Everyone is affected by Detroit’s bankruptcy, but the Associated Press examined its specific effects on the youngest citizens: children and teens. The wire services reports:
(Detroit) is a city in the throes of the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, where life places special stresses on young people. Many say Detroit is finally on the rise after hitting bottom. Yet teachers and parents worry about the toll of growing up amid danger, dysfunction, and the blight epitomized by tens of thousands of abandoned homes.
“This is what we’re ingraining into kids’ psyches — this emptiness, the lack of safety,” said Tonya Allen, chief executive officer of the Skillman Foundation, which backs many child-oriented initiatives. “They’re going into school with a level of fear that something bad is going to happen.”
Gang violence. Infant mortality. Lack of public parks. Limited public bus services that many teens rely on. Here’s another piece about specific challenges for the younger population of the city…and some of the possible remedies.