Didn't realise how bad things were in Detroit till reading about it recently . This account of the decline in population is staggering ,
Exodus from Detroit
Racial unrest in 1967 contributed to a shift of the white population out of downtown Detroit. Many moved to the suburbs. The city's population shrank in the '70s and '80s as jobs were lost to competition from Germany and Japan. Jobs on the edge of town could only be reached by people who owned a car. Modern achievement became an existential problem.
By then the good times were over for this once-fêted metropolis of modernity. Within half a century Detroit lost almost a million people, or half of its population. Many inner city buildings, including the United Artists Theater and the majestic train station, were abandoned. When the last tenants moved out of some apartment blocks, the heating was simply turned off and the electricity disconnected. Water leaked into the empty buildings, frost cracked the walls and columns, and the window panes shattered. The result is an almost gothic vision of decline.
Thirty-five per cent of the inner city has become uninhabitable.
Re . costs ( non smoker now for 25 yrs +)
pack of 20 B&H King size £6.46 = 10.34 US dollars
unleaded petrol / gas per litre £1.30= 2.08 US dollars
VAT (VALUE ADDED TAX) Recently increased to 20%