22.12.08

SUMMARIZE IN ONE SENTENCE. Matt Labash in The Weekly Standard.
If they really hate Detroit, they might recall that its suburbs coughed up Madonna.
It's a long article that covers familiar ground.
In the popular imagination, the Motor City has gone from being the Arsenal of Democracy, so named for their converting auto factories to make the weapons which helped us win World War II, and the incubator of the middle class (now leading the nation in foreclosure rates, Detroit once had the highest rate of home ownership in the country), to being Dysfunction Junction. To Detroit's credit, they've earned it.
That "incubator of the middle class" misleads. Otherwise, it offers no refutation to the shorter version.
Crime, unemployment, school leaving: nothing has changed in a quarter century.
(Weekly Standard reference via Betsy's Page.)

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