Detroit vs. Pittsburgh: The Difference between ‘Most Miserable’ and ‘Most Livable’ is Skin-Deep

Pittsburgh, the best city in America. Also, it’s the whitest big city

The Motor City gets dumped on a lot. Recently rated by Forbes as the Most Dangerous City in America, Detroit also happens to be one of the most monochromatic. The core of the city (roughly 808,000) is 92 percent Black, where no major grocery store chain dare open for business. The suburban area – where the people who work in Detroit and fled from the Black Undertow to raise families – is 82 percent white, complete with flourishing school systems and a robust economy.

Detroit was rated as The Most Miserable City back in 2008 by Forbes and has since remained in dubious contention for that honor (competing with other Black Undertow cities like Cleveland and Memphis), probably because the Black population subsists entirely on government handouts, Disingenuous White Liberal (DWL) charity, and $1000 houses, which brings down the average Black family net worth.

How did Detroit go from one of the most remarkable cities in the world – when it was all white – to, well, the Detroit of today? Thomas Sowell and other conservatives would have you believe it was all about liberal policies and socialism, yet those same policies have helped a country like Norway flourish. Innovation and entrepreneurial activities are commonplace in Norway, similar to the commonplace high rates of illiteracy, corruption among the elected officials, and crime found in Detroit. 

It’s a safe bet that none of the top neighborhoods to trick or treat in (according to Zillow.com) will be in Detroit (though many of the worst neighborhoods commonly featured in First 48 will be), because maintaining a sense of community – where parents feel safe to send their kids out into the night to collect candy from neighbors – isn’t something high on the list of Black people. Quite Note: I’m working on a major article detailing why Halloween is the most explicit white holiday, and how only those cities that have fostered a sense of community, safety, and,’good school systems’ can maintain this tradition.

Just look at Prince George’s County to see how the elite Black families live, courtesy of federal government employment (or should we say, mandated levels of over-representation of Black people as federal or state bureaucrats). You see, government can work, but when federal and state agencies become bloated with unnecessary employees on their payroll, accountability takes a back seat to coerced diversity.

But back to Detroit. People blame the loss of jobs and the stagnation of hope on the decimation of Detroit and its gradual collapse into an Earth Abides scenario. In reality, Detroit represents the ultimate Life After Black People for all to see (to borrow from the Life After People show on The History Channel). Detroit offers an unfolding drama into what happens when Climate Change – necessitated by white flight and the crippling effects of the Black Undertow taking control – turns a once thriving economy into the ultimate embodiment of what transpires when Black-Run America (BRA) reaches its logical conclusion.

But.. but.. but… Detroit lost so many jobs! Poverty causes crime! Lack of access to quality education dooms children to a life of misery (actually, it rewards them with a life provided entirely by taxpayers, either in jail or through welfare, EBT,section 8 housing, etc.). In Detroit, students are paid to actually show up for classes (and everyone eats for free, courtesy of the taxpayer). School systems routinely have Teach for America-trained Crusading White Pedagogues (CWP) attempting to fight back the evil forces of nature with nurture and nearly unlimited funds, provided once again by the taxpayer.

Yet the population of Detroit has shown little to no motivation for innovation, save for the Coon Man selling his Raccoon, providing a melancholy raconteur for the demise of The Motor City.

Exit Detroit, stage left. Enter Pittsburgh, stage right.

The Steel City, where a steel town girl once worked hard for her money. Sadly, much of those steel jobs disappeared when free trade agreements made purchasing and importing steel more profitable then having an industry in Birmingham or Pittsburgh.

Instead of waxing nostalgically for past glories and blaming the loss of an industry for the demise of an entire city, the citizens of Pittsburgh refrained from violence and turning their city into the Most Miserable and Most Violent in America and instead, have diversified the economy through innovation and turned Pittsburgh into The Most Livable in America; The Best City in America to Move to; and The Economist rated Pittsburgh as The Best City in America.

All accolades that will never be associated with 90 percent + Black Detroit, but are associated with one of the least diverse and most monochromatic cities in America. Pittsburgh is shockingly white – like Norway – and faced the same problems that Detroit did; the gradual erosion and  loss of its primary industry. But because Pittsburgh was overwhelmingly white, the citizens were able to rally around a community and rebuild. Because white people fled the violent Black Undertow in Detroit – deciding that building new cities around the dying inner core of Detroit was a better proposition then raising children where trick or treating was an impossibility – you had the reverse of Pittsburgh.

If you traded the population of Detroit with the population of Pittsburgh, instantly Pittsburgh is doomed. Instantly. Detroit recovers in a matter of months, with the overwhelmingly white suburban areas realizing that Detroit is safe once again. The city is rebuilt, schools work again, and the government is staffed with adults who care about the long-term consequences of their actions and decisions, instead of the short-term motivated Black politicians.

A paradox exists though: How can the Economist Intelligence Unit rate Pittsburgh the best place to live in America when it lacks racial diversity? When their are few Black people (hence low crime rates)? How can a place that is so hideously white – and for that matter, a large thriving metropolis – work? Does Pittsburgh in 2011 resemble Cleveland in the 1950s? Detroit in the 40s and 50s? Birmingham before BRA took over? Or does it just resemble what America once looked like – even Los Angeles and San Diego – and offer a glimpse at what once was, and what could be again?

Yes, yes it does:

It would be hard for any metropolitan area to be whiter than Pittsburgh.

It’s so hard, in fact, that of the 100 largest metro areas in the United States, only one has a smaller share of blacks, Hispanics and Asians — the Scranton-Wilkes Barre region of northeastern Pennsylvania.

A new Brookings Institution report released last week, examining 2010 census data on how Americans identified race and ethnicity, found that southwestern Pennsylvania is whiter even than the Amish country around Lancaster, the Mormon population center of Salt Lake City, Midwest agrarian capitals such as Des Moines, Iowa, and far more isolated places like Boise, Idaho.

It is not stunningly new data for this former melting pot — findings from the 2000 census were much the same — but what might be eye-opening is that the pace of change toward greater diversity is even slower here than for all those places above, as well as the rest of America.

The report called “The New Metro Minority Map,” by demographer William Frey, found that the 87 percent white population of greater Pittsburgh — Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties — is exceeded only by Scranton’s 89 percent. The report noted 8 percent of metro Pittsburgh’s population identified themselves as black, 2 percent as Asian and 1 percent as Hispanic.

It’s fitting to remember that the illegal immigration of the United States – which will end – is being fueled by the desire of white people to abandon Black Undertow cities for new suburbs, built by cheap labor from Mexico. Or from white people escaping California, where the crushing burden of paying for large Mexican families makes raising their own families impossible, and moving to Idaho, Arizona, Montana, or Texas.

But there stands Pittsburgh, one of the top cities in the world. Though it lost its steel industry, the cities inhabitants adapted, innovated and thrived. It didn’t descend into violence and become the punch line for comedians the world over (somewhere in China, a comedian just told a joke about Black Detroit), it turned into a city that is attracting top talent and expats from failed cities and states in America.

A tale of two cities, Pittsburgh and Detroit. One offers a glimpse of Life After Black People, a once mighty city ravaged by a weapon more destructive then an atom bomb (the mandated and enforced notion of egalitarianism). The other, is but an aberration, a city in 2011 America that resembles what all of America looked like before the Civil Rights Revolution enshrined BRA as the law of the land.

Detroit: Life After Black People

It’s never been about what, as in the case of Detroit vs. Norway. It’s about who, as in the case of Pittsburgh vs. Detroit.

Where would you rather live? In a city where taking your kids trick or treating mean possibly running into spooks who will shoot you for a Starburst or Reese’s Cup, or where you can take your kids trick or treating and see white families dressed as spooky characters engaging in Steel town fun?

Detroit vs. Pittsburgh: The Difference between ‘Most Miserable’ and ‘Most Livable’ is Skin-Deep. It’s simply one city being nearly all-Black, and the other being nearly all-white.

To borrow a line from Flashdance, what a feeling stating a truth that so few dare state.

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