Posts Tagged ‘Midwest’

Even dead people are leaving Detroit

August 13, 2008

From our friends at Students for a Free Economy

Even Dead People Are Fleeing Detroit

You know it’s bad when corpses can’t even handle being (not being?) in Detroit.

From today’s WSJ:

Where Have All the Graveyards Gone?
Decades ago, Detroit started experiencing white flight. Then blacks started fleeing too. Now, the Detroit News reports, Departed-Americans are departing–which is to say, their remains no longer remain:

From 2002 through 2007, the remains of about 1,000 people have been disinterred and moved out of the city, according to permits stored in metal filing cabinets in the city’s department of health. Looked at in another way, for about every 30 living human beings who leave Detroit, one dead human being follows.

The paper adds, “Although there is little information or statistical evidence regarding the phenomenon across the country, it is quite likely that Detroit and its surrounding communities lead the way, as it does in population loss among the living.” Of course, some places make it more complicated for the dead to leave. For instance, in Chicago, they have to register to vote at their new address.

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Photo of houses swept away down Cedar River, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

June 16, 2008

Buildings and debris are seen floating in the Cedar River against a railroad bridge Saturday, June 14, 2008, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Days after it rose out of its banks on its way to record flooding in Cedar Rapids, the Cedar River has forced at least 24,000 people from their homes, emergency officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Footage from Cedar Rapids, Iowa flooding

June 12, 2008

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The Cedar River poured over its banks here Thursday, forcing the evacuation of nearly 4,000 homes, causing a railroad bridge to collapse and leaving cars underwater on downtown streets.

Officials estimated that 100 blocks were underwater in Cedar Rapids, where several days of preparation could not hold back the rain-swollen river. Rescuers had to use boats to reach many stranded residents, and people could be seen dragging suitcases up closed highway exit ramps to escape the water.

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Footage shot from a rooftop in downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa.