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gentrification or community?
August 12, 2013, 11:47 pm
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Economist Joseph Stiglitz describes the roots of Detroit’s decline and identifies remedies in his article in the New York Times. Three causes are loss of industry and the middle class jobs it provided, and racial and economic segregation and discrimination. And the remedy is to build new economies that support community, in education, culture, government, transportation and infrastructure. Excerpts from Stiglitz’s article:

As historians like Thomas J. Sugrue have demonstrated, the disintegration of Detroit precedes the conflicts over social-welfare programs and race relations (including riots in 1967) and reaches back into the postwar decades, a time when the roots of deindustrialization, racial discrimination and geographic isolation were planted. We’ve reaped what we’ve sown.

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Manchester, the center of Britain’s textile industry for more than a century, has been transformed into a center of education, culture and music. America does have an urban renewal program, but it is aimed more at restoring buildings and gentrification than at maintaining and restoring communities, and even at that, it is languishing.

The Wrong Lesson From Detroit’s Bankruptcy, by JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ

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