The Ann Arbor Business Review asks where is America’s love for Detroit? The answer, it seems, is not in the media:
We know the U.S. auto industry has been working through some issues for some time now, and we realize that Detroit isn’t a national symbol for prosperity.
But come on.
The one thing this state needs to face today is the sobering fact that yes, the rest of the U.S. really does hate Detroit.
They look at how a story on urban farming got spun into an indictment of city planning by Bloomberg (sort of balanced, but is there a “best practice” for shedding half your population and revenue?) and link to a painful slideshow on Detroit’s ruins (painful for subject and unholy web 1.0 clunkiness) that appeared in Time.
It may be that coverage of auto bailout vs financial bailout wasn’t biased, I know that I’ve seen more and more of this Detroit and seemingly Michigan contempt in my travels around the net. Nasty comments, cheers of “burn baby burn”, charges of $150/hr UAW average pay all make me wonder exactly what we did to earn this. Heck, we’re even seeing an increase of hate crimes within Michigan.
Freep columnist Drew Sharp says that the Detroit Lions players like Dominic Raiola aren’t the ones who should be apologizing to fans for the “product” that is Detroit Lions Football. I’ll give you two guesses as to who he thinks should apologize (one for each of them).
I can see that a Lions win would be totally meaningless in the bigger picture, but I think it would somehow make a difference for me.
How about you?