Detroit in My Eyes - David Rozman UMich: 15008073 9/16/11...

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David Rozman UMich: 15008073 9/16/11 Am. Cult. 301 ` Detroit in My Eyes Detroit shapes lives in many ways because of its rich history and prominent future. Every day the people of the City of Detroit work to fix up the city in order to bring back the boom that hit the area in the 1940’s and 50’s. Though the recession has hurt Detroit more than any other city in the United States, I am proud to call it my home. I grew up in a suburb just outside of Detroit, but my high school resides in the city limits. I have experienced Detroit at its best and at its worst. Comparing my city to Detroit will show that regardless of my cities values and statistics, the images of Detroit will never change. Detroit has shaped me in ways that I could never even imagine, and by looking at the census of the city and reporting on the images of the city, this paper will explain my life history. Looking at the census, Detroit is in a state of turmoil. The average income is nowhere close to being a livable amount. The city is under the poverty line on average in my opinion. The fact that a few outliers affect the median is why this average is a little bit higher than expected. There is no way a family can survive on $29,000 dollars compared to that of Royal Oak, which is almost $53,000. Though it may seem like a lot of money to a college student or even a high school student, $29,000 is enough to pay for maybe a small house, but could not come close to covering gas prices and other necessities such as food and heat. Imagine trying to take care of 3 children and maintain your house while living on that salary. The total population of Detroit is just under a million people at 951,000. Now even though Royal Oak is only about 1/16 of Detroit’s population at 60,000, the city is better off when it comes to total income and housing value. Most of the houses in Royal Oak are valued between
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This note was uploaded on 10/14/2011 for the course AMCULT 301 taught by Professor Kirashige during the Fall '11 term at University of Michigan.

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