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Despite the valiant efforts of its burgeoning startup community, Detroit just became the largest city to ever file for bankruptcy in the U.S.
Fast Company contributor Matt Haber asked earlier this year whether creative companies would be able to rescue Detroit. We must wonder how this setback will effect the hardworking citizens of Detroit who are trying to rebuild Detroit by hand. 

Detroit: The rest of the story

Between 2000 and 2010, the population plummeted 25%. It will soon drop below 700,000 for the first time in nearly a century. 
Detroit has more than 100,000 vacant lots in its 139 square miles. A fourth of the housing units—45,000—are abandoned. 
Unemployment is 18%—more than twice the national rate. Including people no longer looking for work, the rate soars to more than 50%. 
Household income is $27,862, barely half the national level. Nearly a third live in poverty, more than double the national rate. 
In 2011, Detroit ranked first in murder rate, first in violent-crime rate, and fifth in property-crime rate. 
The police force is down by more than half from 12 years ago. The fire department was cut by a third in the past decade. 
Here is some of our other coverage of Detroit:
Detroiters on how to make it in Detroit
Meet the makers: Rebuilding Detroit by hand

Despite the valiant efforts of its burgeoning startup community, Detroit just became the largest city to ever file for bankruptcy in the U.S.

Fast Company contributor Matt Haber asked earlier this year whether creative companies would be able to rescue Detroit. We must wonder how this setback will effect the hardworking citizens of Detroit who are trying to rebuild Detroit by hand

Detroit: The rest of the story

  • Between 2000 and 2010, the population plummeted 25%. It will soon drop below 700,000 for the first time in nearly a century. 
  • Detroit has more than 100,000 vacant lots in its 139 square miles. A fourth of the housing units—45,000—are abandoned. 
  • Unemployment is 18%—more than twice the national rate. Including people no longer looking for work, the rate soars to more than 50%. 
  • Household income is $27,862, barely half the national level. Nearly a third live in poverty, more than double the national rate. 
  • In 2011, Detroit ranked first in murder rate, first in violent-crime rate, and fifth in property-crime rate. 
  • The police force is down by more than half from 12 years ago. The fire department was cut by a third in the past decade. 

Here is some of our other coverage of Detroit:

How Rejection Can Inspire Great Movements: The Story of Makers

Dyllan McGee wanted to make a documentary about Gloria Steinem. Steinem said no. That rejection launched Makers, a comprehensive video project documenting the entire women’s movement.

 

McGee wanted to make a film about the life of 1960s radical journalist and feminist icon Gloria Steinem. “Gloria very quickly said you can’t tell the story of the women’s movement through one person—which I took as a ‘no’,” McGee, founder and executive producer of MAKERS, told Fast Company, “So we went back to the drawing board.”

Read the full story here.