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The collapse happened in the towns and villages around the cities - usually the ones that relied on mining. But it was softened by the UK's safety net, which made it possible for some people to stay unemployed for a long time - often with a sideline in the black economy - and not lose their homes.

So prices are lower than the UK average, but there was no crash to rock bottom, and the population outflow was more of a trickle than a panicked or forced exodus.

It was still socially devastating at the time, though.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue May 17th, 2011 at 11:55:09 AM EST
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Also, isn't part of the problem the rather strong decentralisation of public services such as schooling, hospitals, etc... ? Once the Detroit City administration starts bleeding money, all the services become deeply underfunded so that it's a good bet to commute from the next county rather than live there ?

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères
by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Tue May 17th, 2011 at 04:35:09 PM EST
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