Sunday, October 09, 2011

Life in "Progress" City - Detroit edition

Riders at crowded Detroit bus stops boil with frustration and anger -- much of it aimed at Mayor Dave Bing. Sometimes waiting for hours, they miss work, classes, job interviews, medical appointments.

In the last four months, city bus service has crumbled into a crisis, stranding many of the nearly 30% of Detroit households that don't have vehicles. If this debacle had happened to anyone but Detroit's poor, politicians and pundits would scream for action.

But the mayor better hear these bus blues and act as though his job depended on it -- because it probably does.

"Bing doesn't give a damn," Sheila Jones, 53, told me last week while waiting at a downtown bus stop. She takes up to four hours to get from work in Dearborn to home on Detroit's east side. "This is what you get when you have an ex-basketball star running the city."


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