Sunday, March 01, 2015

A Tale Of Two (Michigan) Cities

While Grand Rapids, Michigan is a thriving medium-sized city, Detroit is still trying to climb out of bankruptcy, crime, corruption and Democrat one-party rule. Detroit has made some strides, such as in appointing an effective and tough Chief of Police in James Craig, but it's backsliding in other significant ways.

The culture of Detroit, especially its culture of easy and unjustifiable criminal violence has yet to be transformed, and until that happens much of the changes aren't going to help improve the city overall.

The Detroit News: Grand Rapids revels in its low murder rate

Last year Detroit had 300 murders or 42.9 per 100,000 residents. In contrast, Grand Rapids had 6 murders or 3.2 per 100,000 residents.

The Detroit News points out helpfully that not a single one of the Grand Rapids murders was committed with a firearm, as if a murder with a firearm is somehow worse that by other means.

The cultures and politics between the two cities are quite different and Detroit could stand to learn a lot by adapting the better parts of the culture and polices of Grand Rapids.

1 comment:

Old NFO said...

Interesting set of facts...