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Case Study of Detroit, MI
Michael Harker
BIO 201-2 Public Health and the Environment

Although the city of Detroit, Michigan has been hit by hard times over the last 50 years or so, people and businesses are coming together in order to change the city and its residents. “Detroit has a long and storied 300-year history, but the heart and soul of Detroit is its residents” (City of Detroit, 2013, para.1). In the early to mid-1900’s Detroit used to be known as the auto industry of the world however, because of cheaper labor overseas and in the southern part of the United States thousands of Detroit residents ended up losing their jobs. These auto industry workers were the main income earners for their families but due to the loss of thousands upon thousands of auto industry jobs, entire neighborhoods in Detroit now sit vacant and abandoned. According to Jackson and Sinclair the authors of Designing Healthy Communities, the city of Detroit once had a population of two million people but has been declining over the last 50 years. In 1950 Detroit was the fourth largest city in the United States, however by 1990 the population was down to 1 million people and by 2006 there were only 871,000 residents. (Jackson & Sinclair, 2012). This continued downward spiral of the city’s population has seen many younger and highly skilled people looking to leave Detroit, leaving behind an older generation of city residents who are left to fend for themselves and who require more city services than the younger residents who are moving away.
Some of the issues that currently affect the city of Detroit are racial and poverty issues. The state of Michigan once played an integral part in the Underground Railroad, allowing thousands of former slaves and African-Americans to take refuge in the free states of the North. According to the 2010 census performed by the United States…...

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