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De Troit: A narrow body of water connecting two larger bodies of water
Detroit: A human habitation with a history of cycling upward until the 1960’s, and then down 

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A Dysfunctional City:

  1. Detroit’s population has plunged 63% since 1950.

  2. …and it’s down 26% since 2000.

  3. small-detroitThe unemployment rate hit a high of 27.8% in July 2009.

  4. As of April 2013, the unemployment rate was at 16%.

  5. Even though the population fell 63% since 1950, the municipal workforce fell by just 40%, adding to the strain on public finances.

  6. Detroit has the highest violent crime rate of any large U.S. city

  7. …it’s five times higher than the national average.

  8. 40% of the city’s street lights don’t work.

  9. Arson accounts for 1,000 of 12,0000 fires per year.

  10. …60% of those arson fires are in dilapidated or empty buildings.

  11. Back in 1960, the city of Detroit had the highest per-capita income in the United States.

  12. Approximately 60 percent of all children in Detroit live in poverty.

  13. Approximately one-third of Detroit’s 140 square miles are either vacant or derelict.

  14. According to one estimate, there are 33,500 empty houses and 91,000 vacant residential lots in the city of Detroit today.

  15.  The median price of a home in Detroit is just $9,000, and there are some areas of Detroit where you can still buy a house for $100.

  16. There are more than 85,000 streetlights in Detroit, but thieves have stripped so much copper wiring out of the lights that more than half of them are not working.

  17. According to one report, 47 percent of all people living in the city of Detroit are functionally illiterate

  18. Ten years ago, there were approximately 5,000 police officers in the city of Detroit.  Today, there are only about 2,500 and another 100 are scheduled to be eliminated from the force soon.

  19. Due to budget cutbacks, most police stations in Detroit are now closed to the public for 16 hours a day.

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RESURRECTION

Y Worlds formally offers the City of Detroit, the State of Michigan and the United States Government a plan to make Detroit the first collaboratively developed sustainable and NETS driven modern city in North America.

The Y Worlds Plan for Detroit:

1) Every abandoned home, every abandoned lot, every unproductive piece of land and every substandard home would be loaned or ceded by eminent domain to a collaborative land and property trust, and framed into a family of endowment zones. Anyone in Detroit wishing to participate in “learn and grow” opportunities would receive training, education, continuous organizational support and investment trust funding that will be repaid through reductions in government costs, reductions in insurance costs, increases in land and property book and market value, and from profit sharing from agriculture and rent and commerce and property value appreciation. The participants would become cooperative owners of these portions of the city, empowered by the trust to improve, learn, live, work and provide mutual services. Care would be taken to ensure a distributed horizontal mechanism that would discourage and avoid monopolies, cartels, slumlords and the tyrannies of large controlling interests.

2) Every collaborative participant would be taught to become independent, self sustaining, green and vital. Emphasis would be on generating food and energy throughout the city, on becoming an entrepreneur, maker, builder, service provider, teacher, caregiver, physicians assistant or security watcher. Distributed marketplaces and commons would be established for the sharing, sale and purchase of goods and services, supported by web sites. The people of the city would become active participants in the creation of a new economy for the city, seeking to become less dependant on anyone.

3) The Federal Government’s FEMA organization would be mobilized to manage the massive rebuilding and redevelopment project by allocating funds, monitoring progress, and allocating completed resources to the people of Detroit. Emphasis would be on rehabilitating everything, destroying as little as possible. Tens of thousands of people would be put to work rehabilitating the city. This would be similar to WPA projects during the Roosevelt era.

4) All Michigan gambling and lottery mechanisms would be restructured so that all money gambled would be “won” by lotteries with a small yet substantial dollar payout, distributed across a much larger number of people,  with the remainder required to be on the books investments in the city through the collaborative city Trust.

5) Emphasis would be placed on a humanistic and valid valuing system that returned to people a portion of their contributed value. Objectives would be set by and for small communities of citizens and the city would rise based upon these small cooperative communities. Safety, inclusiveness, caring, support and nurture would be paramount objectives supported by FEMA and the collaborative Trust. Twelve to fifteen houses or apartments would become a community system, building and supporting food trusts, maker trusts, health trusts and construction trusts.

The story of Sugar Man – a parable of equality and resilience that comes out of Detroit.

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