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  •  This Was Already Getting Too Long... (2+ / 0-)
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    Phoenix Woman, Navy Vet Terp

    ...so I axed mention of how my family story mirrors some of what he's talking about.  My grandparents came to Detroit in the 20's, from farms in Canada.  I'm now in DC.  And DC is obviously hugely influenced by the government, but a lot of what's here fits what Florida describes as creative class.  

    And like with and Seattle, I like DC.  I love my neighborhood and some of the surrounding neighborhoods.  But DC definitely lacks the edginess of Detroit.  When I go home, I end up spending most of my time hitting dive bars in Hamtramck and downriver, places down by Wayne State and the cultural center, I take my mom with me to get coney islands, I get Arabic food in Dearborn, and I see lots of people very unlike the "creative class" types all over DC.  I think there's a great degree of racial integration and comity here in DC, and that's a relief.  But DC could never produce the cultural ferment that's led to all the great music from Detroit.  

    In short, DC may be racially and ethnically mixed.  But it's not that mixed in terms of social class.  I miss that about Detroit.  

    I'll probably live here the rest of my life.  But Detroit will always be home.  

    "Dignified people, without a whimsical streak, almost never offer fresh insights, in economics or anywhere else." Paul Krugman

    by Dana Houle on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 05:22:25 PM PST

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    •  Detroit may have it better than the Sun Belt (1+ / 0-)
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      alizard

      While Detroit is on the ropes, it can be sitting pretty again if it transitions to the electric car in the next ten years and the economy in general starts to come around.  It really wouldn't take that much, if the Big Two and a Half can make it through the next five years.

      Many of the Sun Belt places don't yet have much beyond houses and people -- in fact, many of them are essentially warehouses for people -- and many of those people are resolutely non-creative.  With water issues being brought to the fore -- and with Los Angeles being able to afford better lawyers to grab more of the overextended Colorado River -- there may be a swift depopulating of places like Mesa.

      Visit http://theuptake.org/ for Minnesota news as it happens.

      by Phoenix Woman on Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 09:15:21 PM PST

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    •  dc used to be edgier. (1+ / 0-)
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      alizard

      80's and 90's.

      then again, getting shot at in DC used to be a regular occurence
      and wandering into Klan meetings...

      maybe DC gets a bit edgier when you know escorts?

      Jesus ain't comin', go ahead and put the Nukes back now.

      by RisingTide on Mon Feb 23, 2009 at 10:38:59 AM PST

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