Detroit and Birmingham have a lot in common.
We tend blame current politicians and citizenry for problems that were created by decades of global economic evolution.
Link: John Cassidy: Don’t Give Up on Detroit : The New Yorker:
Contrary to what some commentators have been arguing, however, Detroit’s troubles can’t be traced simply to bloated payrolls and intransigent public-sector unions: decades of deindustrialization are the main culprit. The population peaked in 1950, at 1.85 million. Since then, as the auto industry declined, and almost all the city’s white residents moved to the suburbs, the population has dropped by about sixty per cent
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