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True.  There were also some factors that helped to cushion the blow there -- immigration, a fair amount of government money being pumped in, a long housing bubble, etc -- that weren't present in Detroit.

But that's why even people who don't live in the US reference Detroit when talking about urban collapse.  Most big cities have areas that look Detroit-ish.  Even wealthy ones like New York and London.  But Detroit is other-worldly in the scale of it.

Even the 1.5m figure understates it a bit.  Didn't Detroit peak in 1950 at about 2m?

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Tue May 17th, 2011 at 10:55:35 AM EST
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