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It would be interesting to see statistics about inner city collapse as the result of the loss of manufacturing. (This is presumably not just a U.S. problem, as plenty of European goods are imported from China also.) There were plenty of slums around back in the 1950s...
by asdf on Thu Mar 2nd, 2006 at 08:38:02 PM EST
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You don't think a city like Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, or Philadelphia has suffered greatly in the last 40 years? You know, the whole underclass debate, crack epidemic, etc.?

I think the problem is less acute than it was 10 years ago, but these cities - in different measures - have just been decimated since the 1950s. St. Louis's population, for example, has fallen by something like 66% in this time frame. Detroit by somewhere in the neighborhood of 50%.

The problem exists in Europe too. But I think it was more acute in the US because of the way poverty was racialized and spacially demarcated.

by Ben P (wbp@u.washington.edu) on Thu Mar 2nd, 2006 at 09:51:19 PM EST
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