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Detroit by Scott Martelle
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Jul 08, 2012

really liked it
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Read from July 06 to 08, 2012

A brief history of the city from its beginnings as a French settlement on the Detroit River.
Informative and balanced account of its rise and fall gives the reader a good portrait of
what the city has been through. The racism has been a part of its culture since the very
start. And was nearly institutionalized throughout much of its history. In early rebellions,
the police would let go the violent whites and arrest or kill the black protesters. It was
the status quo. Sobering details abide here. There have been community efforts to rebuild
and try to sustain a modicum of health, but there are huge systemic problems to overcome.
A diverse economy is one thing Detroit needs and better education. I recommend this book to
anyone who lives in southeast Michigan as well as anyone who cares about the vitality or lack
thereof of American cities.

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