|Yes, thanks to its Black population|
Ra's al Ghul: Tomorrow the world will watch in horror as its greatest city destroys itself. The movement back to harmony will be unstoppable this time.
Bruce Wayne: You attacked Gotham before?
Ra's al Ghul: Of course. Over the ages, our weapons have grown more sophisticated. With Gotham, we tried a new one: Economics. But we underestimated certain of Gotham's citizens... such as your parents. Gunned down by one of the very people they were trying to help. Create enough hunger and everyone becomes a criminal. Their deaths galvanized the city into saving itself... and Gotham has limped on ever since. We are back to finish the job. And this time no misguided idealists will get in the way.
The ruling of restrictive covenant being unconstitutional meant the death of not just major cities, but every city in America will eventually happen. Were the world of Gotham City in Nolan’s Batman trilogy to operate under the rules of our world, Gotham would have been long ago been destroyed.
The city is fast running out of money, with only $76 million reported on hand last month, and could be headed toward payless paydays this spring unless union concessions and other cuts are implemented soon, new financial numbers show.
The cash flow numbers; as of Jan. 27 also show the city would be $46.8 million in the hole at the end of the fiscal year on June 30. The city would officially run out of cash in mid-to-late April, the figures posted on the city's website predict, a fiscal reality that first prompted the governor to consider sending in an emergency manager.
At the end of November, the city had a cash balance after required distributions of $109.9 million. That fell to $53.7 million in December and jumped back to $76 million last month. The city is forecasting a steady drop in cash this month to $55.9 million, then $42.2 million in March and $2.5 million in early April. It's unclear why the numbers jumped in December.
"Things are going down, down, down," said Edward Rago, the former city budget director under Mayors Coleman A. Young and Dennis Archer.
"All the evidence points to the fact that things are bad, they are getting worse, they are going to be negative in eight weeks or so."
The city also was forecast to receive $97 million in revenue through the end of January but was $21 million short of projections.
Rago said that cash flow trend soon will signal a payless payday for Detroit.
|No Batman protects Detroit; just mercenaries|
Family members say a 14-year-old boy shot his mother to death as she was sleeping early today because he was mad she wouldn't let him hang out with friends.
Tamiko Robinson, 36, died around 3 a.m., according to her brother, Leshaun Roberts.
Detroit Police spokeswoman Sgt. Eren Stephens would not release any information about the case.
"He just wanted to hang with the thugs," Roberts said, sitting on the front porch of the home on Burns, just off Gratiot Avenue, as he was holding a family picture of them. "The first thing that came to mind was he did it because of what they were going through."
Roberts said the boy, who is on the swim team and ROTC at Kettering High School, broke into an office in the home to get a gun owned by his mother's fiance.
As she slept in the living room and her fiance slept in an adjacent room with their 5-year-old daughter, Roberts said her son shot her on the couch and when she fell to the floor.
Mayor Dave Bing today called on parents to better raise their children in the wake of a disturbing spate of violence involving young people in Detroit.
His voice rising at times, Bing said what was especially jarring to him were crimes in which youngsters attack their parents. He said those kinds of incidents hurt him deeply and are simply "unacceptable."
"When you've got parents afraid of their kids, you know you have not done a good job as a parent," Bing said in a news conference in his 11th floor conference room at City Hall. "You need to start disciplining those young people when they come out of the womb. Mothers and fathers ... you can't start disciplining a kid at the age of 12 or 14, it's too late."
"What we are living with today is totally unacceptable," Bing continued. "And we're going to deal with it, we're going to solve the problem and we're going to make our streets and our homes safe again."
Police Chief Ralph Godbee said his department will solve the recent crimes. The string of violence in the past few days includes the shooting death of an infant, a carjacking that left a 6-year-old in critical condition and a 14-year-old who is accused of killing his mother. But they can't do it alone, he said.
"We're not standing idly by. What closes the loop for us is community involvement," Godbee said. "If you don't have the community closing that loop and turning over criminals that will kill our young people and maim our senior citizens, then we don't have a true community policing system. To that end, we're going to do our part."Godbee said his department has "the resolve to get the job done."
"The fact that we're afraid of our own children is a commentary right there," Godbee said. "I don't want to wax philosophical, but when I was growing up I was more afraid of my father than I was the police. That element is missing in our community." Bing said that a "very small percentage of our population" is committing the crimes, but he stressed citizens "cannot just stand idly by and accept this." Even though admitting he doesn't have all the answers, Bingpledged to do "whatever I can to eradicate the kind of thinking and action that is now taking place in our community.""I was taught to respect my elders, and I was taught to protect the young," the mayor said. "And for whatever reason, we have a culture that doesn't accept that anymore."
Wait a second. Isn’t another one of America’s formerly great cities seeing the exact same scenario of white people leaving in droves and Black people taking over every public institution in the city? Why yes, Philadelphia is seeing the Detroiting of The City of Brotherly Love take place as we speak.
As violent mobs of young men continued to wreak havoc in Philadelphia for a second summer in a row, Mayor Michael Nutter has taken a hard line against the roving “flash mobs,” tightening weekend curfews, endorsing stiff “stop-and-frisk” polices, and blasting the mostly black teenagers involved in the violence with fiery words from the pulpit this weekend.
About 50 teenagers were arrested Friday for violating the newly enforced weekend curfew. It is aimed at cracking down on mobs of young people responsible for random attacks on people and property.
The mayor’s crackdown has placed him in the center of a simmering debate about how black community leaders should respond to violence within their own community. On one side are those who admire the mayor’s take-no-prisoners rhetorical style and use of police force, while others say this approach lets the mayor off the hook for failing to address the needs of young black Philadelphians.
n a combative speech on Sunday at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter said that young black men have to stop acting like "sperm donors" and "human ATMs." He admonished parents for failing to supervise and expect good behavior from their children. And he directly implicated habits and styles of some young black men in the city.
"If you walk into somebody's office with your hair uncombed and a pick in the back, and your shoes untied and your pants half-down, tattoos up and down your arms and on your neck, and you wonder why somebody won't hire you?" Nutter told the congregation "They don't hire you 'cause you look like you're crazy. You have damaged your own race."
"I am a proud black man in this country," Nutter said in a subsequent interview with the Associated Press. "It was a message that needed to be said. It needed to be said at this time . . . People have had enough of this nonsense, black and white."