Canary in a Coalmine

Detroit is dying. Industry is gone. There’s almost no income to tax. Unemployment is 28%. The population has fallen steadily since the 1960s, and those leaving are the ones with enough money and vision to find a way out, leaving a higher percentage of the rest dependent on the government for support. The end game for Detroit is to raze the buildings and let the remaining population drift away. There’s not even enough money to provide for police and fire services. Here’s a look at what some Detroit looked like when it was part of America and how how it looks now.
The latest positive spin is to call the deconstruction of neighborhoods creating an urban prairie.

Every wave, regardless of how high and forceful it crests, must eventually collapse within itself.
–Stefan Zweig

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