Recently I wrote an article here about Detroit "needing" the suburbs more than the suburbs "needed" Detroit. Obviously there were a lot of comments on both sides, but I think it is a valid issue.
This is a recent article by Forbes that has Detroit on its Top 10 Most Endangered Cities list. Here is what the article has to say about Detroit.
Cause: Population flight
Detroit's population has decreased by a third since 1950 to about 950,000, and it is expected to shrink slowly but steadily until at least 2030--unemployment inside the city is currently more than 10%. (The suburbs around Detroit, meanwhile, are growing.) If trends hold, Detroit will be altered beyond recognition by 2100.
This is more proof that it isn't the suburbs that have the issue, it is the City and how it is run. In the regional economic game, Detroit is bringing less and less to the table regionally and eventually they won't bring anything at all unless something changes drastically. It needs to start with the Mayor. Once Kwame is gone, the city can begin to rebuilt yet again, but the clock is ticking on Detroit. You have to wonder how many times a rebuilding of the city can fail before investors just decide it isn't worth it anymore.
As a Detroit native, I think a lot of these articles are simply the media piling on, but there are some valid issues that need to be addressed to make sure Detroit isn't relegated to dust by 2100.
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