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Is to -- about to become -- ward -- -- -- Detroit mayor David being saying the Michigan mayor governor that is will announce whether or not the embattled city will be getting an emergency financial make over tomorrow.
With more on this Charlie lived up.
Author of Detroit in American autopsy.
Charlie thanks for coming on the show tonight -- you've written what is at very important book on the city.
I've been there many times myself.
And the last couple -- times I've been there I've wondered how do you -- come to this.
Tell us about what Detroit looks -- flight today.
Detroit's falling down we have 88.
Thousand abandoned structures we get that the Packard plant from the fifties -- close in the fifties it's still there.
It's rotting it's a square mile.
It burns every day and it -- children live next to it that it pulls the east side of the city down.
Which pulls the city down which pulls the state down.
Some believable to me here with the city.
So well they.
Dean best paid workers in the country.
On the up -- up -- -- what went wrong.
-- -- of things went wrong resort you know we have a big racial issue that we never.
Confronted like the south did who.
Unions took a big bite.
Management went along with that everybody got paid -- left nothing in the piggy bank we made bad cards Japanese started making good cars.
Oil embargoes trade pacts like NAFTA WTO.
Lots of things.
All -- -- 2008 comes.
Boom the real estate collapse is -- the death -- and the whole country feels the lack of manufacturing now I think.
How dangerous is that Citi now when I was there I think I was in a really horrible neighborhood or may -- to -- cities don't really horrible neighborhood that I was nervous.
Yeah level this is a rough doing.
Chicago made international headlines had 505 murders right that's population of nearly three million people Detroit population 695000.
Murders we don't even.
Count our crime properly because we closed the police stations at 4 o'clock and you can call -- in.
And it usually busy so we we.
Have no statistical way of really telling -- how bad it's gotten for living breathing people who live here and what we have to do.
Is fix our government we have to fix our political institutions are because that's what -- -- What you know it's interesting because I think whether you look at at the Democrats the Republicans.
A pox on both your houses both of them screwed up nobody can get it right.
That's right the last Republican mayor in Detroit Louis hearing on -- the federal prison in 1969.
So I had this is just the culture of ours you know and color -- -- you change a culture Charlie.
I -- how do you do that.
Well here's here's the deal when you were rich you didn't matter if everybody was corrupt because paychecks really cover things up don't -- but now we're broke so.
A lot of things to the federal government first of all thanks for.
But bailing out our auto companies because they're making money again and and we need coherent manufacturing in this country too thanks to the FBI for common in here.
And -- through town are.
Former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to jury might come back tomorrow.
Whether or not -- -- Guy on come on he -- still I I Charlie I feel like it sounds like the city might be making a slight turn here.
Do you see improvement.
I do again.
The car companies are making my current we are rooting out our our our our -- we have trade with Canada we got water -- to do is fix today.
Charlie thanks for coming on great book appreciate your time.
Thank you was -- me.
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