911 is a joke in Detriot

“Hit me
Going, going, gone
Now I dialed 911 a long time ago
Don’t you see how late they’re reactin’
They only come and they come when they wanna”

“911 is a Joke” Public Enemy

Detroit likely qualifies as a Wretched Hive. Not only are violence and poverty extremely prevalent (for example, a dead man was once found frozen in several feet of ice in an abandoned basement), the city has also been noted as being in a state of mass exodus, with its citizens fleeing to greener pastures. It doesn’t help that, like many hives in Cyber Punk, Detroit is also dominated by a few of the biggest and most industrial corporations in America. “–
TvTropes on Detriot.

DETROIT — A question unimaginable in most major American cities is utterly commonplace in this one: If you suddenly found yourself gravely ill, injured or even shot, would you call 911?

Many people here say the answer is no. Some laugh at the odds of an ambulance appearing promptly, if ever. In Detroit, people map out alternative plans instead, enlisting a relative or a friend.

Financial Crisis Just a Symptom of Detroit’s Woes, NYT.com

Reason quotes the New York Times about the former Motor City.

I’ll leave this here. Liberals who wrote the TVTropes entry might blame the “big Three” automakers, but even they are leaving Detroit. What we have here is the “Blue Model” in it’s final form.

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