Way back when Johnson was President, he and then Mayor Cavanagh of Detroit decided that they were going to work together to make Detroit the poster child of “progressive policies”. Since then, they have spent billions on Detroit.
And they did (make it a poster child, this is).
For more details on the Progressive Agenda for Detroit see here:
From Wikipedia (Wikipedia is known to have a liberal bias that infects it. While biased, it can be a worthwhile resource if said bias is kept in mind.):
Detroit was regarded by many in the United States as a leader in liberal race relations during the early 1960s. The election of Mayor Jerome Cavanagh in 1961 brought reform to the police department led by new Detroit Police Commissioner George Edwards. Organized labor led by UAW President Walter Reuther planned major redevelopment for inner city slums. The New York Times editorialized Detroit had “more going for it than any other major city in the North.”
Detroit had a large and prosperous black middle class; higher-than-normal wages for unskilled black workers due to the auto industry; two black congressmen, half the total black representation in Congress; three black judges; two blacks served on the Board of Education; forty percent of the Housing Commission were African-American and twelve blacks were representing Detroit in the Michigan legislature. Nicholas Hood, the sole black member of the nine-member Detroit Common Council praised the Cavanagh administration for its willingness to listen to concerns of the inner city. Several weeks prior to the riot, Mayor Cavanagh proudly stated that one did not “need to throw a brick to communicate with City Hall”. Moreover, Detroit had acquired millions in federal funds through President Johnson’s Great Society programs and poured them almost exclusively into the inner city. The Washington Post claimed Detroit’s inner city schools were undergoing “the country’s leading and most forceful reforms in education”. Housing conditions were not viewed as worse than other Northern cities. In 1965, the American Institute of Architects gave Detroit an award for urban redevelopment. The city had mature black neighborhoods like Conant Gardens as Detroit had always absorbed new arrivals in areas founded around ethnicity. As Paul Wrobel states in Our Way: Family, Parish, and Neighborhood in a Polish-American Community ethnic communities in Detroit like Poletown, Chaldeantown, Corktown, Mexicantown, and Greektown are ubiquitous in Detroit. African-Americans were no different and according to an aide to President Johnson, in May 1967, the federal administration ranked housing for blacks above that of Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago and Cleveland. Finally, the Department of Justice’s Office of Law Enforcement Assistance designated Detroit as the “model for police-community relations”. Fortune, Newsweek, Christian Science Monitor, Look, Harper’s, U.S. News and World Report, and The Wall Street Journal all published positive articles on the city; Mayor Jerome Cavanagh was so highly regarded nationally, he headed the Conference of Mayors and National League of Cities after earning 69% of the votes in his 1965 reelection campaign. Although Cavanagh alienated many when he ran a failed attempt to earn the Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate in 1966, the city was proud of diverting a possible riot situation on Kercheval Street in 1966 and felt police were capable of defusing potential riot situations.
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