Thursday, May 31, 2012

Detroit's prospects may be better than we think

by Kaid Benfield

As almost everyone knows, Detroit is a city with some serious problems.  But, as I have written before, it's more complicated than some pundits allow:  while it is true that the central city has been famously "shrinking," its suburbs have actually been growing in recent decades.  Looking at Detroit the region rather than Detroit the central city, the situation is still far from rosy, but not as dramatically dire as some suggest.
Lower Woodward

I find it nothing short of tragic that so many people are writing off the city's prospects - and concentrating mainly on how to adapt to a decline of population and economic activity that they believe is essentially permanent - when the region has been expanding.  Hollowed-out centers accompanied by sprawl on the fringe are horrible for the environment and for people.  The last thing we should be doing is institutionalizing that pattern.

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