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Detroit’s depopulation

How immigrants are helping Detroit’s recovery

The recently bankrupt city needs newcomers

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How does the photo of a woman in Hijab in front of a Sharia compliant Trojan Horse School (aka Madrassa) compliment the article on entrepreneurial streaks of Immigrants. "Immigrant" is a generic term, of which Muslims are much less likely to be high skilled immigrants with Tertiary Degree in STEM subjects (compared to better educated East Asians, Indians, East Europeans)


The article ignores a historical fact. The original Arab immigrants to Detroit were Christian Arabs escaping Muslim persecution in the old country. Maronite Christians from Lebanon were one of the most populous groups. By all accounts the Muslim and Christian Arabs seem to be getting along. This is a long American tradition where immigrants leave behind the antagonism of the old country. OTOH both Christian and Muslim Arabs also came in legally through the normal vetting process.


btw Detroits Muslim girls need to take a lesson on assimilation from Michigan's Ms. USA, Rima Fakih:

New Miss USA Once Won Pole Dancing Contest

The triumphant walk for the new Miss USA took her straight into controversy as a Muslim woman who flaunts her beauty, and who once flaunted it so well she won a stripper contest.
Lose the habib, girls, and let it ALL hang out!


By building another opulent American Islamic center with financing from the Gulf states will facilitate new migrants to settle into Detroit.


Detroit's recent inflow of immigrants and the disproportionate contribution they've made to reviving its economy are the results of Republican Governor Snyder's plan, announced in early 2014, to seek federal help in bringing in 50,000 immigrants over five years "as part of a visa program aimed at those with advanced degrees or exceptional abilities in science, business, or the arts." (From Monica Davey, The New York Times, Jan. 23, 2014). In November of 2015, however, the governor declared his opposition to permitting Syrian refugee relocation to the state of Michigan. Unlike The Economist, he is capable of distinguishing between different categories of immigrants.


I hope that besides President Trump, PM Abe of Japan will read this excellent article.

l live in Japan, a suburb about 50 km from Tokyo. I estimate that within a 1 km radius of the train station there are a least 500 vacant flats. After about 20:00, the only decent restaurants still open are run by foreigners.

They give much better service too. I arrived at an Indian restaurant just before 22:30 when they were putting up the "closed" sign. They immediately removed it and served a very nice dinner.

I've arrived a Japanese restaurants a few minutes before "last order" but was refused service.


Over the past 25 years many of the larger metropolitan areas of Midwest cities have had a huge upsurge in immigrants (i.e. relative to earlier proportions).

In the early 90s one would see only whites (typically descendants of earlier generations of eastern European immigrants) and blacks.

Nowadays one sees many South Asians, East Asians and people of middle Eastern descent.

The immigrants have propped up property values and local economies. And also made living there far more interesting i.e. instead of one miserable Chinese restaurant in a 10 mile radius, one gets pretty good choices these days. (And less borscht restaurants).

And while none of these places come close to Toronto (a fascinating immigrant destination), living there has become a little less grim. (Unlike the second-tier Rustbelt towns that continue into oblivion)


The premise of the article is that where native born Americans couldn't survive the destructive power of the Democratic Party, which has dominated the city for decades, that somehow foreign born Mexicans and Muslim can thrive under it?

Yes, and unicorns exist.

Joe Marlowe

If you haven't been to Detroit recently, try visiting. You may be surprised.
Detroit has plenty of good land downtown, at very reasonable prices - compare what you can buy, on the waterfront, with similar properties in, say, Chicago or Toronto.
It has all the supporting infrastructure of a much larger city, including substantial cultural attractions.
It is bright, and sunny, and surprisingly optimistic.
It has excellent transportation and communication infrastructure.
It sits at the heart of the Great Lakes, in an economic hinterland of 80 - 100 million people.
Notwithstanding the Winter, it has a pretty pleasant climate, and lots of access to parkland and recreation facilities on both sides of the river.
Detroit would be an excellent place to set up a new business.


A recent visit there was still rather depressing. Granted, they have some very nice Art Deco architecture. But downtown feels empty even in the middle of a business day. There's just not much to see. The Detroit Institute of Arts is OK. Parking is expensive and public transport non-existent. The area around Michigan Central Station is particularly derelict.

Joe Marlowe in reply to Kremilek2


Detroit is never going back to 1955, true enough.

But neither is Buffalo, or Cleveland, or Toledo, or Milwaukee, or Pittsburgh (just as, analogously, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Leeds aren't going back to 1910, either).

All the same, Detroit is in a great location, it has access to good research institutions, property is inexpensive, transportation and communication links are good, and the people who are now attracted to Detroit are young and energetic.

America has a genius for reinventing itself.

That process is well underway in Detroit.


What do we know about unreason and mob hysteria?

We know that real-world facts are useless. Trump people don't want to know real-world facts; they have their nice little fantasy given to them in bite-sized pieces by an orange halfwit.

Reality didn't help the Jews in Germany in the 1930s and reality won't help people who aren't flabby middle-aged white men now.

Langosta in reply to Joe Marlowe

I have a summer home in NW Michigan and get to Detroit occasionally. Visited friends there last September and spent some time in the city and on the island between the city and Windsor.

The nicest thing about the city is indeed its people. They are really friendly and helpful, and always smiling --- Blacks as well as Whites. I felt entirely safe at all times in downtown Detroit. No exaggeration, but I have not been in any city with nicer people. Lots of people from Detroit love it there, and are proud of the city. Hard to believe, but it's true. The place has a rich culture as a center of the auto industry, art, and Motown.

It's not really so much the Arab immigrants (Christian and Muslim) that have rehabbed the place as the billions spent by Quicken Loan's Dan Gilbert and the other corporate renovators. Considering all the problems Detroit had, it has made a remarkable recovery. It will be a great city again if the momentum keeps up.

The sports franchises have definitely improved morale. The Tigers have their spring training in Lakeland, Florida, and I will be there for some of the games in a couple weeks. Detroit is not quite home, but we feel a connection to the city.


From the article I would guess that the number of immigrants coming to Detroit is not sufficient to turn the wheel of Detroit's fate around. This would need generations as almost everybody who has visited this city can confirm.