The fires were in three Detroit neighborhoods. In Rush's northwest side neighborhood has brick homes and the properties are kept up, if you go several miles east to Robinwood there you will find the heaviest damage to vacant houses.
In a city with it's troubles. A third of working age adults are jobless. Foreclosure rates are high and so is crime. The city has wrestled for years with blighted neighborhoods filled with abandoned and ramshackle houses and trash-filled vacant, lots with overgrown weeds. In a city where it has already been effected by the take over the auto industry which led to a high crime rate, deep budget cuts and high foreclosures is this what is to be left of Detroit? In doing budget cuts in cities and states, do we need to cut the essential services that the people in those areas need?