By 1967 residents were leaving Detroit city for its suburbs following the new auto plants,new homes, they did all this with ease thanks to the newly constructed interstate system which connected Detroit to all the suburbs. White residents moved out centralizing the black population all within one area in Detroit. This sudden sprawl of residents left Detroit in an economic slump and it only got worse. On July 23, 1967 police attempted to break up an illegal after hours party at a local bar which escalated to a riot lasting 5 days, killing 43 people, destroying more than 2,000 commercial and residential buildings, and leaving over 5000 people homeless. Dollar losses from looting, vandalism and damages to buildings ranged from $40million to $80million dollars.A lot of the tension that led to the “race riot” erupted from unequal treatment to the black population. It all began when African Americans first fled to Detroit during the Great Migration. In that time period Detroit was receiving more people than what it could house, the development of housing units was not keeping up with the increasing population.Due to the high population and not enough resources the black population was discriminated in both the housing and job sector. The auto industry presented an opportunity for the black population but it all vanished when the auto industry decided to move to the suburbs to avoid city taxation. Other commercial and industrial jobs followed the auto industry all which favored the population participating in the white flight. After the riot it was agreed upon that the biggest casualty was not the people who were hurt or killed, but Detroit itself. Not only did the riot cause social damage through injuries and deaths but the economy took a great hit. Detroit quickly became isolated, everything that boosted the economy from jobs, taxes, tourism, everything fled with the business and the white flight that occurred when the riot posed a threat.