Detroit, for all intents and purposes, used to be one of the most thriving cities in the United States. Following the end of World War Two, the auto industry in Detroit was one of the most promising the world. In 1950, Detroit was home to roughly 1.85 million people and employed 296,000 manufacturing jobs . It was the fourth largest city in the country and seemed to have an infallible economy that was propelled by the Big Three auto companies:Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.
Ultimately, however, the auto-industry proved to be the false-promise and the downfall of Detroit. The reliance on a single industry to power the city’s economy simply could not adjust to the globalization of the auto industry. Foreign competitive automobile companies caused profits to plummet. While other cities experienced their own ups and downs, they had diverse
economies that could adjust to foreign competition; they did not put all of their economic eggs in one basket. The downfall of the Detroit economy sent a rippling effect to the city’s public services, and one of the hardest hit was the Detroit Police Department.