I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.
“Eleven years ago, the city of
Detroit’s population plunged 25% in the past decade to 713,777, the lowest count since 1910, four years before Henry Ford offered $5 a day to autoworkers, sparking a boom that quadrupled
Census figures released to the Free Press by a government source who asked not to be identified because the data has not been released publicly yet, show the city lost, on average, one resident every 22 minutes between 2001 and 2010.
The data also show that
Gov. Rick Snyder said the figures underscore the importance of reforming the state and finding efficiencies in communities large and small.
“Michigan will not succeed if Detroit and other major cities don’t succeed,” Snyder said in a statement. “We all must be partners in
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing plans a news conference to speak about the numbers. He declined to comment before then, spokeswoman Karen Dumas said.
“There’s no doubt the challenges the auto industry faced the past four years had an impact on our population, in particular, the City of
Fueled by the implosion of the domestic auto industry, the
Michigan’s population in the decade peaked in 2006 and has been declining since, according to Census figures.
"We can't take these numbers at face value," Councilman Ken Cockrel Jr. said. "We have to challenge them."
A lot is at stake: Over the next decade, the city could lose tens of millions of federal dollars that are tied to the size of a city's population.
The city already is struggling with a $155-million deficit and faces the prospect of losing tens of millions of dollars in state-revenue sharing.
Council members said many residents ignored the census forms last year or were elusive because they are homeless, working two jobs or weary of strangers and government forms.
"There was a lack of participation" from residents, Councilman James Tate said. "We see apathy setting in with a lot of folks."
But on a percentage basis,
Detroit’s percentage loss rivals the 29% drop in New Orleans, which was decimated by Hurricane Katrina.