Sorry for the lengthy title. Lots of notables over the last 36 hours. Yesterday I emailed Senator Levin a general letter encouraging state and national support of Detroit’s revitalization efforts, which can be read at the bottom of this post. Let me know your thoughts on it, OK?
Also, it’s the day after a couple of disturbing headlines from around Detroit.
On the Friday morning of February 1st, Detroit’s commute from Downriver produced a 30 car pile up on I-75, caused by a characteristically Michigan weather condition called a “white out.” Incidentally, white outs also are characteristic of eastern seaboard Connecticut in winter. Both areas are located practically on the same longitude and are adjacent to a large body of water. The natural catastrophe yesterday resulted in 3 fatalities and 20 injured.
For those readers residing south of the Mason-Dixon line and unsure what exactly a ‘white out’ is, it is likened to a FLASH FROZEN FOG whereby in fewer than three seconds drivers cannot see one foot in front of their windshield, and the road usually turns to black ice. Result? instant spin-out at whatever speed you are traveling, catapulted into other automobiles driven by folks who cannot see you and whom you cannot see. This experience can be likened to bumper cars at 40 mph in 1700 lb. vehicles with a blindfold on. If you have experienced a white out resulting in a crash, it is traumatic enough to keep one from behind a steering wheel for more than six months, easy.
There also was a fatality in Detroit yesterday: Detroit City Council vetoes a state proposal to lease the Belle Isle park in Detroit which will convert the local city park into a state park, funded and maintained by the state for 30 years. The cut off date for approval was Thursday January, 31 because Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources had until that day to allocate funds for the 2013 budget. A deadline is a deadline.
I’m all in favor of autonomous government of a city (or any local municipality) as long as the citizens of the city are served. In this case city council members like the power for its own sake, would rather default by missing a deadline than actually dealing with a legitimate decision-making process, cannot seem to comprehend economies of scale, project racism and classicism wherever they look, would rather ‘cut their own nose to spite their face’, and foster the credo of ‘if I can’t have two eggs I won’t have any!’ This is entirely self-defeating on a corporate level at best, and the polar opposite of common sense. Anyone who hopes to see a general lifestyle improvement in Detroit for the sole purpose of providing this opportunity to each one of its citizens is basically SOL. And they say ya’ just can’t fix stupid.
The whole thing creeps me out: Especially so in light of the letter I wrote Senator Levin just yesterday. What a difference a day makes!!! Today I believe my last sentence in paragraph five is wrong. Nothing wrong with Mayor Bing, Gov. Snyder, the Senator…its the Detroit City Council and mislead constituency that haven’t a clue. Well, for what it’s worth, here it is: