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Same Old, Same Old in Dying Detroit

Detroit’s population  shrank 25% in the last decade, and 11.6% of those who remain are unemployed. Things have gone radically wrong, and big changes are needed to get the city back on its feet.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be in the cards. Mayor Dave Bing initially outlined an ambitious plan to spur economic growth and rein in government spending by channeling both the city’s population and its government services into its best neighborhoods and cutting back on services in the dead zones.

It looks like the status quo is stronger than the mayor.  By the time his honor got around to unveiling the actual plan, the sweeping vision was replaced by baby steps and half measures.

Bad news, and not just for Detroit.  The times demand rapid and in some cases radical change; the longer we delay the more it will hurt when we are finally forced to act.

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  • Anthony

    WRM, “status quo” is stronger than mayor. Whose politics were shortsighted, opportunistic, and irresponsible since 1950s whereby a once great American city finds itself in the throes of bad news (neighborhoods as “steady, transitional, or”…)? And what do we do given demographic trends toward megalopolis?

  • Luke Lea

    Makes the case for New Towns in the Country. 🙂 (pp. 41-57)

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