What do Detroit's woes mean for the nation?

  • Article by: Washington Post Editorial
  • Updated: June 26, 2013 - 7:05 PM

Urban America has a much-needed new truth-teller, and his name is Kevyn Orr.

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jdlellis1Jun. 26, 13 7:27 PM

This is not overly complicated. There are three core factors "required" for any municipality to thrive. 1-Safety/Security: No citizen desires to exist in an environment in which they or their property are in constant jeopardy. 2-Education: Young families must believe their school district will assist the family in providing a quality education. 3-A Solid/Supportive Business Climate: Required to fund essential services. Tragically Detroit's demise began when capitalism turned automobile manufacturing into a global commodity tearing into the economic fabric of Detroit. Even more tragic is the similarities in the demise of Detroit emerging more so in Minneapolis than St. Paul.

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phatcatpatJun. 26, 13 7:40 PM

Detroit is the future of all large cities run by Democrats.

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phatcatpatJun. 26, 13 7:42 PM

"The only way to finance this plan for rebirth is to seek concessions — deep concessions — from the public-employee unions"

Unions would rather destroy their jobs and the city before agreeing to a concession.

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Mark27Jun. 26, 13 8:11 PM

At least 50% of Detroit's problems were inevitable....the direct consequence of having a near monopoly on the global production of a consumer product that has among the highest level of demand in the world.....and then watching the rest of the world modernize in a way that it could produce and bring to market that same high-demand consumer good better and more cheaply. The post-World War II era was an anomaly in that America was the only place on the globe with the capacity to be a manufacturing hub that was not blown to smitherines by war, and just as Americans were conned into too-good-to-be-true bubble economies that we believed would go on forever in the late 90s dot-com era and in the mid-2000s housing bubble, the nation allowed itself to believe the 1950s and 1960s was the new normal. And no place did that arrogance set in more than in Detroit. But those playing the blame game on Detroit neglect to recognize that they thought the party would go on forever during Detroit's heyday as well....just as we all told ourselves good times were the new normal back in 1999 and 2005. Obviously the other 50% of Detroit's woes is largely their own fault, and is largely connected to a corrupt and lazy local government, but please don't pretend that if only autoworkers had worked for poverty wages all these years rather than laid the framework for the modern middle class, that Detroit would be the model of upward mobility right now.

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Mark27Jun. 26, 13 8:18 PM

As for "deep concessions by public employees", they're inevitable, but it's hilarious that anybody believes that Detroit's road to a turnaround is for the last middle-class person in the city to lose his pension and then dumpster-dive for meals from that day forward. Frightening that every "common sense conservative" in America believes the road to recovery is paved with as many people as possible having as much of their income as possible taken away....and that they're actually serious when making this diagnosis for prosperity.

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Truckman182Jun. 26, 13 8:20 PM

The liberals have decimated Detroit by blaming everyone else but the residents for their poor choices and behavior. Millions upon millions have been thrown at Detroit only to be siphoned off by one crooked mayor and his cronies after another. No one wants to say it but Detroit's demise started with the "white flight" to the suburbs. Good citizens left along with the quality of life and security. 70 percent of the city is not fit for human habitation. Very sad.

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gvvoiceJun. 26, 13 8:34 PM

Unions killed Detroit. I lived there for 20 years. It's a shame. Both public and private unions are to blame and a city that routinely elected corrupt officials can't blame others for this mess. They made this mess and they should clean it up.

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phatcatpatJun. 26, 13 8:34 PM

The funniest thing about Detroit and other cities that are in deep trouble is that they continually re-elect the same party thinking that the situation is going to improve. What do they call it when you do the same thing over and over again expecting different results?

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jimjimjimjimJun. 26, 13 8:37 PM

Democrats have held the governor's office in Detroit since 1962. Need we say more?

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Don9539Jun. 26, 13 8:46 PM

It has now been over 50 years since Detroit did not have a Democrat mayor.

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