Detroit: Dead Flight
Enzyte Bob

United States

#1 Jul 26, 2013
The new flight to the suburbs

by Tyler Cowen on August 14, 2008 at 5:07 am in Current Affairs | Permalink

But this time itís the dead people:

Detroit has lost half its population since its heyday of the 1950s, and every year the city hemorrhages an estimated 5,000 people more. First it was white flight to the suburbs; then with the cityís continued spiral into poverty and violence, blacks began to flee to those same suburbs. And while census figures show that whites are returning to some of the nationís largest cities, Detroit is experiencing a flight of a different kind. As the Imbrunonesí second funeral demonstrates, Detroit is experiencing the flight of the dead.

ÖFrom 2002 through 2007, the remains of about 1,000 people have been disinterred and moved out of the city, according to permits stored in metal filing cabinets in the cityís department of health. Looked at in another way, for about every 30 living human beings who leave Detroit, one dead human being follows. Moreover, anecdotal evidence compiled by a Detroit professor suggests the figure may be twice as high, meaning city records may be incomplete and that thousands upon thousands of deceased people have been relocated from the city over the past 20 years.

Here is the story, interesting throughout. In one example the relocation cost about $5,000. I thank Hugo Lindgren for the pointer.

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Enzyte Bob

United States

#2 Jul 26, 2013
At precisely 8:57 a.m., under an overcast sky, Francesco and Francesca Imbrunone were re-laid to rest. A man in a dark suit stood over their remains proclaiming that they "await the resurrection." If that promise holds true, then it would be, in a way, the Imbrunones' second resurrection. As it happens, the couple was buried nearly 50 years ago in Detroit's Mount Olivet Cemetery on the city's east side. Then their grandchildren decided to disinter them, move them to the leafier suburbs and bury them again this particular morning.

By now the statistics are as well known in London as they are in Livonia. Detroit has lost half its population since its heyday of the 1950s, and every year the city hemorrhages an estimated 5,000 people more. First it was white flight to the suburbs...now Detroit is experiencing a flight of a different kind. As the Imbrunones' second funeral demonstrates, Detroit is experiencing the flight of the dead

The movement of the dead from the nation's largest black city to its overwhelmingly white suburbs is a small, though socially symbolic phenomenon, revealing the grinding problems of race, crime and economics that plague both sides of Eight Mile.
From 2002 through 2007, the remains of about 1,000 people have been disinterred and moved out of the city, according to permits stored in metal filing cabinets in the city's department of health. Looked at in another way, for about every 30 living human beings who leave Detroit, one dead human being follows. Moreover, anecdotal evidence compiled by a Detroit professor suggests the figure may be twice as high, meaning city records may be incomplete and that thousands upon thousands of deceased people have been relocated from the city over the past 20 years.

Love. That was one part of the decision. There is another.
"To tell you the truth, yes, it's fear," Palazzolo said. "Have you been to Detroit? I pray the car doesn't break down. I cringe when I drive down Gratiot. I'm worried for my life. There's a lot of bad people in Detroit.
What A Waste

Reynoldsburg, OH

#3 Jul 26, 2013
Cemeteries nationwide need to be dug up, remains cremated and ashes scattered, vaults and caskets recycled and headstones crushed for road base. The funeral industry needs to be demolished.
Enzyte Bob

United States

#4 Jul 26, 2013
What A Waste wrote:
Cemeteries nationwide need to be dug up, remains cremated and ashes scattered, vaults and caskets recycled and headstones crushed for road base. The funeral industry needs to be demolished.
Catholics honor their dead. Their headstones aren't more assets for libs to confiscate.
What A Waste

Reynoldsburg, OH

#5 Jul 26, 2013
Enzyte Bob wrote:
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Catholics honor their dead. Their headstones aren't more assets for libs to confiscate.
"Remember man that thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return."

Can't get back to your beginnings filled full of chemicals, hermetically sealed and placed in a cement vault or crypt.
now now

Columbus, OH

#6 Jul 26, 2013
What A Waste wrote:
Cemeteries nationwide need to be dug up, remains cremated and ashes scattered, vaults and caskets recycled and headstones crushed for road base. The funeral industry needs to be demolished.
Excellent points! Personally I'm in favor of spontaneous human combustion where an ideal "ceremony" burns all to the foundation and a three-fer of insurance checks land upon the survivors. This credo of mine did cost me a good job on the Gulf oil rigs back in the late 70's...alas... and made me unfit for the armor battalions...and air wing refueling squadrons.

Since: Dec 11

Middletown, OH

#7 Jul 29, 2013
Yes good points. I find myself gravitating towards supporting the temporary earthly internment set up having buried my son lately. I know, I know, it's not for the deceased or the environment. It's for me......

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