Detroit was once the industrial capital of the nation. But, decades of economic decline and a ruinous recession have turned the Motor City into America’s crime capital.
For the fourth years in a row, Forbes.com has rated Detroit, Michigan, as the most dangerous city in the country — with a violent crime rate of 2,137 per 100,000 residents.
Many of the other places on the list are also declining industrial powerhouse cities that have been left ravaged by dwindling blue-collar jobs and rising unemployment.
Baltimore, Maryland, ranked number seven; Cleveland, Ohio, number nine; and Buffalo, New York, number ten; all share Detroit’s fate to one degree or another.
Seismic changes in the auto industry have left tens of thousands of people out of work in Detroit as automakers and parts suppliers shrank in size and began to rely more heavily on labor-saving technology.
The unemployment rate is currently 19.6 percent, nearly two and a half times the national average.
Crime is so bad in Detroit that at a recent town hall meeting, Mayor Dave Bing was booed and heckled my is how police officers.
‘What are you doing to stop the attack as far as blight, the drugs, the murder?’ officer Marcus Cummings demanded, according to the Detroit Free Press.
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