Well… It would just so happen that I too am a Detroit native, and I checked my facts with an urban sociologist and researcher of labor markets and social networks, one who happens to work at Wayne State University. I also have listened to several podcasts by Charlie LeDuff, and read a number of articles from a variety of sources to confirm the reality of many people living in the city. This is all in addition to my personal encounters in the city that apparently we both call home?
I am quite surprised that you are not aware of the large swathes of the city that are in fact not receiving any services, let alone high-speed internet. Detroit is well-known to be one of Americas most decayed cities. I am surprised that you dismiss that reality so readily… or perhaps you are from a privileged area, such as Grosse Pointe? I really don’t understand how you say this, because, to me, it is common knowledge that Detroit is a hotbed of corruption and that many neighborhoods are essentially service deserts.
Furthermore, are you aware of the number of locally produced articles regarding the shadow economy in Detroit? Here is just one as an example: