America The Fallen: 24 Signs That Our Once Proud Cities Are Turning Into Poverty-Stricken Hellholes – The City of Detroit Was Once Had The Highest Per-Capita Income In The United States!!


by Michael

Hellholes - Photo by Lyzadanger

What is happening to you America?  Once upon a time, the United States was a place where free enterprise thrived and the greatest cities that the world had ever seen sprouted up from coast to coast.  Good jobs were plentiful and a manufacturing boom helped fuel the rise of the largest and most vibrant middle class in the history of the planet.  Cities such as Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Baltimore were all teeming with economic activity and the rest of the globe looked on our economic miracle with a mixture of wonder and envy.  But now look at us.  Our once proud cities are being transformed into poverty-stricken hellholes.  Did you know that the city of Detroit once actually had the highest per-capita income in the United States?  Looking at Detroit today, it is hard to imagine that it was once one of the most prosperous cities in the world.  In fact, as you will read about later in this article, tourists now travel to Detroit from all over the globe just to see the ruins of Detroit.  Sadly, the exact same thing that is happening to Detroit is happening to cities all over America.  Detroit is just ahead of the curve.  We are in the midst of a long-term economic collapse that is eating away at us like cancer, and things are going to get a lot worse than this.  So if you still live in a prosperous area of the country, don’t laugh at what is happening to others.  What is happening to them will be coming to your area soon enough.

The following are 24 signs that our once proud cities are turning into poverty-stricken hellholes…

#1 According to the New York Times, there are now approximately 70,000 abandoned buildings in Detroit.

#2 At this point, approximately one-third of Detroit’s 140 square miles is either vacant or derelict.

#3 Back during the housing bubble, an acre of land in downtown Phoenix, Arizona sold for about $90 a square foot.  Today, an acre in downtown Phoenix sells for about $9 a square foot.

#4 The city of Chicago is so strapped for cash that it is planning to close 54 public schools.  It is being estimated that Chicago schools will run a budget deficit of about a billion dollars in 2013.

#5 The city of Baltimore is already facing unfunded liabilities of more than 3.2 billion dollars, but the city government continues to pile up more debt as if it was going out of style.

#6 Today, the murder rate in East St. Louis is 17 times higher than the national average.

#7 According to USA Today, the “share of jobs located in or near a downtown declined in 91 of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas” between 2000 and 2010.

#8 Between December 2000 and December 2010, 48 percent of the manufacturing jobs in the state of Michigan were lost.

#9 There are more than 85,000 streetlights in Detroit, but thieves have stripped so much copper wiring out of the lights that more than half of them are not working.

#10 The unemployment rate in El Centro, California is 24.2 percent, and the unemployment rate in Yuma, Arizona is an astounding 25.6 percent.

#11 It has been estimated that there are more than 1,000 homeless people living in the massive network of flood tunnels under the city of Las Vegas.

#12 Violent crime in the city of Oakland increased by 23 percent during 2012.

#13 If you can believe it, more than 11,000 homes, cars and businesses were burglarized in Oakland during 2012.  That breaks down to approximately 33 burglaries a day.

#14 As I have written about previously, there are only about 200 police officers assigned to Chicago’s Gang Enforcement Unit to handle the estimated 100,000 gang members living in the city.

#15 The number of murders in Chicago last year was roughly equivalent to the number of murders in the entire country of Japan during 2012.

#16 The murder rate in Flint, Michigan is higher than the murder rate in Baghdad.

#17 If New Orleans was considered to be a separate nation, it would have the 2nd highest murder rate on the entire planet.

#18 According to the Justice Department’s National Drug Intelligence Center,  Mexican drug cartels were actively operating in 50 different U.S. cities in 2006.  By 2010, that number had skyrocketed to 1,286.

#19 Back in 2007, the number of New York City residents on food stamps was about 1 million.  It is now being projected that the number of New York City residents on food stamps will pass the 2 million markthis summer.

#20 The number of homeless people sleeping in the homeless shelters of New York City has increased by a whopping 19 percent over the past year.

#21 As I noted yesterday, approximately one out of every three children in the United States currently lives in a home without a father.

#22 In Miami, 45 percent of the children are living in poverty.

#23 In Cleveland, more than 50 percent of the children are living in poverty.

#24 According to a recently released report, 60 percent of all children in the city of Detroit are living in poverty.

As I mentioned at the top of this article, the decline of the city of Detroit has become so famous that it has actually become a tourist attraction.  The following is a short excerpt from an article in the New York Times

But in Detroit, the tours go on, in an unofficial capacity. One afternoon at the ruins of the 3.5-million-square-foot Packard Plant, I ran into a family from Paris. The daughter said she read about the building in Lonely Planet; her father had a camcorder hanging around his neck. Another time, while conducting my own tour for a guest, a group of German college students drove up. When queried as to the appeal of Detroit, one of them gleefully exclaimed, “I came to see the end of the world!”

For much more on the shocking decline of one of America’s greatest cities, please see my previous article entitled “Bankrupt, Decaying And Nearly Dead: 24 Facts About The City Of Detroit That Will Shock You“.

So are there any areas of the country that are still thriving?

Well, yes, there are a few.  In particular, those areas that are sitting on top of energy resources tend to be doing quite well for now.

One example is Texas.  In recent years people have been absolutelyflocking to the state.  There are lots of energy jobs, the cost of living is low and there is no state income tax.

But overall, things are really tough out there.  Over the past decade America has lost millions of good jobs to offshoring, advancements in technology and a declining economy.

Last year, the United States had a trade deficit with the rest of the world of more than half a trillion dollars.  Overall, the U.S. has run a trade deficit with the rest of the world of more than 8 trillion dollars since 1975.

All of that money could have gone to U.S. businesses and U.S. workers.  In turn, taxes would have been paid on all of that income which could have helped keep our cities great.

But instead, our politicians have stood idly by as we have lost tens of thousands of businesses and millions of jobs.  If you can believe it, more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities have closed down permanently in the United States since 2001.

We have allowed our economic infrastructure to be absolutely gutted, and so we should not be surprised that our once proud cities are turning into poverty-stricken hellholes.

And this is just the beginning.  The next wave of the economic collapse is rapidly approaching, and when it strikes unemployment in this country will eventually rise to a level that is more than double what it is now.

When that happens, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near our rotting, decaying cities.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/herbert.hodge.7 Herbert Hodge

    Detroit MI, Birmingham AL,Chicago IL, Camden NJ… Anywhere you have a sufficiently large population of the blacks you are going to find 3ed world like conditions. As the black population grows, the effect will be more pronounced

    • http://www.facebook.com/ArundellWardour1 Susan Wardour

      Don’t forget Memphis, aka Memfrica, TN!!!

      • Greg Erkins

        This is the type of person you are Susan.
        You think there are genetically superior people on the planet. You think you are one of them. You misunderstand genetics and traits. Some are better than other is sports. But you are so far out there you have become what we refer to as a NAZI sympathizer.

        THIS IS WHAT SHE THINKS AS SHE WROTE TO ME,
        “YOU had better learn how to show the PROPER respect or YOU are so far out of here. YOU are just an American COMMONER who has forgotten the PROPER respect for those who are genetically and socially SUPERIOR to you!!!”

        You are a joke Susan.

    • shucknjiver

      anywhere you had white people exploit blacks for selfish greed is where you find 3rd world conditions. most any place of natural beauty was doin fine until your greedy souless ancestors thought they could exploit the land and people for unsustainable profit. accept your people’s lack of longterm critical thinking and planning. anywhere you have a large population of blacks in north america is probably because of the slave trade… only your family is probably one of the poor white families that that the rich white families hate too. suckers on a quest. lol!!

      • skrewdisqus

        dream on, you racist fool. Somali is the natural state of the black man. Any place that blacks are the majority is a shithole. Look at ALL of Africa.

  • hvaiallverden

    I can smell f….. for miles, and to putt any kind of blame on other races are a scam at best, delibirate racism at wurst.

    The lunatic in charge in WDC, have always driven people up into one and the others, and stil you belive this narrative about Races and their Inherent capasity and knowledge. The fact that the UssA is highly racistic is deply beried in rethoric of pure drivel from the angl/slavic white population. And I know this, I am white, but not Slavic, and thats anouf for them, we are Not humans.

    The real deal, covard f…. is this, you have been buttf….. from every consivable direction, and that by RobberBarons and their hedgmen, but as the utterly coverd f…. you are, you do as the rest, kick people already lying on the ground.
    The sick and the poor.
    The fact that you are Unable to muster anything even remotely close to Balls, unless of course you sitt in amromred trucks and kill inocents all over the world, is all that I need to confirm your despecable and historical level og covardness.

    Thats the MAIN problem, you dont even HAVE the balls to say No.

    The second issue goes strait into the real issue, and is closely realted to the ongoing finnascial f…up and thefth. The incestiouse relationsshipp between a cleptocratic and noe faudalistic goverment, with the biggest amry the world have ever seen, where paranoia is the new normal and hailed as a religion, and the private/corporate bands of Robberbarons and criminal oligarcs, protected by the same goverment, own the world, and you cant fight slave labor, or slave labor conditions. Hell you cant even live on the low salarys even in China.
    So they move everything to Vietnam/Thailand or likes.

    But despite the glearingly obvious problems and their cause, you dont have the balls to even say it.
    Look araound you, the european countrys are flattbroke, and is printing money a,w,s.
    As long as there is private sental banks, with their Intress, we are deeply f…. and will be it, no matter where on this planet you live, we will continue to be buttf….
    And still morons and plainly stupid people belive in the Game and their idiotic dogmas and consensusess.

    How mutch clearer must it be for even druling idiots to grasp the reality of this insane monetary policy, I have no idea, but the inherent inertia in this insanity will eventually simplly implode evenything, and reduce our world to a cage, where Dog eat Dog is the norm.
    Wellcome to the new dark ages, how ong this would be, depents intirly on You.
    They dont give a shitt, we know it now.

    But, hey, sleep on, drams is all you have left.

    peace

    • Javol

      WOW! You must be a minority, your grammar and spelling are terrible!

  • Bleau Gumms

    Minorities happened, specifically niggers. Each city you list is full of the non-working shit skins.

    • shucknjiver

      gay cracker greedy ass ignorant honkey pirates birthed lazy ingrates like you to exploit the black kings and queens for the hardwork we do naturally. dont blame your problems on black folks. learn to accept your own ancestors greed and lack of forsight in critical longterm thinking. stupid ass. lol!!

      • Bleau Gumms

        I don’t have any problems. You, muh brutha, you definitely have a few.

        • shucknjiver

          no problems here, just a passionate response to your ignorant racist statement… I love all y’all stupid muhfuckers equally! peace.

          • FreeThinker

            Racist statement or just reality? I choose reality.

      • FreeThinker

        oh, and by the way, I love it when people are shown the truth but refuse to accept it just start name-calling.

      • skrewdisqus

        “black kings and queens”? BWWAAAHHAAHHAAHahahaahahha SNORT!
        Yeah, DRUG kings and cross-dressing queens.

        • Matt Bowen

          You’re not particularly astute, are ya? Now, power down your Compaq and go beat the living piss out of your wife for MAKIN DEM GOT DAMN SLOPPY ASS EGGS THIS MORNIN!!!

          • skrewdisqus

            Well that was a well thought-out reply. I suppose that you presume that since you relate to women that way the rest of us do as well, huh? Guess what: You’d be wrong. Since you’re a foam-flecked leftist, ad hominems will be the best I can expect from you in lieu of cogent thought and reasoned discourse.

          • Matt Bowen

            Think of a better term than foam-flecked, it’s over-used. You’re a complete racist piece of dog shit. You are a waste of good oxygen, you stupid piece of shit.

          • Guest

            Seriously, kill yourself. You worthless piece of garbage. I’m not kidding.

          • Matt Bowen

            Your arguments deserve no serious rebuttal, because they’re so incredibly stupid, you dumb piece of shit.

  • champion sound

    the racism on this page is deplorable. the offshoring of manufacturing jobs, the military industrial complex, the prison industrial complex, the banking crisis, the bailouts, the divides in congress are not the fault of blacks. You could argue that face to face crime between maies is significantly higher amongst black people, but more as an offshoot of systemic racism. the rest of the nonsense is on the elite and privileged upper classes which happen to be generally much lighter skin. It doesn’t matter though because honestly, these problems confront everybody, not just black or white or yellow or purple. Everybody needs to pull together to rein in capital that has taken the boots to labour over the last several decades to create the mess we have now.

    • http://www.facebook.com/mark.potok.3 Mark Potok

      You sound like an idiot liberal college student. What is your major? Gender studies?!? What a dipshit! Niggers are animals, anywhere you have lots of niggers, it becomes a 3rd world hellhole!
      Instant ghetto, just add niggers!

    • skrewdisqus

      obamma me he gunna gib me a free cell phone! he gunna pay my rent…(sure it isn’t a “black” thing…)

      • Matt Bowen

        Right, the free phones that Obama started and passed out personally. Wait, that’s not how it happened! Reagan passed it and Bush expanded it! My bad. You’re a special breed of stupid, aren’t you? You’re gonna hate me…

  • http://www.facebook.com/dennis.miller.7359 Dennis Miller

    All Democratic cities~

  • douglas gray

    It has nothing to do with race, but with opposing views, the Obama view that socialist statism (Detroit) is a better system than unbridled capitalism (Texas). There are many abuses and imperfections in Texas, but it is clearly the lesser of two evils.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Bullshit, it has EVERYTHING to do with race. Look at Africa, look at Mexico, look at all of Central America. Why are millions upon millions of non whites flocking to Europe, Canada, Australia, and the United States? Why are White people not flooding the non white countries with immigration? Every single city mentioned in the above article is MAJORITY NON WHITE.

  • VideoZu Crue

    What’s hard to understand about ALL of US living ALL TOGETHER on the same ball of dirt?
    You have the audacity to look down on other men and women because, you are better than them?
    Really?
    You live in dirt.
    You eat from the dirt.
    You come from the dirt.
    You die and turn back to dirt.
    So, 7 billion people all come from dirt.
    Oh, and most dirt has shit in it.
    So, you’re a mixture of shit and dirt.
    Your brain is made from shit and dirt.
    Still feel special?
    So let’s be fair here and say everyone has shit for brains!
    That is why everything is in a mess.
    Divide the Public and you’ re conquered.

    • skrewdisqus

      Well we know how you see yourself. God made me. Observing society made my attitudes. The statistics back my attitude.

  • James

    We should do what Iceland did…..you probably don’t even know..do you??

    • paschn

      What we SHOULD do, (in addition to sticking the bank-scum in prison), is run the Central Banking Cabal OUT for the last time, then offer aid to other nations wanting to be rid of those filthy swine. They contribute NOTHING and STEAL it all. Then try and if convicted, imprison or execute every stinking politician involved with either Wall Street and/or lying us into these phoney wars and false flag attacks. Then….after we end Israeli training of our LEO’s, we can begin cleaning house with those steroid laced traitors. Did I miss anything?

  • Jerry

    I have to agree with the “blame the black men” theory. My neighborhood was predominantly white, (and I am not white just FYI) when it was in good standing and conditions; i.e. house prices, peaceful neighborhood, all the goodies. Then came a black family; they were not bad people, mind you. But, then came the big but, other black families started moving in and lo and behold, the kids and friends were so terrible that my family had to move. Long story short, blacks are every race’s worst nightmare. I know of Asian neighborhoods that were turned to 3rd worlds and all Asians moved out because blacks moved in. The only race that I know where I live that have kicked blacks out are Hispanics, and they have turned black neighborhoods from 3rd to at least 2nd. So, it is tough needless to say for people to accept the fact that no matter how hard the economy is, bad neighborhoods are avoidable, it just depends on the social conscious that is taking residence.

    My 2 cents.

    • shucknjiver

      your not white, but ignorant just the same. blacks were taught in horrible ignorant white schools, so blame the white teachers for a piss poor education of lies and deceit. columbus day, i swear… anywhere european white folks exploited the people and resources is where you find third world conditions. your racist economics, exclude and subjugated the working class… when the white owners picked up and moved the industry to china, while regulating no-competition clauses in america, it strangled american industry. stupid asses, trying to blame black folks lol… while the rich white owners hate your poor ass just the same.

      • FreeThinker

        Again, I say to you, Spearchucker, er, I mean, shucknjiver, is it racism or reality? The black folks love to blame white teachers/people for their own failings but any person is free to think on their own and make up their own minds. Why wouldn’t a black person say to themselves, “hey, I want to live in a nice neighborhood AND have a good job?” Instead, black folks leech FROM the system and contribute TO the system. College is available to anyone who chooses to pursue it. And, yes, black folks can get student loans and/or grants just like anyone else but do they/you? A very small percentage might. A VERY VERY VERY small percentage. You also say you don’t like when white people blame black folks but how can we not blame when we see it with our very own eyes.

      • skrewdisqus

        funny how whites, orientals and others go to those same schools and succeed. I guess it is just “racism” that causes Negroids to drop out huh? You know, the mandate that tells baby porch monkeys to admonish their own kind that if they excel, that they’re “acting too white”? The ones who call Condi Rice and Clarence Thomas “house niggers” and bust their azzes to bring down men like Herman Cain and Allen West? Racism IS a problem but it is the “black on white” hatred that you’re spewing that is the problem. You can’t get anywhere as a race when you’re not accepting responsibility for your own failures. When you abandon your own offspring, as 80% of black males do, uphold crappy role models and promote the “thug” life, you lose and so do we.

  • http://www.facebook.com/antonia.bifanofreeman Antonia Bifano-Freeman

    I remember seeing the Ruins of Detroit website back in the 90′s. It’s still around, and it’s sad that those buildings are falling into ruin. But it’s not much better in other places. Why can’t we just be more business friendly???

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Valerie-Protopapas/1248165652 Valerie Protopapas

    Well, perhaps the first thing to do is to look at the cities in question and see about the population distribution by race. Yes, I know, that sounds JUST AWFUL, but it is a legitimate factor because, as the “minority” population becomes the majority of city dwellers, blacks gain more and more power in the city’s government. Once that happens, history shows that the course of that particular city is downward in EVERY respect from education to employment to services to the economy to crime and poverty rates. Why is this so? I choose not to opine on that lest I be labeled a “racist.” I merely point out the facts. There is a tipping point with regard to population by various racial, ethnic and economic groups and once that point is reached, like the “black hole” of astro-physics, the consequences are both inevitable and deadly to all concerned.

  • Alfred

    My dear friend

    you must understand that USA as state don’t exist. USA is just one big giant company lead by jews banks, and all American people are slave to your government who again is lead by CIA which is in hand of jews.

    To show you that I’m right try to find in Google “talmud evil book” then you will understand all. Or in YouTube find speech of Benjamin Freedman.

  • pulltheweeds

    silverbacks is the new currency lmfao

  • MontanansDontPlay

    I don’t believe the military is laying many people off. Look for a job in Williston, ND and Sidney, MT.