I know - here I go, ragging once again on the place I now call home, however, this time it isn't all me! According to a recent ranking in Men's Health magazine, Detroit is the angriest city in the entire U.S.A.
The ranking, which considers the number of aggravated assaults per capita, the number of people with high blood pressure, the amount of time spent in traffic during rush hour, and the number of anger management specialists per capita - says Detroit wins the coveted title!
Let's look at this analytically...
Detroit - and it's suburbs - were developed by moguls from the automobile industry. The powers that created southern Michigan decided there is to be no public transportation, except for bus systems - that are few and far between. That accounts for the amount of time spent in traffic. Thanks to the influence of Big Auto, there IS no alternative. That was a planned move by the people who made cars. They made highways - lots of them - and the speed limits are high, but there is no rail system to speak of. And the distances are vast. It's freezing for at least one quarter of the year (today it's minus 15 in my neck of the woods) - and there is ice on the road and throughout the suburbs. Even the city isn't situated for walkers. You must drive to stores, to malls, to parks. Everything is an auto excursion. Naturally, people gain weight.
Then the orient begins making cars, unions prevailed here in Detroit, and the auto industry went big fat belly up. People lost their jobs. Combine the weight gain (which I call The Michigan 40) with the anxiety about losing jobs - and you get high blood pressure. No jobs also means the crime rate goes up. Add in the fact that it's OK to own and travel with guns in Michigan, add in the stress of the jobless factor and is it no surprise that we lead in aggravated assaults.
I believe there is a solution. Build a rail system that goes from Detroit to its suburbs. Bring jobs back to Detroit. Give workers new hope. And rebuild the surrounding towns and cities so people can easily access places without using the damn cars! I guess I'm just one of those angry Michiginars!
Southern Michigan is a beautiful place and I'll bet Detroit could be a thriving Metropolis with lots of happy people. All you need is a SUBWAY!