I drove through the worst parts of Detroit, Michigan. This is what I saw.

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  • Published on Aug 15, 2019
  • Wow! Detroit has some really crazy areas! We begin our journey in Detroit on M102. No, that’s not a radio station. That’s 8 mile road.
    We drove down 8 mile road on our way into Detroit. 8 mile road is north of Detroit, about 8 miles north of downtown.
    Along the way, we saw many shuttered businesses, and other downtrodden sights.
    Of course, 8 mile was made famous by the movie 8 mile, starring Eminem.
    8 Mile Road has also always been the physical and cultural dividing line between the wealthier, predominantly white northern suburbs of Detroit and the poorer, predominantly black city.
    You can see on this map exactly what I’m referring to. As we drive, heading west, on our left is the black population, where people earn about $30k a year, and on our right is the white population where people earn about $75k a year
    Then, we left 8 mile road and hopped onto 75 South to head into Detroit proper..
    We got off the 75 South at Grand Avenue and headed west. We read online that an area near Rosa Parks Blvd was particularly bad, so we went there first. As it turned out, this wasn’t even the worst area we would see.
    At this point, we were 4 miles from downtown. For perspective you can see on this map where we were. The homes here were in pretty bad shape, but like what we had seen in Flint about two hours earlier, in many of these downtrodded neighborhoods, people were not outside. The streets were just eerily empty.
    Did you know Detroit has lost ⅔ of its population?
    I’ve been to east Cleveland once. That was really bad.
    But in East Cleveland, at least they had houses, not just open spaces.
    Detroit has lost 1.2 million people in the last 70 years. Of course, that’s because of the auto industry decline, mostly. That’s pretty common knowledge.
    In the neighborhood we were in, rent was about $450 a month for the entire house. You can see why.
    Now, we’re going to let this go for a minute or two and then take you to the worst area we saw that morning.
    So we left that neighborhood and took Linwood, one of the really bad thoroughfares in Detroit. We wanted to go to the Northwest Goldberg neighborhood, which we read was one of the worst in the city.
    Of course, Detroit has issues with crime and poverty. One in three people in Detroit lives in poverty. In 1950, 82% of Detroit was white. Now, it’s 82% black. And, of the top 12 employers in Detroit, all but 2 are government jobs. Meaning there’s not a lot of private enterprise here.
    Of course, people talk of a Detroit resurgence. While the downtown area itself is improving and adding jobs, the outlying areas like this haven’t even been touched. And apparently, there are businesses who want to grow in Detroit, but they can’t find people who are either motivated or skilled to take those jobs. So the city is actively trying to recruit skilled people to the city, offering tax breaks and cheap housing.
    But progress is progress, and there’s an air of hope and optimism among some Detroit folks. Mostly in areas not close to this.
    For perspective here’s a map that shows where we are from downtown. We’re even closer to downtown and it’s really abandoned as we’ll see.
    Now this neighborhood wasn’t really dangerous - at least we didn’t see any people lingering and never felt threatened. So whoever actually lives in this neighborhood was either hiding inside, sleeping or not home. Sometimes, you’d see a guy on a bike or a few people on their porch, but that was it.
    But it was really interesting to see block after block where you would see large areas where homes were razed, and the city was essentially turning parts of the city back to nature. It’s an...urban prairie. The homes left are mostly gutted or have some sort of fire damage. Some of the alleys looked like hiking trails.
    But it isn't scary. That’s because it’s early in the day, we can see, and we’re driving in a car that looks like an undercover cop car. So people are giving us a wide berth.
    Now, we’re going to let this video just roll. We have about 15 minutes more of just footage, where we looked at different areas of Detroit - all on the city’s northwest end. For the most part, these areas were run down, but occasionally, as you’ll see there are small areas that aren’t too bad.
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  • Aye_EC
    Aye_EC 4 months ago +572

    Let’s be real, Detroit looks the way it does because the “GOVERNMENT” closed down MAJORITY of the factory jobs during the 70’s & 80’s and replaced them with (DRUGS). Now if you ride through areas like Sterling Heights, Livonia, etc you’ll see all of the subsidiary factories for those same big 3 factories that were laying off turned around and opened up in those cities. Which increased the property values...hence WHITE FLIGHT and suburban Detroit (remember at one point of time DETROIT WAS 90% white)! Coleman Young didn’t make it any better (only for the dealers 💉 [he’s partially responsible]). So as a native Detroiter PLEASE stop slandering our city and neighborhoods like it’s SOLELY our fault. The riots we’re triggered by the police that attacked a young black man. Also the “GOVERNMENT” built the FIRST freeway (like in Atlanta) straight through the heart of the black community (Black Bottom) #Research. Tearing up neighborhoods and businesses. Know the history of My City before making us out to be some run down black city. This is the product of taking away jobs, bringing drugs into the community, gentrification, and corrupt politicians. -From Detroit #LetsArgue

    • Junior Junior
      Junior Junior 4 hours ago

      "TRUTH SPEAKS LOUD AND CLEAR"

    • Kailtyn Holly
      Kailtyn Holly Day ago

      @Nick Johnson hold on boy look here i don't know who you think you is but!You better get it straight!I don't know if you think you can just come and be like Oh I'm going to reply that Detroit is trash but i have to catch myself cause then I'm going to get cussed out!Well look all those parts of Detroit I seen so ya they look a mess but the family there. The friends that are there. They are all so close!Understand that people and say anything but they don't understand why Detroit is like that!Before you ever try to talk about places where family and friends live.. You need to understand

    • Ax Ks
      Ax Ks Day ago

      White Flight? Dude, if the environments hostile then you can't resent people for leaving it.

    • Amelia Henton
      Amelia Henton 4 days ago

      It was two mares that bought d when I lived in Detr Detroit down one is dead the one doing time in jail a

    • Elizabeth Anthony
      Elizabeth Anthony 6 days ago

      Coleman Young destroyed Detroit. Just like every other democratic politician ruins their district. Now it’s San Francisco. Different day different city.

  • Dave Wilkirson
    Dave Wilkirson 4 hours ago +1

    I live in a nice area of Dallas (Plano). I worked all over Detroit in the years past and all over America. Cellular site acquisition for Verizon, ATT, and others. Yes some areas are bad. In the 1980's I would hear gunfire often. Worked in Flint too and Lansing and Troy several cities in Michigan. The state is beautiful. My only issue was working at night in those areas. I was never threatened but you do need to keep an eye out.

  • NyYankees1985
    NyYankees1985 5 hours ago +1

    Detroit is a total shithole

  • patrick3870
    patrick3870 13 hours ago +1

    Some developer should buy up the whole of the empty buildings & gentrified the whole area. Actually some pretty nice houses & seems quite

  • Alvarez Ricardo
    Alvarez Ricardo 20 hours ago +1

    I was expecting something worst, come to Reynosa and youll see way worse neighborhoods

  • Peggy Micsky
    Peggy Micsky Day ago

    You named the problem - Govt! And Liberals!

  • johnhunyadi
    johnhunyadi Day ago

    Why you all bash the Democrats, it's the Republicans that made this mess, by wanting to outsource jobs overseas, you can bitch about the Dems all you want, the Dems control the river, the Republicans diverted the source of the river. So it isn't the Dems fault you have no one to point at but yourselves.

  • J3Z Productions
    J3Z Productions 2 days ago +1

    In this vid you passed RiverRouge!

  • justanotherwhitegirl a
    justanotherwhitegirl a 2 days ago +3

    Every homeless person in America could fit in Detroit.

  • Giuliano
    Giuliano 2 days ago +1

    There’s a lot of free land in Detroit

    • Aria Ferreira
      Aria Ferreira Day ago +1

      Reminds me of Fresno, Ca. Blight & more blight.

  • Lynda White
    Lynda White 2 days ago +1

    Who’s run Detroit since the end of WWII ????? Oh yeah democrats.

  • Ms. Rawkii Joy
    Ms. Rawkii Joy 3 days ago

    They pushed all the upstanding back folks out who were motivated to work; and who worked at the car manufacturing companies. All of Detroiters and Ohioans moves out west.

  • Richard Chodorowski
    Richard Chodorowski 3 days ago +1

    Detroit finished second to Tokyo Japan in hosting the 1964 Summer Olympics.. WTF! What happened??? Tyrone? Tyrell? Shanaynay? Anybody?

  • SHARON HUNTER
    SHARON HUNTER 3 days ago

    So sad. Too many good memories. We went to Northland on weekends. They had everything especially J.I HUDSON'S/ MACY.

  • bush tukka
    bush tukka 4 days ago

    looks beautiful area.... is the point ment to be this run down? really wtf?

  • Arnarog Hael
    Arnarog Hael 4 days ago

    In which year/decade the decline of Detroit started and white flight?

  • Stefano Fabian
    Stefano Fabian 4 days ago

    Where is Robocop ?

  • Lynne Williams
    Lynne Williams 4 days ago +1

    it is better to have open spaces than derelict homes, they should be taken down

  • Amelia Henton
    Amelia Henton 4 days ago +1

    There are white poor people in Detroit living with poor black people in Detroit I know I lived there at o e time not so long ago my next door they wrtr white and they still loving out their he post me off

  • Amelia Henton
    Amelia Henton 4 days ago +1

    I loved in Detroit and at o e home it was a mix of different race of people

  • Renee Williams
    Renee Williams 5 days ago +1

    You didn't go to the worst parts of Detroit. You went to abandoned areas. Don't play us like that.

  • David Robinson
    David Robinson 6 days ago +2

    Imagine landing on earth from another planet and seeing this as the richest country on earth!

  • josh smith
    josh smith 6 days ago +1

    That's the nice part wtf is this grand blvd

  • shauniedee
    shauniedee 7 days ago

    This video is kind of offensive

  • La Rock industries
    La Rock industries 7 days ago +1

    Man you was all in my area......as depressing as it is.....you actually made it look better....🤔😂 Hit me up if you ever want an in depth tour!!!!!!

  • robin hart
    robin hart 7 days ago +1

    Who is that music by? Good video of America we don't see.

  • berner
    berner 7 days ago +1

    Man you think Eminem would fix his fucking road.

  • Alelae Duplasey
    Alelae Duplasey 7 days ago +1

    Detroit looks like that because lib. Democraps have run that city into the ground for yesrs. Govt. Dole doesn't cut it. Must work to get ahead. Never will any one achieve the American dream of owning property, and achieving wealth relying on the govt. Dole. Welfare brings people down down down. Into depressing non stop p o v e r t y. It's a choice. You have to make it. Individuals make their own decisions and are responsible for their own decisions.

  • bsirvine
    bsirvine 7 days ago +1

    The homes we loved; we now lament.....

  • misterbacon
    misterbacon 7 days ago +1

    Wow what a beautiful nature Detroit has. You can go there for camping during your holiday. Amazing, Nature is taking back what has stolen from it.

  • Kailtyn Holly
    Kailtyn Holly 7 days ago +2

    This just made me so mad! I live in Detroit and never have i ever heard such a stupid thing!! First, i dont care if people say Detroit is a bad area!! You can not just be like "Oh I'm going to go say some stupid stuff about Detroit today"!!

  • Christopher Frye
    Christopher Frye 8 days ago +1

    You are really throwing Detroit\My City under the bus but that's okay & its alright to speak facts but your being sarcastic on your part. but unless you lived there you don't know much sir
    for real the city is already at struggle let them became great again!

  • Christine Syntax
    Christine Syntax 9 days ago

    In some parts of the world, these neighborhoods would be considered paradise.

    • Christine Syntax
      Christine Syntax 8 days ago

      India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Mauritania, Chad, Sudan, Syria, many areas of Romania and Eastern Europe, slums of Venezuela, Mexico and Brazil, Haiti, and Cuba just to name a few.

    • Nick Johnson
      Nick Johnson  8 days ago

      Like where? In the Caribbean?

  • Gary Rosie
    Gary Rosie 9 days ago

    I'm from Toledo.Looks the same but I would like to see what the streets used to look like about twenty years ago.

  • Tom Tucker
    Tom Tucker 9 days ago +4

    I was wanting to see some heavy caliber rounds hitting their vehicle.

  • Polis Dimitriadis
    Polis Dimitriadis 9 days ago

    Almost a ghost town

  • superlyger
    superlyger 9 days ago +1

    I used to operate a business in Detroit. I was harassed, robbed and attacked because of my race. I moved the business out. Now I am doing quite well in the suburbs.

    • Anthony Genzale
      Anthony Genzale 3 days ago +1

      @superlyger blacks did that to you? i mean i know they did

    • superlyger
      superlyger 8 days ago +1

      I’m Indo-Asian. Now I’m in Royal Oak. Everyone treats me kindly. No one is calling me an A-rab, trying to jump me before I open my store. Or trying to smash my car.

    • Nick Johnson
      Nick Johnson  8 days ago

      Which suburb and which race are you?

  • Ty Ombres
    Ty Ombres 10 days ago +3

    Where is everybody? Why is no one walking the streets?

  • Dana Joan
    Dana Joan 10 days ago +1

    Doesnt look bad at all just boring lol

  • SAVED VIDEOS
    SAVED VIDEOS 10 days ago +1

    I think Mappy is very hot! I'd love to make wild, sweaty, passionate love to that four-cornered, handsome map of corn-holed goodness!

  • FREEDOMorDEATH1776
    FREEDOMorDEATH1776 10 days ago +1

    Just because of the auto industry.... So nothing about taxation, regulation and government oversight...

  • jaddy540
    jaddy540 10 days ago +1

    Not a veggie garden in site. Too bad you have to get off your azz to plant one.

  • dee106ful
    dee106ful 11 days ago

    Nothing wrongwith those areas .....few homes on each street nice open spaces...hell you have no idea what slums are.

  • Randy Scott
    Randy Scott 11 days ago

    No thanks ! Why do you think whites fled to begin with ? The people of Detroit ran the car manufacturers off the factories were drenched in drugs plus the Union’s refusal to compromise the auto industry got tired of the bullshit .

  • Ray Milligan
    Ray Milligan 11 days ago +4

    80% of the people in Detroit are on some sort of Public Aid , when you pay people to do nothing, this is the results !

  • Blue Tang
    Blue Tang 11 days ago

    As I watched I imagined what it must have looked like 70 years ago. Not only would there be tidy houses on every lot, but there would have been children playing everywhere. The families that built and lived in Detroit had no idea they would have to upend their lives and flee the city in the coming decades. Clearly, populations aren't interchangeable.

  • Rick and Rodney Travel Channel

    I know this sounds wierd, but they should turn all that into pasture land. Farm animals might not be super "progressive" but they are a lot better than the shit they have there now.

  • Bro Fessor
    Bro Fessor 11 days ago

    Oh look at this mappy, a tweaker smoking the glass dick !

  • lisa beckenstrater
    lisa beckenstrater 11 days ago +2

    You've never seen bad if you think this is the worst

  • Famous Pirate
    Famous Pirate 12 days ago +1

    THIS TRUTH WILL HURT.....BLACK FOLKS DESTROYED THIS CITY..THEY ARE THE ONES WHO GUTTED THOSE HOUSE FOR RECYCLING!! NOTICE HOW MOST WINDOWS ARE NOT BROKEN BUT HAVE BEEN CUT OUT BY A SAWZALL..COPPER WIRE AND PLUMBING REMOVED FOR DOPE MONEY!!!!! STOP LYING TO YO SELVES BLK DETROITERS. LOOK IN THE MIRROR..IT WAS YOU 👆👆👆👆👆👆👆👆👆

  • dbltrplx
    dbltrplx 12 days ago

    Do it at night, that’s when the goblins and spooks come out.
    Trust me, you won’t want to be there ,

  • Illya K
    Illya K 12 days ago

    Detroit looks like a paradise if you compare it with gary Indiana .. which I think has to be the most horrible town in the USA

  • Power Wagon
    Power Wagon 12 days ago

    Looks boring! No vitality. Snoozevile.

  • Scott Boczkowski
    Scott Boczkowski 12 days ago

    Check the Eastside out that's the worst. Tacoma street is the worst

  • Scott Banninga
    Scott Banninga 12 days ago

    this is better than Flint.

  • Eric W
    Eric W 12 days ago

    Detroit is mostly a wasteland .You showed nothing near the worst areas. By the way as your toured why not name off the streets?

  • Nurse Blacke
    Nurse Blacke 12 days ago

    I used to donate to Flint because of the water crisis, but since the ppl have shown they’re nothing but a bunch of Trumpsters, let the Republicans take care of the red states. I now include these folks with Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and the rest

  • Mister S.
    Mister S. 13 days ago +9

    I'm from Russia, and Detroit looks like home to me. Poor and abandoned.

    • Mister S.
      Mister S. 12 days ago +3

      Nick Johnson pretty much anywhere apart from Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Even other big cities look like trash.

    • Nick Johnson
      Nick Johnson  12 days ago +1

      What part of Russia?

  • Ramiro Hernandez
    Ramiro Hernandez 13 days ago

    A shithole

  • Vean Whitcher
    Vean Whitcher 13 days ago

    Beautiful old homes,so sad.