Sunday, October 31, 2010

2010 vs. 2006

When the elections ended in 2006 I wasn't very happy. I focused largely on Illinois races. I had no idea that in the rest of the nation, the elections were favoring the Democrats. We were going to have the very 1st female Speaker of the House in America.

In Illinois, it seemed as if machine politics were winning. After his father had his incapacitating stroke, Todd Stroger (son) succeeded John Stroger (father) as not only the Democratic nominee for Cook County Board President, but he won election to that office in November.

Also there was Rod Blagojevich. Yeah the man I often deride as "Ousted governor" was re-elected Governor of Illinois despite the state of Illinois government at the time and the fact that feds were investigating him. He apparently was a safer option than then state Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka. That bothered me the most and for our trouble we got in 2007 "Overtime in Hell". By December 2008 we know what happened and now we know him as Ousted governor!

Well, while state government or dare I say county government wasn't served that well back then. One positive thing many have said about Todd Stroger was that he may well had put Cook County on solid financial ground. Alas for his trouble he was roundly bounced out of office in four years. He will have a replacement in November.

Nepotism may have served it's purpose in 2006, but having a known surname didn't help Todd in this year's primaries. I would consider Todd not a very good politician, but in spite of some of Blago's more outgoing traits it didn't help him in his political career. It didn't keep him honest either.

If you believe the pundits this year we may well have a wave year in 2010. Perhaps not on par with 2006, but there will be some changes. Who knows what'll happen in this state on Tuesday, but we could see the US House at the very least return to Republican control.

Here in Illinois well a Republican could return to the Governor's mansion. It's difficult to say what'll happen between two very flawed US Senate candidates. Even in my congressional district, there appears to be a real race with a flawed incumbent and an upstart Black Republican getting endorsements and some money.

Either way we shall see what happens on election day.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Consider this your natural law theory lesson for today

Bill Whittle talks about the difference between natural or inherent law vs. political law. Even makes a connection between government bailouts of private corporation with natural vs. political law. I may have to watch this more times for the ideas listed here to stick.

Via Instapundit!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Caller confronts Al Sharpton on his radio show...

Via Gateway Pundit:
An irritated caller confronted Rev. Al Sharpton yesterday on his program saying:“We’re tired of being abused by democrats.”

Agreed. We all are.
I would like to see that put into real action. Perhaps doing the unthinkable and supporting Republicans in our local communities. That or support 3rd party or independent candidates.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hmmmm so...

I've been thinking about writing a post or two just as soon as I have internet at home again. We had a serious whether situation yesterday and the power kind of "browned out" at home. Then not long after that the reliable internet just stopped working.

Then I leave for work and find that well needed a password reset. Simple enough until I get to that point to reset a password and as of this morning that's still not finished not sure what else to do. Even worse I don't want to dial some number to rectify this issue, but it's a problem.

Anyway just thought of one possible post and a takeoff on what I learned in my two political philosophy (theory) courses from Morehouse. The idea of America becoming more of a Hobbesian (Leviathan) type state as opposed to the more classical liberal state (John Locke) on which our nation's constitution was based.

I'm probably basing this on the rhetoric I've been hearing on TV or on the internet since at least Obama became President. Of course there are those who were saying it when Bush was in office. Who knows people have always been saying this no matter who took office.

All the same this means that I have to read John Locke's 2nd Treatise of Government and I need to read Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan. And see if I can get a basic understanding of both of those works. Base this on whatever notes I still have from class and I'm sure I still have them.

Just need to get that internet working again!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Mechanics : Cohen mailer

Gapers Block : Mechanics : Chicago Politics - Cohen mailer

Well, um I just posted this at Gaper's Block earlier. You can find it at Capitol Fax as well. Cohen sent this mailer out and it wasn't long after allegations of him attempting to buy the support of Black ministers in his independent bid for Illinois Governor.

Bishop Brazier dies

Well I actually missed this piece of news. He once lead Apostolic Church of God located in the Woodlawn neighborhood. His church was politically a very important church. Brazier was an ally of the outgoing Mayor Daley. Hard to believe that he was only 89 and that he only retired two years ago.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Brady radio ad for Black audiences

As you know Bill Brady - Republican state senator from Bloomington, IL - is running for Governor of Illinois. I may well like him for governor, but I have to say this ad is odd. It's catchy but it's supposed to be geared for a particular audience, being Black Illinoisians. Of course, for the most part Blacks aren't likely to vote Republican because a particular candidate put out some soulful beats in a campaign ad.

At the same time, it's been said during the course of this campaign that Gov. Pat Quinn isn't doing that great amongst Blacks anyway. Some of the financial issues affecting state government is affecting a lot of the social service agencies that hasn't gotten their money from Springfield.

This is a tough election anyway. Brady hasn't really been able to run away with this race. Quinn has allowed this race to go down to the wire. They're both so bad that even CapFax's Rich Miller (who gets a hat-tip for this ad) wrote a column saying that he doesn't even know who he'll vote for. And at that he has all the info I could ever wish I had without subscribing to his newsletters.

All the same, I know that Quinn won't be getting my vote. He's an honest man who followed a very dishonest man and unfortunately I have little faith that Quinn can make the necessary adjustments in Illinois. Besides he's had close to two years to right the ship that his predecessor turned upside down and well we're not in good shape right now.

Whoever wins this election let's hope that happy days are here in Illinois again!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

CNN’s Cooper Slams NAACP’s Jealous on Tea Party ‘Study’( Video)

Is it me or is Anderson Cooper riding NAACP CEO Ben Jealous for calling the Tea Party racists. He even called out the reasoning that it was wrong from right to say "Take our country back" but giving a pass to the Democrats, leftists, progressives, or liberals to say the same phrase. Jealous was seriously caught stumbling during the course of this interview! Via Newsalert!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Another blog

For a lot of those articles that I don't get to post here. I try to be more extensive here although there are times when being short and to the point works just as well. At Electric Moleskine - I based the name off those notebooks you might find at your local bookstore or art supply shop - being short and to the point will be the general rule. Just like at the old My Mind's Eye (The Eye) it's about creativity just as much.

I start all these blogs but will I have time for them?

Say goodbye to traditional free checking

I mean it's not as if I use checking anyway. Although I wonder if this will affect the small banks because this story seems to focus on these prevalent megabanks we have come to know over the years. Here's how Bank of America is dealing with this change:

Bank of America, which does business with half the households in America, announced a dramatic shift Tuesday in how it does business with customers. One key change: Free checking, a mainstay of American banking in recent years, will be nearly unheard of.

"I've seen more regulation in last 30 months than in last 30 years," said Robert Hammer, CEO of RK Hammer, a bank advisory firm. "The bottom line for banks is shifting enormously, swiftly and deeply, and they're not going to sit by twiddling their thumbs. They're going to change."

In the last year, lawmakers in Washington have passed a range of new laws aimed at protecting bank customers from harsh fees, like the $35 charged to some Bank of America customers who overdrafted their account by buying something small like a Starbucks latte.
So Moynihan ended overdraft charges on small debit card transactions. He says the rate of account closings have since dropped 27 percent.

To make up for lost fees, he also started thinking of new products. In August, the bank introduced a new "eBanking" account, where customers were offered a free checking account if they banked online. The catch: If they opt for paper statements, or want access to tellers for basic transactions, they would be charged a monthly fee of $8.95.

"Customers never had free checking accounts," Bank of America spokeswoman Anne Pace said. "They always paid for it in other ways, sometimes with penalty fees."
I said I wonder how these changes could affect the smaller banks, the neighborhood banks. Here it is:

Michael Moebs, the founder of Moebs Services, said it is now up to the smaller Main Street banks to see an opening and grab customers from the big banks.

"Free checking could become a mainstay of community banks and credit unions in the future," Moebs said.
 This article is worth a good read!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Cubs have a new manager!

From an AP report:
The Chicago Cubs picked Mike Quade as their new manager Tuesday, choosing to go with the guy who ran the team well for the last six weeks of last season rather than a higher-profile name.

The 53-year-old Quade, the team's third base coach the past four years, was given a two-year contract and there's a club option for 2013. He served as interim manager after Lou Piniella abruptly stepped down in late August, leading the team to a 24-13 record.

The job will be his first as a major league manager.

The hire is the first under new owner Tom Ricketts, who watched the Cubs finish out of the playoffs yet again. Chicago's infamous World Series championship drought now stands at 102 years.
Aside from the whole non-sense about the curse, we really need to figure out why the Cubs couldn't win a World Series since 1908. At that we need to figure out why the Cubs haven't won a pennant since 1945. 102 years for a World Series 65 years since an NL pennant! Unbelieveable!

Monday, October 18, 2010

The baseball season is over for the Cubs, but at least we still get to look at what's going on as far as who will be manager. Lou Pinella who was the manager of the Cubs for most of the season abruptly quit before the end of the season. He was slated to leave at the end anyway.

At the Chicago News Co-op, we see them talk about the Cubs interim manager, but this in relation to one of the Cubs broadcasters who one was a manager himself leading a major league team to a World Series:
Bob Brenly has sometimes wondered if the sparkle from the ring he won for managing the Arizona Diamondbacks to the 2001 World Series title has faded into irrelevance.

Seven of baseball’s 30 teams have managerial openings. Four teams changed managers in the 2010 season — a nearly 40 percent turnover within a calendar year. While the recycled likes of Buck Showalter and Jim Riggleman were hired for a fourth time each, Brenly has had one interview, with Milwaukee, since 2006. He doesn’t expect any more after turning down what he viewed as a courtesy invitation from General Manager Jim Hendry to apply for the Cubs’ job.

“I didn’t feel I was a serious candidate,” Brenly said, “and I think Mike Quade deserves a full shot to see what he can do.”

Quade, the Cubs’ interim manager, had a 24-13 record after taking over for Lou Piniella in August. Looming over the Cubs’ search is the presence of Ryne Sandberg, who burnished his Hall of Fame playing credentials by spending four years managing in the Cubs’ farm system. Ryno believes he’s ready for Wrigley Field, and it will be hard to tell him no.
Ah Ryne Sandberg, who I understand is managing in the Cubs farm system for the Iowa Cubs, a Triple-A team. You know I could go with a guy who entered the job with a winning record even if it was something of a mid-season replacement. I could also go with a popular former player who's had some success at the minor league level and may well be ready for prime-time. What to do? What to do?

Saturday, October 16, 2010

End our 'multiuniversities'

This article is very difficult for me to excerpt. Just to sum up the author, David Warren of the Ottawa Citizen, wants to see an end to the public universities. He will leave alone the private universities because they aren't funding by taxpayers but only criticizes them as "'finishing schools' for the smuggest and most plausible". He accusses public universities of being job-training community colleges and wants them to be dissolved and then reverted to their true mission as "centres of true, humanistic learning". Via Instapundit!

Deval Patrick in a tough race for re-election in Massachussettes

So, I was about to call Gov. Patrick American's ONLY Black governor then I realized that in the neighboring state of New York there is Gov. David Patterson, a Harlem politician who was elevated to that position thanks to the resignation of Gov. Eliot Spitzer. Patterson is not running for re-election this year however.

Like Illinois, the NY Times considers the Massachusetts Governor's race a tossup with a 75.2% chance of a Patrick victory over his Republican opponent Charlie Baker. This FOX News vid discusses the campaign with Patrick welcoming the President to help him campaign. It was noted that many Democratic candidates have been keeping the President at arms length.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

If Historical Events Had Facebook Statuses

Courtesy of Cool Material. I cropped what I thought was the funniest statuses I could find. This just had to be it. LBJ signs the 1964 Civil Rights Act with Dr. King liking the status, however, some of the Southern states weren't too happy. Almost a reminder of when people were complaining that there wasn't a dislike function. LOL!

Via Instapundit!

Boondoggle in the Motor City: Detroit's Train to Nowhere from

Today we take another trip to Detroit where examines a proposal to construct a light rail line from downtown Detroit to the edge of the suburbs along Woodward Avenue. Constuction is set to begin next with a price tag of $500 million.

This is how Reason describes Detroit:
Detroit has become a place Hollywood directors come for great wreckage shots. One quarter of the city's 140 square miles are deserted. Detroit public school students boast the nation’s worst reading scores, the products of a corruption-ridden school system that recently flirted with bankruptcy. Detroit bested Baltimore in 2009 to take the dreaded “murder capital” title. It may also be the worst place in the country to have a heart attack: prepare to wait half an hour for an ambulance.

In a town lacking essential services, what do local leaders and federal politicians have in mind for helping the city? What's needed to hoist Detroit back to its 1950 heyday, when it was America's fourth largest city, with more than double its current population?

Why, light rail, of course!
Since Detroit is no longer Americas 4th largest city and it's population is closer to a little over 900,000 (actually according to Wikipedia 910,920 was its 2009 population), the antagonists to this project sees this as another rail line to nowhere. Nowhere along the length of its 9.3 mile route! WOW!

They mention another rail line that is operating in Detroit, the People Mover, that operates at only 2.5% capacity.

I must say I'm a proponent of expaning transit systems. I even want to get started on getting that extension of the CTA Red Line from 95th to 130th street that you may have seen me writing about at The Sixth Ward. Then again Sam Staley (transportation expert for the Reason Foundation) makes a good point in saying when it was time to build the NYC Subway, the subway didn't build Manhattan but instead Manhattan built the subway.

Via Newsalert!

BTW, I would like to know from where they got those vintage documentary scenes of Detroit. Also the Reason Foundation runs Reason magazine and website as well.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Classical Values: Big government war on big bills?

Hmmm, I do some cashiering and am often annoyed by those who pay with big bills. Of course these days that means $50 and $100 bills. I can't imagine it was worse before they pulled bills larger than that out of circulation.

I must say the argument made over at Classical Values makes sense. Why were bills larger than $100 taken out of circulation. Was it because of the drug war or was it because government didn't want their citizen to have a stash of cash in case of some unforsee disaster.

Either way I wish I could get at some of those rare large bills because I expect a nice pay day in today's dollars when I'm ready to sell it!

Via Instapundit!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Eadweard Muybridge: Man in motion

Found this article via The Economist. He was a British photographer who mainly practiced in California. His motion studies work is seen as the forerunner to the motion picture. Well if you don't understand "motion picture" it's what we call movies or film today. In fact we can even connect this to video since it's another medium of motion picture.
Muybridge is best known for his demonstration that movement could be broken down into fluid sequences of individual moments. That insight was made use of by a succession of artists, from Auguste Rodin to Francis Bacon. Muybridge’s motion studies can be fairly credited as the forerunners of the cinema. There is also evidence that in 1888 he shared with Thomas Edison some thoughts on combining a new projection system he had invented—the zoopraxiscope—with Edison’s phonograph. And the grid pattern of his bestselling books on locomotion survives in the format of comic strips.

A travelling exhibition, which began at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and has now opened in London, reveals Muybridge as much more than simply the pioneer of motion, however. Good close attention is paid to his biography, even if there are still important gaps. The very first line of the opening wall panel admits: “Where Muybridge learned his skill as a photographer remains unknown.” Other parts of his life are more familiar, in particular the fact that he coldbloodedly killed his wife’s lover. He was acquitted in part because a jury could not believe that a man who could lug the heavy and cumbersome photographic equipment of the time up into the Yosemite Valley could be entirely sane.

Muybridge did not just invent another name for himself. He excelled in a new industry, and made up more than just its technology as he went along. He was adept, for example, at marketing himself along with his photographs, and there is plenty of evidence of that in this show, from his illustrated trade cards and well-designed logos, to the many photographs of himself, quite naked, posing as a model in some of the motion studies.

For each major undertaking Muybridge invented the appropriate kind of photography to suit. His investigation of galloping horses for Leland Stanford, a California politician and racehorse owner, is well known. In each stride horses lift all four hooves off the ground at once, something that George Stubbs, the most famous horse painter of the last 300 years, had guessed at but which, until Muybridge, had never been proved. The beautiful cyanotype proofs for “Animal Locomotion” have recently been restored and are being given their first public outing in this show. There are also examples of the work Muybridge did up and down the Pacific coast for the national body in charge of lighthouses, including a sequence of unusual large-format seascapes completed in the 1870s, at precisely the time that Thomas Stevenson (father of Robert Louis) was designing his lighthouses around the coasts of Scotland.
When will this exhibit come to Chicago? I want to see this.

Oh yeah the galloping horse above well that's one of Muybridge's famous photographs.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Vegas Chapels Busy On Symmetrical Date

Hmm I wonder why 10/10/10 caused so many people to want to schedule their marriage or events on this particular date:
Megan Powell, a 26-year-old who married a nightclub and restaurant operator, said her Las Vegas wedding was "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get married on 10/10/10."

"That day will never happen again," she added.

Her new husband, Scott Frost, called it "fun" that "we'll have something unusual in common with a big chunk of people. We'll have a much greater probability of running into couples with the same anniversary."

Tamara Tom, 28, of Fairfield, Calif., was following a tradition when she married Robert Harper at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno. The couple said they will celebrate 10 years of being together on Dec. 10.

"We thought it would be fun to have all 10s as our anniversary," Tom told the Reno Gazette-Journal.
If there was such a rush I wonder how accommodating the various marriage license bureaus were in counties or municipalities around the state.

Oh wow, 10/10/10 has now given away to 10/11/10. :P

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Re: Windy City Silence

On Twitter, the Woodlawn Wonder wanted to know:
What about the article drew you to post it? Do you think she's right? Do you think the article is entirely factual?
Quite a few questions and not sure I can get the answers. The article in question from City Journal is here.

To be sure I was interested in the sociological aspects of the article. In most of the crimes discussed in the article or otherwise the wave of violence in Chicago, what is the background of those involved. To they come from broken homes? At that is this issue being discussed amongst the powers that be in Chicago?

Also, I'm not entirely certain she is right in her assumption. Or I will admit I didn't think much of that. I will say that if there is a root cause to the issue of youth violence that we should find it and address it beyond discussing gun control, stiffer criminal penalties, or even creating more social programs and policies. Although if we are to address issues of what's going on at home we're definitely talked about a new set of policies to look at what happens at home.

Finally it's hard for me to say whether or not it is factual. It's definitely an opinion that I believe is logical. The reason I share it is to encourage discussion because while I have my own ideas on this issue I'm not trying to pretend that I know so much about it. Hopefully whoever reads this article whether or not they are in the field of the social sciences can be able to shed some light on this article.

Instapundit says that it's 10/10/10

And I wasn't on marking 8/9/10 on the blog either so this time I'm making note of it on the very day it is. Have a wonderful Sunday. Oh and Columbus Day is Monday. Thankfully I got the day off! :)

Instapundit on 10/10/10 and 8/9/10

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Donnelley wins contract to print Lego instructions

Interesting because I bought a Lego toy recently and this was the toy of my boyhood!
R. R. Donnelley & Sons Co. said Thursday that it received a contract to print the instructions that come with toymaker Lego Group's products.

Terms were not disclosed.

The Chicago-based printing services company’s multiyear deal with the toy brick maker includes service to Lego Group in the Americas, Denmark, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Facebook v. teachers' unions

It's been in the news that Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, offered $100 million to the Newark Public Schools. Thanks to Wolf Files now we know the rest of the story:
The buzz around Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million gift to the Newark public schools has focused on whether he is trying to offset bad publicity caused by a new feature -length film about him.

What has been overlooked is the fact that one of the world’s up and coming tech industry celebrity leaders has come out in support of education reforms being championed by Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has unabashedly gone head to head with teacher unions.

It is a noteworthy development in an ongoing national debate over education. The head of what is arguably the world’s most dominant social media website – which has tremendous cultural cache and reach among young people in particular – has put his support behind a Republican politician who has said teacher unions are the most significant obstacle to true education reform.

Zuckerberg himself, and Facebook as a company, are not antagonistic toward unions like Christie is. The governor’s rhetoric and Zuckerberg’s at a joint press conference with Newark Mayor Corey Booker were markedly different on the issue, according to those present.
who was connected with Christie through Booker after meeting the mayor this summer, said explicitly that he chose to give to Newark because of the distinct approach to education reform being pioneered by the political odd couple.

“Newark is really just because I believe in these guys,” Zuckerberg said.
I had to take a look at Zuckerberg's statement about his donation and I really like this one:
There are many different challenges all facing education at once. Teaching needs to be more respected and revered as a career. School districts need more autonomy and clearer leadership so they can be managed more like startups than like government bureaucracies. And outside the classroom, we need to support students' interests, give them a safe environment to grow up in, and keep everyone healthy.
I wonder if this means that Zuckerberg supports charter schools.Well I never thought of it this was public school districts as startups. Which school or district might be able to better educate the children or better yet can private schools do a better job than the public.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Stroger Aide Arrested in Corruption Case

Does Chicagoist mean to tell me that the Cook County State's Attorney will take action in a case of local corruption? Also that they won't just allow the feds to continue holding the bag as far as corruption in Cook County? Well I wish we could see more stories like this.'s Nanny of the Month for September 2010

So why does a NY municipality decide out of the blue to ban amusement arcades, which apparently includes a videogame museum? Also why does DeKalb County, Georgia decide that it's OK to go after a gardener for growing too many vegetables in his garden? It also forces him to change the zoning for his property.

Kinda odd for the "Greenest County in America", yes? Courtesy of Reason!

Hat-tip Newsalert.

Monday, October 04, 2010

The Future of... Cash Registers

Cash registers as more than just pay stations, but as giving consumers choices. No science fiction story could've came up with this idea. At least none that I know of. The future is here! Or otherwise in research & development!

Hat-tip Tech Talk @

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Tea-Party affiliated group seeks constitutional change

I've blogged about some who wanted to repeal the amendment allowing for the direct elections of US Senators. The reasoning is the same here in allowing a constitutional amendment to give states the ability to repeal congressional acts. It almost reminds me of the Nullification Crisis perhaps not the same, but surely a similar wrinkle in determining the power and scope of the federal government.
A Tea Party activist is working to get state backing for a constitutional convention to pass a constitutional amendment that would give two-thirds of the states the ability to repeal congressional acts, such as the new health care law.

“It restores a lot of the sovereignty and a lot of the power that the states have lost,” said Marianne Moran, executive director of and *former executive director of Tea Party In Action.

The Tenth Amendment has become useless because of Supreme Court decisions that have expanded federal power and because of the Seventeenth Amendment that stripped state legislatures of their right to name U.S. senators, Moran said.

“This doesn’t undo some of those bad Supreme Court cases and doesn’t resolve some of the problems of the Seventeenth Amendment, but it does restore some of the balance of power that was originally intended ̶ and the mechanism by which we can control some of the out of control spending and get our debt under control,” she said.

Georgetown Law Professor Randy Barnett initially devised the idea in a 2009 Wall Street Journal opinion piece, which drew the attention of numerous Tea Party activists.
I think you should read the whole article. Hat-tip Instapundit!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Podcast: Why Greater Detroit Is So Segregated

From Time's, The Detroit Blog. University of Pennsylvania sociologist and historian Thomas Sugrue discusses the roots of segregation in the Detroit area with Madison Gray. It piggy backs off of an article that I posted here yesterday about an increase in Detroit's white population and a decrease in the black population.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Detroit's white population rises as blacks move out

Today, thanks to Newsalert, we take another trip to the great American city of Detroit. I wonder what's bringing white people back to Detroit. Was that part of the story in a documentary I linked to last week?
Among the more interesting tidbits coming out of Tuesday's release of comprehensive demographic data regarding Detroit, Michigan and the nation was this nugget: The white, non-Hispanic population of Detroit was recorded at 13.3 percent in 2009, up from 8.4 percent a year earlier, an eye-raising 5 percentage points. It had climbed just a tenth of a percentage point from 2007 to 2008.

But while acknowledging the number of white residents in the city may have increased, demographers and researchers who study Detroit say another substantial factor is contributing to a rise in the percentage of whites -- the continuing exodus of African-Americans from the city.

"The black flight from the city started in the 1990s and it's only accelerated," said Jason Booza, a demographer who is a research assistant with the Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Indeed, the same data, from the Census Bureau's annual American Community Survey given to 3 million households nationwide, shows the city's black population dropping substantially as well, from 82.7 percent in 2008 to 76.3 percent last year. School enrollment data confirms that thousands of black students have been moving into school districts in southern Macomb County.

In other words, if the white population stayed the same and the black population shrunk, the white percentage would go up.

Booza and others say that while the ACS data may have flaws, they believe there are more white residents in the city, and many are in the midtown area near Wayne State University, Booza said.

"It's really perceptually increased in the recent past," he said. He believes they are coming to Detroit to enjoy the music and arts scene and are more likely to be young and without children.
Well I'm trying to come up with a conclusion, but without saying more whites means a better future for Detroit. The story I would like to read is how blacks are attempting to revitalize Detroit, just as easily as whites are moving in enjoying an emerging music and arts scene.

I would like to know more about what's going on up that way.