DETROIT: City On The Move
This public domain film narrated by then-mayor Jerome P. Cavanaugh was made in 1965 to promote Detroit. The city faced many urban problems and its population was in decline. These difficulties were amplified by the 1967 riots, which are seen by many as one of the most significant events which led the city into a forty year decline. Since the mid 50s, the population has dropped by half and the infrastructure has been destroyed or has decayed due to abuse and neglect.
This film is pretty funny for the mayor's unenthusiastic reading of the narration and the film's denail of the problems which went on to destroy the city, but it wasn't so funny for those who lived this slow-motion deconstruction.
This video has been posted here since 2007. Since Detroit's 2013 bankruptcy, things are turning around for the better:
DPS students now eligible for free college for a two-year degree
Citywide curbside recycling
Half as many foreclosures in Wayne County
All-LED streetlighting, close to 100% working (50% before bankruptcy)
Bus system expanded with new lines, 24-hour service, and running on-time
Police response time dropped from an hour to 17 minutes
Violent crime down 13% 2014 to 2015
Violent crime down 40% in Midtown 2008 to 2015
City mowing vacant parcels and ticketing negligent owners
Housing shortage downtown with over 6000 units of new housing being built
Roughly 25,000 new jobs downtown since 2010
Close to 200 miles of new bike lanes since 2010, cycling up over 400%
Chain retail appearing: Meijer, Whole Foods etc.
Gigabit internet available citywide
Woodward Avenue streetcar (first since 1956) opening this Spring
Belle Isle Park multimillion dollar renovation
Numerous closed city parks reopened
Property taxes adjusted (almost entirely down) citywide for the first time in 30 years
New hockey arena, Pistons move back from suburbs, potential major-league soccer on the way
The physical landscape bears scars everywhere of over one million people having left in the form of open tracts of vacant land where once stood buildings, but the most important vitals are moving in the right direction.
Speramus meliora, resurget cineribus. We hope for better things, it shall rise from the ashes. Put your hands up for Detroit!