Wednesday, February 22, 2006

wearin' me down

i love living in Detroit… of all the places we’ve lived, the wife thinks it’s the best place we’ve lived… though we’ve only lived in 3 places (Royal Oak, Farmington Hills and the D)… i agree with her… i love being able to walk to restaurants, the museum and cafes… i love seeing all the development and growth… i still love bringing people to the city and showing them all the cool things about it… i love the “realness” that comes with living in a city like Detroit as opposed to the “plasticness” that comes from living in the ‘burbs…

but lately, i’ve been burnt out on the D… the lack of cleanliness on our streets, the lack of lighting on our streets, the lack of leadership in our government, the homelessness, the crime, the dishonesty, the poor customer service… it’s all been taking it’s toll on me…

last week the wife and i were walking down Cass back to our place when a fellow asks us for some cash… says he’s got a flat tire and doesn’t have any cash, just his One card, that he’s not a bum… before i can even decide how i want to handle this guy, the wife says to him, “you just told me the exact same thing 3 days ago”… and the dude didn’t even flinch… he just kept walking…

when i first moved down, i was always willing to help out a bum if they wanted something… i usually wouldn’t give money, but i’d at least ask if they were hungry and if so, i’d buy ‘em something… now, sometimes i won’t even look at them…

to top it all off, we’ve got a racist city council… in light of the happenings with the zoo and the city council’s disagreement on how to handle it, they pulled out the race card saying that suburbanites (more specifically: whites) were trying to take over the city… now, i don’t have a problem with you not agreeing with whatever proposal is being put forward, but to play the race card!?!?!? the comments she made were absurd an appalling… i don’t care to put them up, but after all the good that’s come from SBXL we have to go back to the race card??? C’MON!!! that was the straw that broke my back…

it could be just the weather… i mean, if it were warm out, we’d be headin’ down to the river and walking around more and getting’ a better vibe in the city… maybe that’s what it is…

whatever it is… i hope it changes… i will continue thoughts on this on my other site

5 Comments:

Blogger RealDCC said...

Oh, please. Your version of a statement completely ignores the context of the debate, as well as the context of the ongoing battle between the city and its surrounding suburbs.

Case in point: the water system. Although surrounding cities levy a surcharge tax of their own, they whine about the pricing and management of the Detroit Water System.

Perhaps I'm wrong - just what was said, and to what was the speaker responding?

10:04 PM  
Blogger lovedetroit said...

context shmontext... it was very possible for city council to disagree with the proposal put before them without mentioning race at all...

9:43 AM  
Blogger lovedetroit said...

in regards to my "context shmontext" comment... i didn't mean to imply that i don't think context is important, i just think that if people actually took into consideration the context then they'd realize that we need to get as far away from the race card as possible...

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you are right...I saw that bit on the Detroit news and it made me sick. I think the Detroit police are racist as well...Case in point...they killed a Hispanic man who could not speak English to the cops so they shot him instead.He was deaf as well..remember this story?

1:12 AM  
Blogger lovedetroit said...

i don't recall that story about the DPD killing a deaf Hispanic man... i don't agree that the DPD is racist... i'm not willing to lump every Detroit cop into that statement... there is corruption in every level of society, but it's immature and unfair to project that onto a group of people or anyone that we don't know personally or have no personal experience with...

4:08 AM  

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