Essay about The Real Side of Detroit: The Diverse City

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Detroit is a very well-known and diverse city. “Somewhere behind its neglected, graffiti covered skyscrapers are charming reminders of a city that was once among the world’s wealthiest” (Gray). This city has been through a lot. Detroit was first founded by the French in 1701 and then used as a fur trade post. Jumping a little in the future, it has had riots and protest for equal rights among its busy streets. Detroit is also known as the Motor City. “By the mid-twentieth century one in every six working Americans was employed directly or indirectly by the automotive industry” (Sugrue). Yet after everything this city has endured Detroit is thought of as a place of fear. It has a lot of history and has a lot to offer if people would let …show more content…

One main cause is drugs being a big use and huge demand in the inner city.(Detroit: The Last Days) “Law and order has completely broken down in the inner city, drugs and prostitution are rampant and unless you actually murder someone the police will leave you alone”(Detroit: The Last Days). Drugs were brought into the Detroit city very early and have never left; in fact the problem has just gotten worse. Many in the inner city turn to drugs either for money or to ease the pain of their problem lives. These people think it will help but instead it is causing more problems instead of helping. Therefore it keeps going, many young children now days are getting involved younger and younger because they are forced to believe it is the only way of survival in such a corrupt environment like the projects in Detroit. If drugs stay such a constant problem Detroit will have a harder time getting back to its true roots. Crime was also always a large problem in Detroit. A huge crime problem was the riots of the 1960’s. Riots in the 1960’s began because of a raid in a blind pig.(The Detroit Riots-1967) Many police officers of this time would purposely raid pubs. “The big four or the Tac squad roamed the streets, searching for bars to raid and prostitutes to arrest” (The Detroit Riots-1967). The riots main cause was the unrest in Detroit which in end caused police abuse, houses many could not afford and much more including quick demographic change. (The

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