November 03, 2009
The city saw a 12 percent drop in fires over the three-day period around Halloween compared to a year ago, Mayor Dave Bing announced this morning.Thank goodness there were three whole fewer suspicious fires in Detroit this year than last year. Victory!
"This shows a small number of people can have a big impact," said Bing, who added that an unknown number of city employees who generally help patrol the city did not participate this year because of battles over wage concessions.
According to fire department statistics released at a noon press conference in the City Hall, there were 119 fires -- 91 of which were suspicious -- from Thursday to Saturday. Last year, there were 136 fires during the same period, 94 of which were suspicious. In 2007, there were 142 fires of which 111 were suspicious, according to the city.
Remind me, which political party has run Detroit (and most of the country's major cities that have been sliding into ruin, for that matter) for the last few decades?
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