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All right to -- bankruptcy could make.
Even more history today when a judge is expected to rule if it's even legal to go bankrupt.
But you know our next guest well you know well and -- all about -- Detroit they job as a columnist for the Detroit free press and the author of the five people you meet in heaven and the upcoming book the first phone call from -- -- job and outstanding -- joint income is joins us now -- first off.
How -- do you believe that bankruptcy is the only choice.
I think it was inevitable sooner or later I don't know was that had to be right now but.
If you look at the financial situation I don't know that they had any choice right here's some of the facts -- forty billion unemployment rate tripled since 2000.
Lost half its population -- we're just talking on the break and named one of the most dangerous cities in America you need an ambulance got to wait almost an hour to get it.
How did this happen.
Who do you blame.
Well you know America always likes the point a finger and say this -- the blame -- it's not one person is not one thing it's sixty years.
Of -- manufacturing city no place for people work with their hands entering an era where people don't do that anymore.
And once in 1950 we had two million people living here now we have 700000.
We're still built for the two million but we're where we only have the 700000 so you delivering electricity and water sometimes out to a single house.
On another on a block of abandoned houses so we needed to shrink and unfortunately the industry that -- that supports us the auto industry.
Has constantly taken a beating since 1950 with some ups and down so where you put it where you put the blame on unions in all this to they had too much power over city.
And did they not acknowledge god the the diminishing manufacturing base that supported the city.
Well nearly everybody -- take a little bit of blame and unions to put you know we're a town that's very proud of it's hard work and we're a town mentality is if you put in.
Thirty years of work somewhere and they promised you -- pension.
That's the reason you put in the thirty years of hard work in the -- expect that -- to be paid now what people are being told here is that the retirement money that they worked all those years for.
Is gonna have to go and and they're they're -- -- in their eighties aren't going to be funded like they were promised not I don't think that's the union's fall back I think that that's.
That forecasting -- management all around on both sides.
We're in the big picture I guess no one had the foresight may be the Pittsburgh or San Francisco or other communities who were able to see.
Where they made to -- that they -- he'd just been with the you're changing global economy.
Well that's probably true in in in hindsight but neither one of those cities are dependent on a single industry.
As much as Detroit is on the auto industry and they've been able -- San Francisco's got a lot of other things.
-- Pittsburgh's a different story it's a smaller city.
So you know you Detroit is somewhat unique but we're not that unique you know one negative thing -- try to get across that -- people is.
Where where where a really good hard working people we've been.
Looked down at in stat that in made fun of a national jokes on -- non non non talk shows at night.
Constantly over the years three years ago everybody had -- buried.
With the auto industry and the people here are still resilient.
Hard working and Detroit's not going to go away its people aren't the you know they may have to change this management's financial structure.
But the people -- like myself and others that are are still believe in this city and we're not running.
And Detroit is restructuring they got a special emergency manager they are trying to work things out.
And for those who are looking down at Detroit it could be city city near you next maybe even Chicago.
-- album you know the good -- -- your book that's coming out in November.
And I'm sure it's going to be a best seller thanks for joining us this morning thanks so much -- --
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