Detroit was known worldwide as the centre of the motor manufacturing industry. As the industry died, so workers moved out, the city's tax base fell, and whole areas of downtown Detroit have just been abandoned, the property not worth a spit, and not enough taxes to police it or keep it from burning down. The buildings are empty of people, and there's no traffic at all on streets once jammed with vehicles. And this is absolutely right. Why should Federal taxes pay Welfare relief, pay to keep a city that's had it's day alive? Let it rot and collapse and let trees grow in the rubble and let nature reclaim it.
|Deserted downtown Detroit|
A city or a town isn't a masonry structure, it's an economy. If there's not even a sufficient local tax-base to pave the streets, pay subsistence Welfare, educate the kids and provide a basic level of public health, there's no reason why it should survive. Using taxes from richer areas will just damage the national economy - money that should be invested in business and trade is being wasted maintaining an artificial property market. So let Bradford return to a village, let Blackburn go back to some huts in a swamp, with the natives poking about in the dirt with sticks. Let the people move out - to the Fens to pick vegetables, to London to drive buses, to anywhere where there's work and a new life. And let's let the crumbling housing estates return to the earth.