Detroit case study

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  • Detroit - case study
    • Demographics
      • Population    trends: 1900:300,0001950:1.8mill     2013: 700,00
      • from 2000 - 2012 there was a population decrease -25%
      • 81.38% African american
      • 12.37% Caucasian compared to 90.56% of Michigan
    • Education and employment
      • dropout rate 68%
      • Illiteracy rate 47%
        • lack of education causes unemployment
          • dropout rate 68%
          • Unemployment levels peaked in 2009 of 28%
          • unemployment rate of black people 30% - higher than Detroit as a whole
          • increase in crime
    • homes and infrastructure
      • since 2005 over 100 schools have closed down
        • Education and employment
          • Illiteracy rate 47%
            • lack of education causes unemployment
              • Unemployment levels peaked in 2009 of 28%
              • unemployment rate of black people 30% - higher than Detroit as a whole
              • increase in crime
      • 2009 average house prices were $7,000 some were up for only hundred and still were not selling
        • 2009, 9,000 houses put on market only 1/5 sold
      • 2010 50-60% houses were foreclosure
        • Houses were literally left abandoned because people could not afford the cost of living
    • Wealth and poverty
      • consequence of debt not being paid
        • $300 billion debt owed by Detroit
          • Cuts in services
            • Cuts in transport
            • streetlights turned off to save money
              • Increase crime
      • 1/2 of children living in poverty
      • 1/3 of all residents live below the federal poverty line

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