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  •  As a former Detroiter (8+ / 0-)

    I actually agree with this

    "For a long time the city was dumb, lazy, happy and rich," he explains. "Detroit has been the center of more change in the 20th century than I dare say virtually any other city, but that wealth allowed us to have a covenant [that held] if you had an eighth grade education, you'll get 30 years of a good job and a pension and great health care, but you don't have to worry about what's going to come."
    The city was dependant on a booming auto industry and this same industry killed any potential diversification of Detroit's economy. Also, "Generous Motors" gave you a great salary and great benefits and it was an easy job to get at the height of the Big 3. Of course that ended and we see a city still very dependant on an auto industry that builds very few cars there.

    I left Detroit because of "dumb" decisions of city leaders who weren't creative enough to figure out a better future for their city. Their idea of a better city was leveling whole blocks of established businesses to build a couple ugly casinos.

    I've been back recently and I see a new spirit of entrepreneurship by young people. Maybe that is what the city needed all along - thinking by those not beholden to the auto industry.

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