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Yes, that's basically it.

There was never a huge bubble in Detroit or a lot of other cities in the Midwest.  It's just a long slow decline. I'm not even sure that Northern England captures it either.  In 1970 Detroit had 1.5 million people, now it only has 714,000.  The city's population declined by over half.

That sort of absolute collapse hasn't really happened in Northern England.  The closest case is Liverpool, and even that's more like a 15-20% decline in population in the same period.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Tue May 17th, 2011 at 10:32:02 AM EST
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