140720/NEWS01/307200093/The-313-turns-313–Happy-birthday–Detroit-

going2mars on July 21, 2014 at 10:51 PM

I moved to the ‘burbs of this broken-down h3llhole of a city in the mid 90s. At that time one of the TV stations had a jingle that went, “Stand up and tell ‘em you’re from Detroit”. I mocked that to my Michigan-native husband incessantly. Here we are 20 years later. The city is ACTUALLY broken, and the people still have their heads buried four feet deep in sand. “It will come back!” blah, blah, blah.

It’s uncanny, the lies Michiganders tell themselves about Detroit. It’s actually a huge part of Detroit’s problem, IMO. Too much fairy tale surrounding it.

Grace_is_sufficient on July 22, 2014 at 6:24 AM

Too much fairy tale surrounding it.

Grace_is_sufficient on July 22, 2014 at 6:24 AM

That’s the liberal mindset. Logic, reason and reality just don’t exist in their world. It’s all unicorns and rainbows. They stick their heads up their arses and HOPE things CHANGE.

Oldnuke on July 22, 2014 at 7:00 AM

perhaps the rest of us should just follow suit, including starting with… our taxes.

thatsafactjack on July 21, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Just to clarify.

GWB on July 22, 2014 at 8:57 AM