Largely due to the decline of the automobile industry, Detroit became one of the United States’ poorest big cities. It filed the largest municipal bankruptcy cases in United States history in 2013, which, in 2014, it successfully exited.
Detroit became a figure of despair. Urban decay, poverty and high crime rates made it one of the least desirable cities in the United States. But that’s beginning to change. Detroit represents a ruggedness — a coolness perhaps equivalent to Brooklyn, N.Y., 15 years ago.
But is Detroit heading in the same direction? Poverty, unemployment and racial segregation quite naturally lead to high levels of crime. In 2013, it was noted 50 percent of children were living in poverty, whilst 50 percent of adults were illiterate. So how could Detroit possibly be on the rise again?
Billionaire Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans, the second largest mortgage provider in the United States, purchased more than 60 properties for about $1.4 billion to house more than 12,000 of his employees in the downtown area. In 2014, Detroit saw a massive decrease in homicides and general crime rates.
When General Motors filed for bankruptcy in 2009, it left 48 buildings vacant in the city center. Now, 31 of those are reoccupied and undergoing significant renovation. In 2016, an estimated 22,000 additional jobs are anticipated.
It is still early, but things are certainly looking good for the future of Detroit. Hopefully Gilbert’s vision is inclusive of those in need who have survived Detroit’s fall from grace.
Santa Monica, California, has such an incredible array of restaurants and bars, it can be difficult to choose one. Rustic Canyon on Wilshire Boulevard makes it easy to decide; the restaurant manages to clearly set itself apart from the rest.
Beyond being a major hub in the global transportation network, Hartsfield-Jackson is also proud to be a major hub for exciting, high-quality retail options through our award-winning concessions program, ATL Skypointe.
Many travelers are exchanging their regular home lives for a more exciting life abroad. However, no matter where in the world you visit, money is needed to live a comfortable life. Gaining work experience abroad can diversity a resume and open opportunities worldwide. For travelers who wish to live a more nomadic lifestyle, getting a short-term job in a country is also a great option. This will ensure travelers have enough money to get by and give them experience. Before leaving for a country or while in a foreign land, travelers can use the internet to find jobs or local resources.
One of the best ways to experience and learn more about a culture is by looking for and picking through the local markets. Depending on the destination, markets can be found in the out-of-the-way nooks and crannies of larger cities or can function as attractions on their own merit.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.