Are We Losing Population That We Aren’t Seeing
Some will discount this, some won’t care and some will be in denial; Royal Oak is Losing its Luster. In the past, part of the allure to live in Royal Oak, Ferndale and Birmingham was that there really wasn’t a major Urban City, such as Toronto, or Chicago, like there are in other states. Detroit was, and some would argue still is a mess. So for those seeking an Urban Lifestyle, the handful of smaller cities in SE Michigan such as Royal Oak were as close to urban as they could get.
The Ground is Shifting
Anyone paying any attention to what’s going on can see that there is clearly a movement, the ground has shifted, specifically with the younger demographic who are moving from Royal Oak to the D. It is a new day; they feel they can make a difference in something big and they want to be part of it. That segment of the local population in Royal Oak is decreasing. Perhaps just a slow stream now, but make no mistake, there will be a tipping point.
Do We Care
The bigger question is does anyone care, or are we so wrapped up in things like checking every household for proper dog license, and stupidly sticking a pencil in our best customers eye with every crazy parking ticket. My worry isn’t that Detroit is gaining much needed momentum, its that I don’t think that the folks running the City really care that much if we lose population, particularly the younger demographic, you know the drinkers and hell raisers.