‘The last thing Detroit teaches us is that America too often doesn’t learn from its mistakes. Detroit’s troubles have been evident for quite some time, yet it’s hard to see that many other post industrial cities have managed to carve out a different path. Rather, they pretended that Detroit’s fall was somehow unique due to its auto industry dependence – and managed to ignore other failed cities as well – while embarking on the same turnaround strategy via conventional wisdom and silver bullets.’
The broader principle is that we’ll likely need some kind of renewal in ourselves, in technology, and perhaps in industry again if we want genuine growth and optimism. The pie needs to be growing.
You don’t need a new $450 million hockey stadium when you can’t provide basic services.
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GM is not a municipality, but good money got put in, probably after bad and it reeks of politics: From The Detroit News: ‘How The Treasury, GM Stock Deal Got Done’