[VIDEO] On Sunday, CBS' 60 Minutes took a look at Detroit and the many people who are doing their part to save this city and some frustrated citizens and firefighters. We see the vacant Detroit neighborhoods, and the very vibrant downtown which is largely owned by the owner of Quicken Loans Dan Gilbert!
BTW, Curbed Detroit noted Gilbert's tweet about this story. He wasn't very happy and believed the story they should've covered was "A city’s soul that will not die was the story & they missed it". It was evidenced in this story even if it wasn't entirely positive.
Below is another video that I wanted to share with you from Reason.tv!
[VIDEO] An economics professor Harry Veryser from the University of Detroit Mercy talks about how Detroit got to where it was. In the 60 Minutes story Detroit's man-made disaster was 50 years in the making. And as illustrated on 60 Minutes government may not be able to save Detroit alone the citizens must. Kevyn Orr who is Detroit's Emergency Financial Manager will be able to do his part to save Detroit at least as far as public finances, but other solutions have to be in place thanks to the citizens. Professor Veryser says that historically Detroit has been developed from the bottom-up. No scheme from any government to develop Detroit will likely work.
Although I would say it's not a bad idea of create a network of public transportation to get workers from the suburbs to downtown as happens in other cities around the nation. I wonder if Dan Gilbert is behind the new light rail project and planning to get some of his workers to use it. He already utilizes some form of public transportation paid by him for the use of his employees.
As an added bonus, the late Mike Wallace had done a story about Detroit corruption back in 1976 on 60 Minutes. The issues that was chronicled on Sunday probably isn't much different than it was today except now it's much worse than it likely was back then. Back in 1976 the Department of Housing and Urban Development was the problem in Detroit's housing market back then.