Oh, hogwash. Detroit is resisting control by a state-appointed manager, and none so viscerally as the public employee unions who face cuts in wages, benefits, and pensions. Those public service departments are as rife with corruption as have been the city government supposedly overseeing them.
Detroit is no more or less safe than it has been for decades. What it is, today, is mostly empty. You can drive around and see nary a person. I stopped keeping track of housing prices within the city when they dropped, on average, below $15,000. Fiscal debates within city government consist of which streets will have utility services terminated; the city cannot afford to light the streets. The only remarkable thing is that city leaders persist in thinking that the state should bail them out, while allowing those leaders to maintain their autonomy in disbursing such funds.
njc17 is correct, the auto industry has long since vacated the shake-down grounds of Detroit proper. It is a tragedy because, as far as infrastructure goes, it’s a huge region just begging for a few automobile manufacturing plants.
That Detroit is the punchline for a lot of jokes shouldn’t obscure the fact that many American cities resemble it more than they’d like to admit, if not in size or scope. One that does, though only whispered about, is Chicago where the lights remain on only through the foolishness of the state government, long dominated by Chicago machine pols, putting the entire state’s finances at risk. The difference between Detroit and Chicago is that Michiganders long-ago, echoing the apocryphal words of President Gerald Ford, himself a Michigander, to NYC’s bankruptcy of the seventies; “Drop Dead!”. Thus, Michigan remains solvent, while Illinois is in a fiscal death spiral.