Aging Infrastructure, Thieves Darken Freeways

Crain’s Detroit Business, February 15, 2013

Hundreds of lights along Southeast Michigan freeways aren’t working because of aging infrastructure, copper thieves and a lack of money for replacements, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

About 20 percent of the roughly 5,500 lights on poles for which the department is responsible along freeways in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair counties are dark, The Detroit News reported today. {snip}

About 1,100 of the lights on poles aren’t working, including those on 200 poles removed because of structural deficiencies, MDOT spokesman Rob Morosi said. {snip}

“We removed the poles to keep the driving public safe,” Morosi said. “We intend to replace those poles, but there’s no timetable because we just don’t have the funds right now.”

Copper thieves also are to blame for some outages, he said.

“It’s not like the copper thieves are running out onto the freeway and stealing copper from the poles to sell at scrap yards,” Morosi said. “Instead, they are attacking the transformer cabinets, many of which are actually located on the service drives.


MDOT has identified the area around I-94 east of I-75 as one of the worst-hit by thieves. Besides causing hazards for motorist, the thefts themselves are potentially dangerous. In October, MDOT said, a man was electrocuted near I-96 while trying to steal copper wire from a transformer.



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  • nobody special

    Like the former Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) Detroit is going back to the bush. Look for an outbreak of cholera when the water/sewer system goes south.

    • professor

      Soon we will be hearing of the “Tokoloshi” (small goblin dwarf) frightening the Detroit residents. In Rhodesia they had to keep their cots and beds on stilts and any tree limbs kept cut back from tapping on the windows or panic would ensue. They turn into baboons you see. We may also hear reports of the Tokoloshi mermaids in lake St. Clair. Believe me they are real ..just seen last year at a dam project in Zimbabwe and reported by the water affairs ministry !

  • HadEnough

    Eenie, meenie, miney, mo… Can anyone tell any difference between allegedly first-world Detroit and third-world South Africa?

    • Barrack Osama

      That would be a great website., pictures of Detroit mixed up into photos of decaying African hellscape. The user would have to puzzle over which is which.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      Wherever Africans go, they bring Africa with them.

      • June

        They bring Hell with them.

  • Puggg

    To certain people engaged in certain professions, this darkness is a feature, not a bug.

    • The__Bobster

      You can’t see them coming to mug you unless they smile.

      • Guest

        “I thought the defendant was wearing sunglasses…it turned out to be his nostrils!”

  • 48224

    White people built Detroit and black folks are doing their best to take it back to the stone-age. So far, id, say the black folks are doing a pretty good job of it.
    There are several white buisiness tycoons and a legion of white hippie-do-gooders trying to bring the city back but the tidal-wave of crackheads is winning….I am sorry to say.

    • MikeS

      Nothing will change anywhere or at anytime until the White Man’s collective anger reaches critical mass at which point even the willfully blind will have no trouble seeing and recognizing it, but by then it will be too late as there will be no debating, no bargining and no compromising as to the course of action that will be taken.

  • Katherine McChesney

    Blacks are the children of the dark, depressed and destructive. Why do people keep believing we can help them become achievers? They don’t have the intelligence, desire or talent to raise themselves up to the level of all other races. If we would just ignore them, perhaps they would eventually show some improvement or desire to be productive.

    • StillModerated

      Why do people keep believing we can help them become achievers?

      A very good question indeed. But realistic people gave up believing. Most have simply decided just to go along to get along. I have friends who live outside Detroit who look the other way. They know instinctively to avoid the place and their lives revolve around the suburbs. Only silly people, and folks suffering from Tossers’ Elbow believe that if you wish for something hard enough, and squint your eyes really tightly then it will become reality.

      • Observer
        • Un-Indoctrinated

          If this guy didn’t want to lose his job, he should not have slapped a baby, black or not. By acting like a savage Bantu, he feels the full consequences and he should. Now one can argue that if a black drunken adult hit the White baby, would he lose his job? Maybe or maybe not. Or if this guy yelled at some black “yoofs” who were 16 or 18 and used a racial slur, there might be more sympathy for the guy. But a baby is where a civilized society does something.

          When I first saw the story on the local news I only saw the mother and baby. I assumed that she had a black baby by a Bantu father. I was refreshed to see she had a White husband. But why not go for an Eastern European baby who has more similarities to her than an African baby? SMH

        • That pickaninny must be adopted. Its nose is big enough for its first bone.

    • Duncan

      They are too lazy and violent and envious to be productive.
      They are a parasitical race that needs to be segregated from the rest of the human races.

      • rebellisMMXII

        I cannot imagine how much has been spent as a society and financially on the problems associated with black diversity.

      • Just stop and think of the untold ammount of money ,time and lives expended in Africa the last 400 years and blacks are no more advanced than they were to begin with….

    • Liz Betbeze

      If you replaced all the blacks with venomous snakes the world would be a safer place. You simply can’t ignore danger.

      • rebellisMMXII

        Yep, snakes really just wish to innocently go about their business and they completely avoid contact with humans.

  • MikeofAges

    The world will end not with a bang, but with a whimper. People think that because we (and who is “we” anyway?) can foresee, we can control. But this is one way it can happen. First it’s not okay, then it is. Then it’s okay here, too. And we’re back to the world the way it was before industrialization. A few things will survive though. Hard-wired telegraph. Ocean-going transport. The steam engine. Long-haul shipping. Postal service. Printing. Maybe even wireless telegraphy (i.e. primitive radio).

    • IstvanIN

      Hard wired telegraph? With the blacks stealing the copper wire? How about smoke signals?

      • stewardofthemystery

        Blacks would even figure out some way to steal the flames.

        • IstvanIN

          Or smoke it.

          • Barrack Osama

            I can’t give enough thumbs.

        • SintiriNikos

          I think if blacks are left alone long enough, they will forget how to make fire and wheels.

      • MikeofAges

        Limited telegraph. Telegraph can run off of batteries. Batteries can be made from primitive materials. If electromechanical-cybernetic-biotechnic civilization falls, the surviving technology will not be in place everywhere. In some places, it may be smoke signals, I am just considering what might be able to be built from basic materials. I think my list covers what could survive.

      • bigone4u

        Insufficient intelligence to learn smoke signals. In the Tarzan movies the Africans used drums to communicate.

        • Room101

          I always wondered who made those drums for the menacing africans in the jungle in those old movies. The technology to make such a fine sounding drum is tens-of-thousands of years advanced from even contemporary africans. The concept of the wheel is far beyond even the most brilliant african. The mastery over fire is open to debate as to whether africans possess significant intelligence to exploit it for their own use. Perhaps there’s proof that over thousands of millenia, blacks thought about trying to master fire.

    • The__Bobster

      Ever wonder why turd world nations go wireless?

      • Duncan

        They are too lazy to lay wire and cables so they get some sucker white nation to donate free mobile phone towers and rely stations and the experts needed to run the whole operation.

    • mobilebay

      t.s. elliot must have been thinking of our present situation when he penned those lines.

  • Somebody has to steal the infrastructure white people didn’t take with them.

  • Richard from Vancouver

    An AmRen poster commented a while ago would the last person to leave Detroit please turn off the lights. It sounds like there will be no lights to turn off.

    • SintiriNikos

      I think it was ‘will the last White person…’

  • Barrack Osama

    I don’t even consider Detroit part of the country anymore. It’s a third world wasteland. I only feel for the few racially aware whites who were too poor to escape, and I’m sure there must be some.

    • stewardofthemystery

      “To poor to escape”??? H3ll, more like just too dang lazy and naive. I would rather be homeless in Key West than live anywhere near that dark, rotten “cavity”. If it meant having a six-figure+ job in Detoilet (with the stipulation that you had to live within city limits) or be homeless in a town like Key West, I think you would see me living on the beach near mile marker zero sipping on a frosty Milwaukees Beast. But that’s just me of course.


    • bigone4u

      I’ve often thought that it would be nice if Detroit were given to Canada. Let them deal with it.

  • The__Bobster

    Moolies get only pennies on the dollar for the stuff they steal. They expect YT to replace it. However, in DeToilet, there no longer is a YT willing to replace it.

    • SintiriNikos

      They don’t realize yet that they have killed the goose that lays the golden egg.

  • bigone4u

    In a truly honest, truly civilized country, Detroit would be under martial law. The criminals would be rounded up and deported to Africa. With most of the population gone, the government would allow homesteaders back into the city. Within 10 years Detroit would be a beehive of prosperity. Sadly, to a large degree the US is no longer an honest civilized country. Political correctness and cultural Marxism have doomed us to hear nothing but lies from our “leaders.”

    • Cheri Rodriguez

      Just lease it out to The Chinese for 20+ years with a few crack divisions patrolling the streets. One child per couple. Everybody goes into the sweatshops/fields and works 12 hours a day. Steal or sell drugs and you get a bullet in the back of the head. The whole place would turn around pretty fast.

      • Duncan

        The Chinese would de-flesh the bodies of executed ne’er do well blacks and process it as canned luncheon meat and sell it to the rest of the world.

      • Vanessa

        Putting bullets in the heads of dope fiends is what the Chinese did during their revolution. Damnit why is there so much to learn from them!? We need to start figuring this stuff out ourselves!

        • gemjunior

          Excellent idea, minus the lunch part. If the Chinese could somehow make this proposition I have no doubt there would be a favorable hearing from real Americans who know what’s going on here…..

  • Skincognito

    White Detroiter here. The luminescence of public space was symbolic of social, scientific and technological progress among Whte nations throughout the 19th and early-20th centuries. Detroit today has game-birds and deer roaming the streets. I have seen them. Rome, Milan and London briefly returned to nature after the fall of the Roman Empire, but Detroit has no new, vigorous race revitalizing the civitas. Hello choir, preacher says that Mestizos are not Visigoths.
    Tragic and dangerous, exciting and bizarre; Motown is the new World’s Fair, only now the creative race is on the verge of extinction, and mud failure is proudly and defiantly on display.

    • brengunn

      I actually like that it’s returning to nature. I’d love to see what a large Western city would look like after being fully reclaimed by nature. I’d love to see the adaptations animals and plants make to live there. I’m a big fan of post industrial landscapes, they’re a treasure trove of oddities and strange objects, not to mention beautiful. I’ve seen many photos of Detroit’s decrepitude online, it’s beautiful in a tragic kind of way. It’s just a shame that a good city had to be ruined for these landscapes to be created.

      • Lygeia

        There is a silver lining.

        Detroit had some of the best, most fertile farm land. Industrialization and the steel/auto industry did do environmental damage.

        If Detroit goes back to nature, it will remediate.

        The painter, Thomas Cole, did a series of five pictures called “The Course of Empire.”

        Here is a link:

        It shows how what looks like an unspoiled wilderness becomes a small homestead, a town, a major city, is destroyed, and then becomes unspoiled wilderness again. It’s a cycle.

        We build it; they destroy it. Then the land goes back to its natural state and heals.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    In October, MDOT said, a man was electrocuted near I-96 while trying to steal copper wire from a transformer.

    Bingo! And there you have your answer!

    It’s either the thieves die or the motorists whose lives they endanger by darkening the streets.

    • professor

      It really is like Africa. A white railroad supervisor in Rhodesia would
      explain to the black workers not to touch or step on the third rail or
      they would be killed. He said that the minute he would turn his back
      there would be a crack and sure enough one would be lying dead with
      smoke rolling off the body. Their child like minds must just not
      comprhend consequences.

  • SintiriNikos

    I think if the blacks in Detroit and elsewhere in the US are left to themselves long enough, they will revert to animism, cannibalism, human sacrifice and all the other evils the White man rescued them from when they were brought over on the ships.

  • Jefferson

    Whites currently make up only 7 percent of Detroit’s population.

    I am 100 percent certain that the percentage of Whites in Detroit will dip below 1 percent in our life time.

    I predict Detroit will become the first big major U.S city with a population of over 500,000, to have a White population below 1 percent.

    • stewardofthemystery

      That’s a scary thought. The only solution is to nuke the sight from orbit, like what “Aliens”.

      Hopefully, this is a scene from Detroit some time within the next few decades:

  • Seek

    I have studied the urban condition for most of my professional life and have yet to find a single instance of an American city in which Negroes comprise at least 30 percent of the total population that didn’t descend into serious decay of economy, polity, culture and public safety. Thirty percent is roughly the “tipping point.” Detroit, for the record, is at 80 percent. It is a virtually hopless case in lieu of radical changes the nature of which cannot be mentioned in polite company.

    • Duncan

      People create what is inside their mind.

      Crime, chaos, grime, corruption, disorder, darkness and violence is what is inside that little thick walnut that blacks call their brain and that is reflected in the outside environment that they create for themselves and any other unfortunate that happens to be in that environment .

      It could be modern day Detroit, Haiti, or Mogadishu but the end result will be the same as that is what they create on their own.

  • Funruffian

    If you google you can actually buy a shanty house in Detroit for as low as $500. That’s right. Since no sane individual would live there, they actually have to put a dollar value on such a hovel. Now that White flight has fully commenced in Detroit and started 45 years ago, those people moved to the suburbs within a 20 mile radius of Detoilet. This means that Blacks have been trickling in those suburbs as wel in only recent years. The Whites didn’t move far enough.
    My mother was born in detroit in 1939. Her father decided to relocate to Southern California in 1944. His wife wasn’t happy about it at the time, but that was the wisest choice he ever made for the family.

  • room101

    Huh, government and “diversity” failed yet again.
    Hold onto your wallets, taxpayers, because there’s nothing like complete and utter failure, waste, fraud, abuse, cronyism to open up the spigot to more taxpayer funding.
    Government is always rewarded for all their serial failures with ever larger budget appropriations.
    Their financial incentive is to fail the taxpayers, who must pay at gunpoint or be arrested.

  • June

    Some friends of ours grew up in a missionary family in Africa in the 60s and early 70s. In that era of “de-colonization” they witnessed countless examples of total incompetence, crime, theft, utter stupidity, and pure bestial barbarism. When witnessing or hearing of these situations, they began using the phrase, “Africa wins again” or simply AWA. To this day, nearly half a century later, Africa continues to win.

  • June

    Teach a man to fish and he will feed his family. Teach an African to fish and he’ll eat the bait and then call you a racist for not giving him more.

  • ViktorNN

    Copper wire thievery is common in California too. Victor Davis Hanson documents it happening in the Central Valley where he lives. I’ve also seen streets where it’s happened in Los Angeles, which is remarkable considering that a few people have to do the stealing right out in the open, and apparently don’t get caught doing it. From what I’ve heard it’s illegal hispanics doing much of the damage.

    It would be interesting to find out how much copper wire thievery is going on at the national level. I suspect that the third worlders living amongst us are quite busy literally tearing down the infrastructure that white people built.

  • Valge_Uhkus

    Thisis probably the fate of the rest of the USA, since liberal white-guilt morons continue to “help” the poor savages. We should help ourselves – ship back – for free – any black that wants to go to Africa.

    • stewardofthemystery

      I’ll donate the worlds largest “submarine” that I can build for them! 😉

  • Just like demons, the under belly of Detroit prefers darkness and I’m sure it has something to do with committing crime.