I apologize for I don't think that it was my intention to judge Detroit. I hope I simply reported what I saw. Tess you seemed to agree with everything I stated so I am a little confused. . .
I was in Louisville two weeks ago where things are not great but that town has always had some real crappy areas, and the cancer keeps spreading. It used to be the west half of downtown but now pretty much everywhere you go, downtown, is run down like a ghetto. I was in Cincinnatti two years ago and you are right the entire south side of town was a very scary place especially at night, oh yes I know because I contracted some work out on their traffic data mining systems(ARTIMIS) thus we had to work at night. It has been a long time since I have been to Chicago but the one time I went their I hated every minute of it.
Tess you know I wasn't talking about a "neighborhood" as much as I was talking about the whole city and I cannot state it anymore clearly than I did earlier but I was literally worried for my wife's safety and it seemed like we drove for ten miles before we got out of the area(s) where comfort was not a word to be had. We never saw any police but we did see a slew of unmarked cars that had large men in them and it looked like they were wearing uniforms and armor of some kind - like body armor, like in the Marines.