The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Detroit homeless:
Out of sight, out of mind

Jan 30, 2006

The city of Detroit, home of this year’s Super Bowl, announced it is throwing a Super Bowl “party” for homeless people, complete with a big screen TV, food, pop.

No – tell it like it really is. This is no help to the homeless – it’s only a way to keep them from panhandling near the stadium or the downtown hotels.

The same city administration along with the state government spent vast sums of money to throw a two-week bash for the wealthy. They built a bridge on the freeway leading into town from the airport incorporating football shapes into its design. They built a skating rink in front of the new tax-subsidized Compuware headquarters to be used as part of a winter festival before the game. They’ve built luxury condos and painted all the local freeway overpasses.

Use a fraction of the money they spent sprucing up the city to really solve the problem of homelessness! Build enough reasonably priced housing so no working person goes without a home. Give the social services needed so no one retired, disabled, or taking care of children is without shelter.

Not a chance! The politicians just want their photos in the media with the Super Bowl guests.