drbubb Posted June 5, 2008 Report Share Posted June 5, 2008 Few seem to be talking about it, but $4 per gallon gasoline seems to have pushed many small family-owned Trucking firms over the edge Reportedly, small firms are going bust all across the country. And GM has shifted its manufacturing production away from Trucks. DJ US Trucking Index ... update 1 : update 2 =========== Here's a posting from Depression2, which picks up on this theme: (from Robert - I grew up South of Detroit in a city called Toledo. We are a smaller cousin of Detroit as most of our industrial output hinges on the Big 3 automakers. We have Jeep/Chrysler/Ford and Chevrolet plants in our area. As Detroit has gone, so have we. But our city size never grew that big, so the re-adjustment hasn't been as severe. To blame what is happening in Detroit on the current crisis is to misunderstand what happened in Detroit. I can remember going to see a Red Wings game back when I was 14 years old(almost 25 years ago) and having the same exact impression as you did. BLOCK and BLOCK of gutted homes and tenament buildings. It was eerie. But this is a disaster that was in the making for decades. I am sure parts of the city have gotten exponentialy worse over the past 5 years, but the rot has been there for far longer. I won't try and gloss over the problems with Detroit, but what I will try and do is paint a picture of what could be. Detroit WAS NOT a city designed for Automobile age, it was hi-jacked and forced to be that way. Detroit was founded on the shores of lake Erie and the Detroit River as a frontier town fort, much like Toledo, Ohio. It was known as Fort Detroit and it was perfectly located near a large expanse of water(lake Erie) and a large river(Detroit River). It makes it a perfect location as a transportation hub in a future of NO TRUCKING. It is serviced by the heaviest concentration of heavy rail outside the Eastern corridor and has ultimate access to the Atlantic Ocean through the Erie Canal and SOON it will be serviced by deep ocean cargo container ships from Canada. So LONG TERM I think Detroit will lead this country into this new area, as will my home city of Toledo. We are currently (toledo) a hub of Solar Technology. Big solar firms are locating here such as First Solar. They realize our central location and our proximity to the Great Lakes will revitalize this area, for the same exact reason it became the hub of this country in centuries past. THINK IT THROUGH. Once there is a re-alignment(read crash) of the US Economy, things will take on a decidedly 1800's type look to it. Low energy transport has to be part of the solution and Detroit and Chicago and Up-State New York and Cleveland and all those old Rust belt cities are going to be the future transport hubs once again. Trucking and the interstate highway systems destroyed these cities. What is truly ironic is that it was the short sided vision of the Ford's and Goodyears that brought about this outcome. If they hadn't destroyed the rail systems and other long distance transport systems(barges, river shipping), by pushing Trucking, we probably wouldn't be in this mess. They COMPLETELY misunderstood the power of their discovery. They weren't patient enough. They thought that at 10% of the population owning automobiles they had "saturated" their markets. Time would have proven that to be totaly wrong. People would have understood the benefit of the Automobile for short range transport and the inner-city infrastructure would have risen up to accomadate it. But in typical socialist fashion they got the government to help them conspire to kill long range transport in favor of trucking and busses and automobiles. /see: Tue, 06/03/2008 - 08:16 / http://www.depression2.tv/d2/node/118?page=1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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