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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