Tuesday, August 11, 2020


Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. How many businesses will permanently close on the Miracle Mile in Chicago? How many people are making plans to move out of Chicago today?

There's precedent, so we don't have to guess what is going to happen. After the Detroit riots in 1967, the outcomes were studied. Loss of taxpayers, loss of businesses and the associated loss of property and sales tax revenue, areas of the city never rebuilt, permanent demographic changes.

In his autobiography, Coleman Young, the first black mayor of Detroit wrote about the impact of the riots.
"The heaviest casualty, however, was the city. Detroit's losses went a hell of a lot deeper than the immediate toll of lives and buildings. The riot put Detroit on the fast track to economic desolation, mugging the city and making off with incalculable value in jobs, earnings taxes, corporate taxes, retail dollars, sales taxes, mortgages, interest, property taxes, development dollars, investment dollars, tourism dollars, and plain damn money. The money was carried out in the pockets of the businesses and the white people who fled as fast as they could. The white exodus from Detroit had been prodigiously steady prior to the riot, totaling twenty-two thousand in 1966, but afterwards it was frantic. In 1967, with less than half the year remaining after the summer explosion—the outward population migration reached sixty-seven thousand. In 1968 the figure hit eighty-thousand, followed by forty-six thousand in 1969."
Portland, Seattle, Chicago and many other cities are going to see an exodus.

The threads break, the fabric weakens.
“Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.”
Henry Adams


Glen Filthie said...
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x said...

G.F.- Nah, really? You think so?


John said...


MrGarabaldi said...

Hey Borepatch;

The people leave the city for the safety of the suburbs, but unfortunately they bring the city attitude and city politics to the suburbs and flip them blue also then can't understand why the place they moved to turns into the same shithole they moved from.

Glen Filthie said...

Sorry about that fellas. I don’t blame you one bit for that censorship in today’s political climate. Kinda wish you boys had more courage than that, though. It is what it is.

Let me, rephrase that:


“Oh noes!!!! Oh those pore, pore black peoples!!!! Suffering under all that racism!!!! We need more diversity!!! Diversity is our strength!!!
Black Lives Matter ✊🏿!!!!

Arthur said...

"The riot put Detroit on the fast track to economic desolation"

It was 'The Riot' what done it!!1

It's like the passive voice, 'mistakes were made'.

No, see Mr. Young, unless you are prepared to call out THE ACTUAL INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED in the riot, you're just prolonging the problem.

They are black. Like you. In the US, they ALWAYS are.

Until black intellectuals are prepared to call out their own nothing changes.

Until black parents are prepared to discipline their children nothing changes, "oh not my baby! Hes a good boy!"

My parents would have disappeared me if I had even thought about doing 10% of the crap these rioters have gotten away with. Without needing the cops, social workers or anyone else to prompt them.

Borepatch said...

Arthur, Antifa is whiter than Mitt Romney making a mayo sandwich on Wonder Bread in a snowstorm. It looks like a lot of the BLM types are, too.

Arthur said...


That I'll accept. Looters?

Borepatch said...

Well, rioters for sure.