Tuesday, March 22, 2011

713,777

The U.S. Census Bureau released its count of Detroit's population earlier today. The city currently has an official population 713,000 people, which is its lowest number in a hundred years. One should also point out that when Detroit last had a population this low, the city only had roughly half of its current land mass. Warrendale, and many of the neighborhoods that surround it, did not become a part of Detroit until the 1920s.

Mayor Dave Bing stated earlier today that he intends to challenge this count. It's possible that his efforts will be successful. However, I won't hold my breath on it. I believe that the Bing Administration would have been far more successful if they were more active in getting people to participate in the initial count last year instead of waiting to challenge the census count now.

The Bing Administration made a few overtures at encouraging people to participate in the Census. However, it obviously wasn't enough to have the effect that is needed. I find it doubtful that they'll be able to succeed at this point.

Regardless, I believe this illustrates precisely how serious matters are in Detroit. We have some very serious problems that require a serious discussion about solutions.
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