Happy Super Bowl Sunday! er that is unless you happen to live in Detroit.
Nearly 2 million people lived in Detroit in the 1950s; today it has fewer than 900,000. According to the Census Bureau, more than a third of those people lived at or below the federal poverty line in 2004, the largest percentage of any U.S. city with a population of 250,000 or more.
Detroit’s 2005 unemployment rate was 14.1 percent, more than 2 1/2 times the national level.
The city has announced deep cuts in services over the past year to cope with an enormous deficit. Hundreds of municipal employees have been laid off, bus service has been scaled back, nine recreation centers have been shuttered, and bulk trash pickup has been canceled.
374 homicides last year! This year – one Super Bowl!