Category: US history

Decline and fall of the Roamin’ Empire: Part 6, And they lost it all

2 October, 2013 (13:21) | Bankruptcy, Cities, Coleman Young, Detroit, Economics, Housing, Kwame Kilpatrick, Local issues, Municipal Finance, Real estate taxes, US history |

Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.]   By:David A. Smith   “In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but […]

Decline and fall of the Roamin’ Empire: Part 5, Bizarreness masqueraded as creativity

1 October, 2013 (10:17) | Bankruptcy, Cities, Coleman Young, Detroit, Economist, Housing, Kwame Kilpatrick, Local issues, Municipal Finance, Real estate taxes, US history | 1 comment

[Continued from yesterday's Part 4 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]   By:David A. Smith   “Bizarreness masqueraded as creativity.” ― Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire     In our history of Detroit’s slide into insolvency, we’ve reached the late middle-game – as carefully listed by Nathan Bomey and […]

Decline and fall of the Roamin’ Empire: Part 4, Five marks of the decaying culture

30 September, 2013 (17:00) | Bankruptcy, Cities, Coleman Young, Detroit, Economics, Housing, Kwame Kilpatrick, Local issues, Municipal Finance, Real estate taxes, US history |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   By:David A. Smith   “The five marks of the Roman decaying culture: 1. Concern with displaying affluence instead of building wealth. 2. Obsession with sex and perversions of sex. 3. Art becomes freakish and sensationalistic instead of creative and original. 4. Widening […]

Decline and fall of the Roamin’ Empire: Part 3, To express our wants and our property

27 September, 2013 (09:44) | Bankruptcy, Cities, Coleman Young, Detroit, Economics, Housing, Kwame Kilpatrick, Local issues, Municipal Finance, Real estate taxes, US history |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   “The value of money has been settled by general consent to express our wants and our property, as letters were invented to express our ideas; and both these institutions, by giving a more active energy to the powers and passions of […]

Decline and fall of the Roamin’ Empire: Part 2, Public highways for use of the legions

26 September, 2013 (09:00) | Bankruptcy, Cities, Coleman Young, Detroit, Economics, Housing, Kwame Kilpatrick, Local issues, Municipal Finance, Real estate taxes, US history |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   By:David A. Smith   “The public highways, which had been constructed for the use of the legions, opened an easy passage for the Christians missionaries from Damascus to Corinth, and from Italy to the extremity of Spain or Britain; nor did those spiritual conquerors encounter any of the obstacles […]