Those who've read this blog know that I LOVE cities. I love the energy, the noise, the conveniences, and even some of the grit (though not too much). I love that more cities are seeing more investment and growth in their historic and commercial cores. I particularly 24/7 cities, where there is always some solid amount of activity anytime one ventures out.
I was fascinated by an article in Slate that I read regarding Detroit, a city that has experienced incredible decline in the last several decades. With the re-emergence of the American auto industry, people have been talking up "Detroit," but this article focused on a documentary that posits whether or not the real Detroit is a harbinger of things to come for the U.S., as we adjust to the new realities of the global marketplace.
As I watched the video clip (which I will include below), I was reminded of the things I saw when I traveled to New Orleans following the Katrina related flooding. It's clear that Detroit, like New Orleans, needs some real comprehensive city planning. Perhaps, Detroit could become a re-imagined city with a smaller footprint. I think that it can be a great potential laboratory, and jobs could be created in a variety of areas as those experiments are tried and tested. Perhaps Detroit needs a well managed overhauling, and one that the people of the city supports, as did the auto companies that have made such a comeback.