Willard is never anything but sour and petulant . . . even when he smiles. The man is a misanthrope.
As a matter of fact, there was the very competent leadership of Dennis Archer, who was a two-term mayor of the city. Unfortunately, he was not popular with supporters of the former mayor Coleman Young. Young was the product of Detroit's own kingmaker.
As my father -- who is in his late 80s and who had to leave school in the 8th grade in order to support his mother, who was divorced and suffering from the early stages of a multiple sclerosis -- always said the problem with Detroit and with Michigan is that they are one industry economies.
See, you were glad to leave . . . another nail in the coffin of the right wing brag that American conservatives have, at the core of their philosophy, personal responsibility. After graduating from Marygrove College (where I witnessed the neighborhood change from the center of the Irish Catholic political power to Greek and Jewish to Black within four short years), I went to graduate school at WSU for one year, before switching to the night program for my master's degree in English. During that time, I was a welfare case worker in Detroit, then an English and American history teacher in Center Line. When I realized that staying in one room all day was inappropriate for my 24 year old self, I became a journalist. I lived and worked in Detroit, just one of many young professionals, both white and black, who were dedicated to making the city better.
Like most righties, you are a hypocrite.