stuck on the lowest rung

I am praying that Detroit will surprise me; as James Joyce said, There were others who had forced their way to the top from the lowest rung by the aid of their bootstraps." (Ulysses)

I want to keep believing that this once great city of my parents and grandparents will rise again, a phoenix from the ashes, and put forth another great...something. But I am not so sure.

My brother A3 sent me this rather disheartening article today. Thought I would share it in the event that there are other former Detroiters, who are trying to follow what goes on back home--from afar--and who wait and pray for better days.

Retailers Head for Exits in Detroit
by Andrew Grossman
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Shopping Becomes a Challenge as Auto-Industry Collapse Adds to City's Woes

"DETROIT -- They call this the Motor City, but you have to leave town to buy a Chrysler or a Jeep.

Borders Inc. was founded 40 miles away, but the only one of the chain's bookstores here closed this month. And Starbucks Corp., famous for saturating U.S. cities with its storefronts, has only four left in this city of 900,000 after closures last summer.

There was a time early in the decade when downtown Detroit was sprouting new cafes and shops, and residents began to nurture hopes of a rebound. But lately, they are finding it increasingly tough to buy groceries or get a cup of fresh-roast coffee as the 11th largest U.S. city struggles with the recession and the auto-industry crisis.

No national grocery chain operates a store here. A lack of outlets that sell fresh produce and meat has led the United Food and Commercial Workers union and a community group to think about building a grocery store of its own..."

For the whole article, click here.


Mummy Dearest said…
Don't forget Ann Arbor and Lansing, both great MI cities. Detroit had its turn perhaps. Out with the cars in with the... hippies and academics?
Last I heard, parts of the west side of the state like Grand Rapids were the only areas where the economy wasn't taking a huge turn for the worse.

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