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The desolation that is modern Detroit was one of the most shocking things I've ever seen.  I lived in Ann Arbor for several years, an isolated enclave of wealth supported by the university and the various industries it draws, but I made it out to Detroit on several occasions, and it is just shocking.

Seriously, neither China nor Thailand looked anywhere close to as bad.

by Zwackus on Wed Feb 13th, 2008 at 05:33:59 PM EST
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It's a modern ruin. Various parts of the old industrial east look similar. Detroit is particularly bad as it was not successful in bringing in any modern industry (semiconductors, biotech, etc) when heavy industry started to die off. Detroit and Baltimore in particular no longer have a reason to exist, frankly.

Most of the wealth in the US is concentrating in a handful of larger cities. The wealth on display here in San Francisco and Los Angeles was very surprising to me when I first saw it, and I grew up in a city (Minneapolis) that went straight from an agricultural center to a white collar town and as such has maintained its health and prosperity for many decades.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Wed Feb 13th, 2008 at 07:39:51 PM EST
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