Should the Metro-Detroit area reduce the use of salt ?
Road salts known under various chemical compounds sodium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium chloride,
magnesium chloride, and ferrocyanide salts) are toxic.In the USA deicing salt is considered a pollutant via National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). Chloride concentrations (salinity) in lakes across the USA have steadily increased over the past 50 years, compared a near zero concentration in the 1950s, when road salt application began upon the nations roadways.
Nearly 5 Million people live around Metro-Detroit, Michigan and another 5 Million people live around Windsor, Ontario. 10 MILLION people concentrated near Fresh Water Lakes; just in our little section of the geography…pass the salt ?
What a festive night as throngs gathered at Campus Martius in the reviving heart of Downtown Detroit for the lighting of the city Christmas tree and the official opening of the skating rink.
It felt like it too, biting cold with snow on the ground but with plenty of warm spaces to duck into - the giant food tent on Cadillac Square, Compuware and First National building [where the Somerset popup setup is underway]. Was anybody else there?
Seeing a photo of this model was one of those rare times when I double take a Lego build to make sure that it isn't actually just a picture of the real thing. Jim Garrett has built a massive 8 foot model of the Guardian Building in Detroit and it is truly impressive.
The model will be on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan from November 24th until sometime in early January if you want to go take a look at this 190 lb mammoth for yourself.
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website.
In late October, a few days after local news cameras swarmed Detroit's courthouse to hear closing arguments in the city's historic bankruptcy trial, "Commander" Dale Brown cruised through the stately Detroit neighborhood of Palmer Woods in a Hummer emblazoned with the silver, interlocking-crescent-moon logo of his private security company.
Having paid Detroit rates for many years, I agree this is one of the biggest impediments to Detroit. And the side-effect is that many Detroit resfaiidents do not report themselves as such, to avoid these rates. Thus, this also artificially depressed Detroit Income Tax collections.
Good luck, Mayor Duggan.
This is a hard battle. Detroit rates are unfair because they single out Detroit residents and not Detroit drivers for the actual costs of Detroit insurance claim payments. The insurance companies would probably be quite happy to avoid Detroit residents. The real risk for them is that this idea could catch on. That's an existential threat to the insurance companies. Imagine if Chicago, or an entire state decides that insurance can be socialized and run by the government.
This initiative might get the insurance companies to understand that their rates should not rely so heavily on garaged residence, but on broader habits. Also, I hope the advocates for unlimited medical understand the unintended consequence. High rates in Michigan in general have helped hurt Detroit residents in their efforts to join the middle class and have contributed to wealth inequality by effectively penalizing Detroit residents.
Wait... they're going to have BRT and light rail? I missed this announcement. Wow. This is an incredibly bad and redundant move. This will be amazing for the people that panic about walking the block from Woodward...
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