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How to Shrink a City

In today's NYT, correspondent Susan Saulny explores one of the trickiest questions facing Detroit: How to Shrink a City?

Here's an excerpt:

“This is by far the biggest city that has faced this challenge in this country,” said Frank Popper, a professor of planning and public policy at Rutgers University. “Some of the thinking has been that Detroit would be the model.”

That hope has taken a hit.

“My sense is while there may be plans on the ground, the situation is so fluid that everybody's winging it,” Dr. Popper said. “I'm trying to follow it day to day, and I get the feeling of improvising all the way. But doing nothing is a prescription for dwindling away, if not dying.”

Read the full story here. And stay tuned.

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