Is Motor City “Running on Empty” Or Are Reports of Detroit’s Demise Greatly Exaggerated?

Is Motor City “Running on Empty” Or Are Reports of Detroit’s Demise Greatly Exaggerated?

Has Detroit reached its tipping point? Is the implosion of the American auto industry a kind of man-made Katrina for the Motor City?

Published February 23, 2011

Detroit's Mayor David Bing gives his State of the City address Tuesday. A reduction in the most violent of crimes, lower unemployment, an ambitious plan to eradicate vacant houses and lopping $180 million off the budget deficit are some reasons for optimism in Detroit, Bing said in his State of the City address. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, Elizabeth Conley)

Has Detroit reached its tipping point? Is the implosion of the American auto industry a kind of man-made Katrina for the Motor City?  Or will Detroit rise up from its ash heap of urban devastation and round a corner as adroitly and smoothly as a newfangled gas-electric hybrid?

Whether this city, once our most prosperous manufacturing hub and the fourth largest city in the nation (now it’s the 11th), ultimately will make a comeback is anybody’s guess.  But to borrow a phrase from Mark Twain: Reports of its death are an exaggeration.

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Written by Steven Barboza

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