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Read This, Detroit

Surprisingly good essay in The New Republic -- and an interesting read/reaction from a local commentator.

As for The New Republic, the two authors -- Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley -- take on the "Detroit problem" in the well-respected magazine and offer insights and ideas for its reformation. Of particular note is their comparison between the changes happening in Turin, Italy, and how they could be applied in Detroit.

MLive's comments come from blogger and site producer Jonathan Oosting. He is a masters student at MSU and worked as a new media intern at etruth.com and at the Lansing State Journal.

A little background on the authors: Katz is director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. Bradley is a senior research associate with the Metropolitan Policy Program.

According to the magazine, the essay "draws on research undertaken by Brookings and the London School of Economics for a joint project on older industrial cities."

The worst part: the article subhead. "A plan for solving America's greatest urban disaster." Ugh. That hurts.

Best part:

To allow Detroit to continue its march toward death would come at significant costs, both human and economic. For Detroit to die, especially in the face of such tested methods for saving cities, would be an American tragedy.

Hat tip to Philip Lauri (mural painter to the stars) for finding the articles.

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