plc5_250: GoldSpider: Isn't there a way we can force businesses to (re)locate into distressed areas. That would bring economic opportunity to people who have historically been denied.The only way that is going to happen ("force" not withstanding) is if the city/county goes in and clears the wrecked buildings out first.For example, I can't see any business taking over the old Packard Plant on Grand: huge industrial complex, sat "empty" for years, nothing but graffiti holding up the walls now, probably cost in the millions to clear the entire facility so that new development could even start.I don't know, maybe if the entire property was given away AND some sort of realistic incentive was put out to encourage the teardown/redevelopment. I'm not holding my breath - I don't think you could even convince Dan Gilbert to step in.
To The Escape Zeppelin!: As with all of the worlds greatest cities, NYC also has the advantage of sitting on the intersection of several major trade routes. NYC doesn't need to attract people, people and goods must come to it. Detroit on the other hand only ever became a major US city because of the decision to put the automotive industry there. Based on its location it should never have been more than a second rate city, like Raleigh or Scranton. Detroit never had much going for it except cars and with the car manufacturing gone there is little reason for businesses to move to Detroit. You have all the high crime and taxes of a major city with none of the advantages.
GAT_00: JerkyMeat: Yes, they want to set up shop in an unregulated wonderland in a tax subsidized industry with slave labor.Judging by the incredibly lackluster job growth in Wisconsin once Walker took over, that seems unlikely.
sethstorm: maxalt: I left Detroit over 30 years ago and it was BAD then it is sooo much worse now.Thank Mr. Snyder(R-ALEC)
JerkyMeat: Yes, they want to set up shop in an unregulated wonderland in a tax subsidized industry with slave labor.
GoldSpider: IrateShadow: There isn't a legislative entity in the country powerful enough to force a Fortune 500 there and anything smaller would effectively be given a death sentence.Then we ought be work on giving that kind of power to the right legislative jurisdiction. Maybe eminent domain can be leveraged, for the "public good" after all.
HotWingConspiracy: Cubicle Jockey: Snarcoleptic_Hoosier: No! Binary choices are the only options! Now sit down, shut up, and twirl your little American flag harder!Businesses seem to like NYC's high-tax, low-crime combination. So is crime the main factor?Probably. Business can generally game the tax system anyway. Not such an easy task with street crime.
GoldSpider: IrateShadow: You could offer incentives, but even that's kind of tough because the type of people you find in distressed areas aren't really a fit for the types of jobs that can just pick up and move to a new location (office work / white collar stuff).Right, but I was thinking something a bit more forceful than "incentives". The "type of people" will remain that way until they are given opportunity.
GAT_00: Wisconsin job growth plummeted from 11th, before Walker was in office, to 44th in the nation in job growth. Walker made significant inroads in reducing regulation in the name of increasing job growth.
DigitalCoffee: AngryDragon: You do know that Detroit has been ruled almost exclusively by hard left pro-union, big government, Democrats by thieves, crooks, and liars for the last 50 years, right?
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