Detroit Is A Stark Reminder Peak America Was Over 50 Years Ago

Submitted by Stock Board Asset

The most common saying amongst the baby boomer generation is “America is not like it was when I was growing up”. Have you ever wondered what that means?

Let’s first examine Jefferson Avenue and Conner, 1949-2010. As quickly as the city had grown, Detroit started to decay in the 1960’s. East Jefferson Avenue was once home to some of Detroit’s most prestigious industrial plants, including Chalmers, Hudson, Briggs, and Continental. The loss of many of these plants started in the 1960’s and had a devastating impact on the neighborhoods nearby, leading to a mass exodus of residents.

The Strauss–Howe generational theory, authored by William Strauss and Neil Howe may explain why Detroit started unraveling in the mid-1960’s. This was due to the late phase of the generation shift called the ‘American High’, which lasted from 1946 to 1964. This was a period of massive expansion of birth rates, industry, and infrastructure — America had it all.

The ‘American High’ ended in 1964 giving way to the next generational shift called the ‘Consciousness Revolution’ 1964 to 1984. During this period, Detroit started to fall ill to a disease called globalism. This is where global elites shifted capital from Detroit, and or other American cities to manufactures overseas on the basis of a human instinct called greed. In the process, many communities were destroyed as industry left producing third world conditions for the remaining few.

During the ‘American High’ (1946-1964), Detroit was the epicenter of the world’s auto industry. With the hard lead-in into the ‘Consciousness Revolution’ (1964-1984) globalism started to deplete US car production.

Here are a few examples of cheap labor overseas hallowing out the American auto industry:

US Car Production vs Japan Car Production


US Car Production vs Mexico Car Production


From Baltimore to Detroit, i’ve surveyed the worst zip codes America has to offer. With-in these zip codes, the rhyming factor is globalism, which forced industry to leave sending the communities around it on a downward spiral.

So, here is an Uber drive to remember touring through the most dangerous neighborhoods in Detroit, Michigan. I was armed with a drone, I-phone 7, and an Uber.  The area of focus is the zip code 48204 area ranked Michigan Radio’s top six most dangerous neighborhoods in Michigan.

Alastair Williamson tours the most dangerous neighborhoods in Detroit, Michigan armed with a drone, I-Phone7, and an Uber. He comes across crumbling neighborhoods, climate change protests, and a touching interview at the end. His overall thoughts include, “the end results of globalism has been detrimental to the area. The industry and neighborhoods left decades ago, and what’s left are the artifacts of a civilization from the ‘American High'”.

It has a median real estate value of $39,372 due to a significant volume of vacant commercial and residential structures. A majority of residential real estate structures in the area are worth < $62,000 making the area almost impossible to hold value, as well as attract new buyers to the area.

Real estate never recovered, but flatlined after the Great Recession

Conclusion: We have no-one else to blame but the global elites along with government officials who sold out America’s prosperity many decades ago. The elites prospered tremendously off this tectonic shift of capital overseas leaving the American middle class hallowed out. America needs her industry back, without it, we’re just an empire in decay. 

Bonus:  Millennials in the next 8 years, according to Gordon T. Long will be 75% of the US workforce. What millennials don’t realize is that decades of decaying US cities or even just Detroit will be a massive uphill battle to produce a sustainable economy. Challenging times are ahead.