It took General Motors a government-regulated bankruptcy to fix itself in 2009. And now Detroit, the city GM calls home, is so financially ass-backwards that the State of Michigan is expected to appoint an emergency financial manager, and the Detroit City Council are kicking and screaming like the grey haired babies they are. Because they are about to lose a lot of power, while being completely in denial about how much they suck.
It might be politically messy, but Detroit’s still a cool city. Underrated, in fact. And GM CEO Dan Akerson isn’t scared of living in the city limits, but wishes more of his company’s recruits would feel the same. In an interview with The Detroit News, Akerson pointed out that just about everyone GM wants to bring in would rather live in the suburbs such as Birmingham, or Royal Oak — which offer plenty of things to do just like Downtown, but without the surrounding ghettos.
“That’s not the game we’re trying to play,” Akerson said, voicing that GM wants to be part of Detroit’s turnaround. It wants its employees to move back into the city.
“We are trying to be constructive, we’re trying to be helpful,” he said. It’s just too bad the city’s head-shaking-taxing methods make it expensive for professionals to live there… another reason why a political takeover of Detroit seems so inviting.
Akerson recalled an account that city employees can “retire at 52 with 70 percent (of their income) and be guaranteed an increase every year for the rest of their lives. That is not a recipe for success and I think most people know that.”
“We all closed plants and, look at us, we’re healthier. But we had to come to the brink,” Akerson noted. That seems to be what’s happening to the old city.