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Friday, 7 October, 2011 0:18 AM

Detroit named most dangerous city in America, Forbes reports

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Detroit was recently named the most dangerous city in the United States with 1,111 violent primes per 100,000 residents.

 

by Garrett Godwin
ggodwin82@yahoo.com

 

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DETROIT -- Until now, Detroit has been developing a strong following for three reasons: the Tigers' 12-game winning streak that led them to winning the 2011 American League (AL) Central Division pennant, the Lions winning their first four games of the season, and the Michigan Wolverines remaining undefeated at 5-0 after their Big 10 shutout against Minnesota last Saturday.

Despite this sports fever, though, the Motor City has been getting a bad reputation in the media over the last several years. Most of it is because of the ongoing soap opera about Kwame Kilpatrick, the disgraced ex-Mayor and his endless affairs; the rising rate in unemployment, the bankruptcy of the Big Three, library branches and schools being closed down, grassroots organizations/protests for collective bargaining and union rights, potential cuts for public transportation and police departments, and those were just the beginning during this Great Recession.

This connects Detroit to the acronym CCP: crime, corruption, and politics, which is probably why Forbes.com named it the most dangerous city in the United States with 1,111 violent crimes per 100,000 residents; 345 murders were reported in the metro area last year.

"Year in, year out, and decade after decade," stated Florida State University assistant criminology professor Brian Stults, "there's been a very large population loss. A large section of the population is gone, and they're not the people doing crime to begin with."

Flint made the top five at number four with 827 violent crimes for the same reasons as Detroit, added by a recent decrease in the auto manufacturing job market.

"People don't have jobs, they don't have money for food, so they become a lot more desperate, and these trends take a long time to reverse," said Megan Wolfram, an intelligence analyst for iJet (a risk assessment firm).

Source: http://realestate.yahoo.com/promo/americas-most-dangerous-cities-2011.html

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Flint was ranked No. 4 of the cities with the worst crime in America, according to the Forbes report.

 

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