Finally, Kwame Kilpatrick has pleaded guilty and (indirectly) resigned as mayor. If you aren’t up on the massive clusterfuck story, check out Respectful Insolence’s summary.
It’s a sad thing for a great city. From a story covering the fiasco:
“Detroit — which has struggled for decades with high crime, unemployment and a shrinking population — has been hurt mightily by the mortgage crisis and the downturn in the auto industry, faces a possible budget deficit of $65 million, and was recently declared one of America’s “fastest-dying” cities by Forbes magazine.”
Detroit has also given the US a hugely vibrant music scene, both in the past and the present. John Lee Hooker. Maceo. Kenny Burell. Motown. Aretha Franklin. Iggy. Hardcore Punk. Birthplace of Techno.*
This video is a great story about what is–and isn’t–happening in Detroit. The title is Locusts, and it’s a hip hop manifesto/documentary.
I’ll end with a link to this great post at Feministe about Unions, and why they are a GOOD thing. Cause there are a lot of union folks in Michigan, and if we’re going to have a Michigan theme today, I’m mentioning them.
*Ok, Sonny Bono is also from Detoit. They can’t all be winners.